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Old 18th December 2018, 23:38   #931
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I see you're a fan of reflective tapes, so am I!
Talking of reflective tape, any suggestions for reflective patches that can be attached to the backpack to make it more reflective? A quick search on amazon doesn't bring up any significant result other than overpriced harley patches.
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Talking of reflective tape, any suggestions for reflective patches that can be attached to the backpack to make it more reflective? A quick search on amazon doesn't bring up any significant result other than overpriced harley patches.

Get to the area, which sells industrial supplies. In Hyderabad that would be Ranigunj.

Buy one of these:
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You can also find these on Amazon. They will cost about a hundred rupees.
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You can also find these on Amazon. They will cost about a hundred rupees.

I meant something to make my backpack more reflective, not my back
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I meant something to make my backpack more reflective, not my back
Buy this. Cut out the reflective lines. Stitch them into your backpack.
This is easily available hence the jugaad idea.
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I meant something to make my backpack more reflective, not my back
Simply stick some 3M reflective tape. Available for cheap online or you could go to one of those better hardware shops, like the ones in Chandni Chowk in Delhi
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Simply stick some 3M reflective tape. Available for cheap online or you could go to one of those better hardware shops, like the ones in Chandni Chowk in Delhi
Stickers peel away from the backpack. I have tried this before.
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Stickers peel away from the backpack. I have tried this before.
I hear you. That's why I recommended 3M. Their tapes are pretty sturdy. Otherwise, just buy a couple of rolls and keep a few chopped bits handy. Its less than 100 bucks for a 2 feet long roll IIRC
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Buy this. Cut out the reflective lines. Stitch them into your backpack.
This is easily available hence the jugaad idea.
I like the idea but personally I am not a big fan of jugaad. Will go for this if I can't get something else. Maybe thi

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I hear you. That's why I recommended 3M. Their tapes are pretty sturdy. Otherwise, just buy a couple of rolls and keep a few chopped bits handy. Its less than 100 bucks for a 2 feet long roll IIRC
What is the difference between 3M reflective stickers and tape? I have a couple of feet of sticker roll with me, but like @bblost said, they don't stick to the backpack.
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I like the idea but personally I am not a big fan of jugaad.
Not necessarily a jugaad. Have been distributing reflective tapes for school backpacks as part of road safety for school kids. Reflective tapes get stapled to school bags for added visibility during winter mornings & evenings.

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Some backpacks & travel bags now have a reflective strip. I recently picked up a Skybags backpack that has 1" grey reflective strip across its width.
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Talking of reflective tape, any suggestions for reflective patches that can be attached to the backpack to make it more reflective? A quick search on amazon doesn't bring up any significant result other than overpriced harley patches.
Well, I normally dont hang my RE back pack on my shoulder and always make it a point to strap it on my bike. For night riding, I cover the Backpack with one of those Saddlebag waterproof covers from Dirtsack (yellow color) and strap the bag on the bike's rear seat with a Rynox Bungee chord which is reflective in nature.
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I'm considering using the final week of the year for a ride from Bangalore to Mumbai and back (family will be there for the week). What's a recommended route? NH4 all the way will be utterly dull. Someone suggested I ride to Mangalore and up the coast from there. This sounds interesting.

If anyone has done this, what are recommended stops on the way, and how should I space this out? Ride (one-way) over two days? Three?
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Autocar India tests the Himalayan against the Versys X300 and BMW 310GS -

https://www.autocarindia.com/bike-co...parison-411004

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Although, it should be said, that none of us were completely in love with any of these bikes. Each has a healthy share of downsides, and, sadly, the ideal, affordable ADV for India doesn’t exist just yet. Hopefully that might change next year with the arrival of a certain highly anticipated Austrian machine, but until then, the RE gets the job done the best. So, if like us, you too can’t wait to load up all of your worldly belongings onto a motorcycle and set off into the horizon, it’s the Himalayan you should be saving up for.

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I'm considering using the final week of the year for a ride from Bangalore to Mumbai and back (family will be there for the week). What's a recommended route? NH4 all the way will be utterly dull. Someone suggested I ride to Mangalore and up the coast from there. This sounds interesting.
Have done this on the bike a couple of times, using NH4 and also along the coast. Yes, NH4 is utterly dull on a bike. If you have the time, do the coast ride. Stop over at a beach near Mangalore, maybe Kaup or Marvanthe. Then a day or two in Goa. Beyond that, both Malvan and Ratnagiri are pretty nice.

Edit: Just saw the query was for the last week of last year. So I guess the ride is already done then.
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Not sure whether this is true, but the below article speculates that the Himalayan may get the new parallel twin 650 cc engine from Interceptor and will be launched this year.

Source: https://gaadiwaadi.com/re-himalayan-...gine-this-year
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Not sure whether this is true, but the below article speculates that the Himalayan may get the new parallel twin 650 cc engine from Interceptor and will be launched this year.

Source: https://gaadiwaadi.com/re-himalayan-...gine-this-year
Quite unlikely, as their senior leadership had made it quite clear that the next launch with this engine is at least 2 years away. With no mules spotted anywhere I guess 2020 would be the more probable year of launch.
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