arc welding repair on motorbike (india)

Welder repairing a broken shock on my motorbike, in Sikkim (India)

The ring at the top of my right shock broke (that's where the top of the shock gets attached to the bracket on the frame).­ You can see the shock with the broken ring on this photo.

I was lucky to find a welder in the closest village.­ His shop was closed and he was home on a day off, but he opened it for me.­

Of course he did not have a replacement shock that would fit, but in a pile of mechanical junk, he found an old broken shock from a minibus that had a ring about the same size.­ He managed to cut it off and arc-weld it to my shock. See also this photo and this photo.

Then he had to do some work on the frame bracket since the new ring was slightly larger than the original and would not fit.­

After 4 hours of work, my motorbike was fixed.­ This guy did an excellent job, as the repaired shock never broke again.­ And this guy charged by the regular price for the work, about $3.­ I am so grateful.­ Indian mechanics and welders are so resourceful!

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Legship-Gyalshing Road, Geyzing, Sikkim 737111, India

Photos taken in India in 2013

The highlight if this trip was the Maha Kumba Mela Hindu Festival, the largest human gathering on earth, which happens once every 12 years.­

Other regions visited include the springs of the Ganges river, Varanasi, the Konark sun temple.­

See also my photos of Nepal that I took the same year.­

Photos of Royal Enfield "Bullet" Motorcycles.­

Royal Enfield are manufactured in India.­ They are rugged and simple to maintain and fix, which is why they are very popular in the Himalaya regions.­ The most popular model is 350cc, but there is also a 500cc version.­

Royal Enfield "Bullet" motorcycles are also heavy, sometimes unreliable and not fuel efficient, because they are based on a design that dates the 1940's, with only minor changes and improvements.­ But they are very simple to fix when they break down.­

I rented my Royal Enfield in Delhi, at a small shop called "Smart Motors" on Naiwala street in the Karol Bagh neighborhood.­ The owner, Mohit Soni, is a very nice guy, and they have good bikes.­ I recommend him.­

Other recommended shops to rent Enfield "Bullets" in Delhi are Lali Singh and Tony Motors.­