Driving home in a Riksha

#1 Dec 19th, 2004, 01:15
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Ok. I am a little bit drunk right now, so excuse all spelling errors or the thread in general.

This "idea" was born a few weeks ago during my last trip to India. We heard that a new riksha costs about 90.000 Rps. I thought "hmmm. maybe you can by one of theses and drive home (europe) in them. I mean. You can take another person, so you can take turns who's driving. Theres room for some luggage. You are at least more protected from bad weather than on a motor-bike. Maybe you have to make some adjustments. Better bumpers. Better seats. Maybe carry some spare parts with you.

What do you think of the general idea. Everyone ever heard of something similar ?? I mean. People go around the globe on a regular bike (I mean the man-powered ones).

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JeRiKo, interesting idea!! (apart from the fact that it's dead slow the tuk-tuk ) you can also earn extra on the side taking passengers along the way

BUT if I remember correctly all autirickshaws in Delhi work on CNG not petrol/diesel - I don't know if that is a general case with all of them across India, and if yes, it won't be as easy to procure CNG as other types of fuel.

I saw two brand-new autorickshaws in London, during London Mela 2004. they looked like they were flown in not driven across Europe/Asia
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Hehe. The idea of taking people along the way to earn money came to my mind too. And slow ... definetly. And one have to plan a route with as littel altitude difference as possible for sure. Going to investigate on the fuel issue now.
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http://www.bajajauto.com/1024/vehicl...ehvariation=01

Diesel is the one to go for i think.
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Nice idea!
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that little truck is about the cutest vehicle i've seen. looks like a tonka truck for grown-ups...

jeriko, if you worked your idea right, you could maybe even get sponsors to pay for it in exchange for publicity, etc. or, arrange to write stories of your journey for publication...
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They also roll real well when hit, done that twice now. Scary but only normal cuts, bruises and abraisions..
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good idea!

some points to consider:

- give yourself a lot of time to reach europe since you can't push these beyond 60 kph ( quite dangerous to do that )
- you may need to check how they stand against the pollution norms ( bajaj has a 4 stroke petrol version which should be better from the pollution perspective
- you can custom-fit doors ( both front and rear ) if you want to make it weather-proof

have fun

** and embellish your chariot, indian style, with peacocks, flowers etc!
miles to go....

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a lot of countries have outlawed three wheelers for safety reasons. you may want to check, before you get stuck...
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It strikes me (...errr; I hope not ) that autos are the ideal vehicle for Indian city streets

Want One

Want One NOW
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--- important pedestrian rule : keep your legs close together while walking to avoid auto rikshaws passing between them..

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