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Old 19th March 2015, 13:37   #61
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The Petrol tank of my RD had a huge dent when it arrived. It was in scrap condition so I guess they did not pay much attention. The packing was very similar as yours. I have a thread about my restoration in the motorcycle thread.

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I have been following your restoration thread - has come out very well, great job!

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Old 21st May 2015, 17:33   #62
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Hi, does anyone know the procedure to transport bikes on trains?
I am planning to travel from Delhi to Bangalore by Rajdhani. Can I transport my bike (Classic 350) by the same train? How much would it cost me? Would I have to do the packing?

Any help is much appreciated.
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Need to shift my Karizma from Delhi to Bangalore. Worried about damage to the fairing.

What is my safest option to transport the same? IRCTC, GATI, SafeExpress, Agarwal all have both good and bad reviews.
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Recently my friend transported his Bullet from Bangalore to Hyderabad by VRL roadlines. I was there with him while we received the bike in Hyderabad and I was astonished by the care taken for transporting the bike which is the best I have seen till date. They took around four days from point to point, but I should say its worth it if you want zero damages.

The bike was covered with cushioning material first like foam and rags, and upon that they covered the major parts with carton roll. Then, the bike was put inside a dedicated bike pallet which is a cage made out of steel. The bike is secured and strapped inside this pallet and is sealed. The entire transportation part happens with this pallet and any movements can be made using forklift and cranes. I was curious to know how they would lift and unload the bikes off the trucks and once I saw the pallet I was surprised. Usually other services do it by hand or roll down the bike using a ramp. But in this case, from the origin till the destination, the bike is untouched and is removed from the pallet only at the destination. This was done in front of us when we went to collect the bike.

The total cost came up to 3.5k odd but if one is really specific about the handling, then this is definitely a recommended service. For me, after seeing bikes being handled in trains and the luggage carriers of buses, this was a day night change.

EDIT: I found a video of the same:

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EDIT: I found a video of the same:
I think we have a winner! Will give them a call, get a quote and update the thread.

SafeExpress gave me a quote for INR 5100. Since the bike is 12 years old with an IDV of 16k, not sure how much of a premium I am willing to pay on top of this.
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Need to shift my Karizma from Delhi to Bangalore. Worried about damage to the fairing.

What is my safest option to transport the same? IRCTC, GATI, SafeExpress, Agarwal all have both good and bad reviews.
I used Agarwal packers (there are two, and I used the one with the fauji emblem) from Chandigarh to Bangalore last year and it was smooth with the bike delivered without a scratch. They charged 9k plus taxes. Like you, I was apprehensive since all transporters have mixed reviews, with or without pallets and I think it can be a hit or miss affair. So start with one of the reputed names and ask a lot of questions which should signal intent to them that you are an informed customer. If I had a choice, I would have preferred to ride down but happy it worked out for me. Railways are also decent if you pick a train which originated at Delhi and terminates at Bangalore. You get to supervise the loading unloading and also travel with your beloved steed. Since your ride is quite old i feel railways are the most cost effective option.

Hope this helped.

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Hope this helped.
The railways just seems like too much hassel and I am ok with paying 2-3k extra for someone coming to my place. packing it, taking it away and delivering it to my place in BLR. That is why I ruled out the railways. Time and effort just sounds like a lot of pain. Add to it Ubering from and to the train station and tips involved!

Let me call a few fols tomorrow and update my findings.

Cheers

My Karizma is practically new, has 21k on the odo and sports brand new shoes. I did think about selling it and upgrading in BLR, but too much love for this old steed. And it needs to see some good roads now!

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