Seen any good videos?
Just watched "Riding Solo to the Top of the World by Gaurav Jani. Jani rides a Royal Enfield 350 Bullet to altitudes over 18,000 feet in the Kashmir region and Chinese border region with India.
The film stands out for a few reasons.
- Jani operates with the simplest equipment and bike imaginable. The Bullet is a basic carbureted single cylinder bike; his luggage is a yellow tarp draped over the bike and then wrapped around his load.
- He is his own film crew and goes to great lengths to set up moving shots. He shows how he has to ride to a spot, climb a steep hill, set up the camera, then ride back and get the shot of himself on the trail, and finally return and retrieve the camera.
- He spends much of his time with a group of mountain sheep herders called the Chang pas. These are tough people who live much as their ancestors did 500 years ago (except for the cast off American sports memorabilia clothing they wear). These are tough people to whom the concept of being overweight is completely unknown.
The video is interesting in that it highlights the differences between the Spartan approach to adventure riding Jani uses to the equipment intense approach many of us use in our riding.