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Old 17 Apr 2012
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Everest to London.... on a Royal Enfield Bullet 350cc.

Hi folks,

I am planning a trip to do next year, London to Everest base camp. After talking with few rider friends, they all suggested me to think about the way round, instead doing London-Everest, do Everest to London.

How? Getting a flight to Mumbai (which is quite cheap from London), buy a Royal Enfield Bullet 350cc there, than, get the road to Everest, and than, come back home riding! It will be much more interesting, cheaper (don't need to ship the bike back ) and an Enfield will be much cheaper, easy to fix and definitely more classic to do such adventure than a Yamaha Tenere, the bike that I would pick if I would do London-Everest.

What do you think about it folks? Do you know anyone who has done this before?

Cheers mates!

Joas
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No, but I think you can call it "The Other Way Around." Or "Back From Where I started from." Sounds like fun to me.
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Hi folks,

What do you think about it folks? Do you know anyone who has done this before?

Cheers mates!

Joas
If you look in the blogs within HU I am sure you will find more info about both the route and the Royal Enfield.

This is my personal favourite about that route:-
Old Bloke on a Bike | Travels of an old guy on an old bike, from one side of the world to the other
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Hey Joas.

My friend and I are currently doing a trip from Singapore to London on an 1965 Enfield 350, and a 1974 500.

originally we thought we would go to India, buy some bikes and head to London, but there where too many uncertainty's. So instead we bought some in Australia, shipped them to Singapore and are now in Thailand.

We're only 3000klms in so I'm sure I will be able to be of more use to you once we're finished.

One thing I will say though, is that it was good to buy them at home first, as we rebuilt them completely and got our heads around how they worked. Which has been handy twice so far.

also you probably should make some modifications to them before you start to travel long distances.
go to http://http://www.hitchcocksmotorcycles.com/home and have a look at some of there stuff. the alloy push rods and the boyer brandsen powerboxes would be something that i would think about taking with me to install once i had bought the bike. also titanium valves are a good idea as they will be getting a fair work-out

but none of it is necessary, it will just make your life easier.

if your at all interested, our website is The Bullet Diaries | Toby Barton – Will Bakes, Singapore to England

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Hey Toby! That's awesome! Definitely I will follow our blog and see how your adventure is going.

What route are you planning to do? When do you expect to arrive in London? We need to meet up!

Let me know!

All the best mate, and good luck!

Joas
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As long as you are good with the spanners
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@ joashphoto

Everest to London sounds awesome, and on an Enfield will make it even more of an adventure!

I guess you would plan to keep the bike with you (and use it) in London once your done with the trip in which case, i think you'll have to check if it complies with the various norms in the UK. The newer Enfields which have the UCE engines won't need too many modifications as compared to the Cast Iron Engines.

But if you get you get a bike that's considered vintage (i think more than 25 years old) then I think you save on tax as well as not having to make any more modifications on it.

Personally I think doing it on the older bikes will make the trip more special, and with the various mod's that Toby mentioned, I think they can be reliable as well.

I live in Mumbai and am an Enfield enthusiast myself, so if you need any help, bike related or otherwise let me know. I'll be happy to help.


@ Toby

You're on an epic trip! Let me know if you are you planning on hitting Mumbai, would love to meet up and hear more about your journey.


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no probleam but geat yuor bike in new delhi or pushkar instead cheapear and a good place to geat a enfield rebuild and custum made is in pusckar thear is on enfield lover whid name mukesch .that have a bike shop and are weal nown .i have done this trip 3 times ones in a jeep year 2010 and 2 times one enfield 1999 and 2004 the to last times dident nead any carne the pasage the beast thing to du buy a old bike and rebuild it compleatly old bike yuo can geat four about 400 euro .thear is a lot off stupid temporary bikers that dosent now jack shit about bikes and whil seal them veary cheap good luck
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I am vaguely curious about the fact that there's no road to Everest Base Camp.
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By which route?

Nice idea but am curious about your plan to get through Pakistan and Iran in the current political climate....?! I am in UK and thinking of riding out this summer, it's been a very long dream to go on a decent enduro to India. I have the time and funds but cant get my head around going through the middle east when WWIII looks to unfold anyday now. Whaddya reckon?
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