Everything You Need To Know About Driving On Motorcycle Tours In India
Despite the horrendous traffic, motorcycle tours in India actually prove to be amazing experiences, especially if you’re planning to travel long distances. This is because motorcycles handle the pitted roads far better than four-wheeled vehicles, as well as giving you the ability to stop virtually anywhere you want. If this is the first time you have travelled to India, however, it is important that you understand exactly what the undertaking will involve.
Types of Motorcycle
The classic way to see India is on the back of an Enfield Bullet, which is still built today according to its original 1940s specifications. Whilst it is believed that these bikes are less reliable than the newer Japanese-made models, parts can be found everywhere and they are quite easy to repair.
Most travelers prefer to begin their tours in Delhi, the country’s capital, as it means they won’t have to find a connecting flight. Some of the most popular destinations include Rajasthan, Southern India and Ladakh. The weather will actually play a significant role in where you can travel, and when.
The most common way for travelers to join motorcycle tours in India is by hiring an appropriate bike. Some tour companies will arrange the hire for you, whereas others will require that you have a bike already lined up. If you are hiring by yourself, keep in mind that you will need to leave a deposit.
A reputable hire company will include third-party insurance cover in their standard agreements; any company that doesn’t include this most basic of cover levels is one to be avoided. If possible, increase your cover to full comprehensive, as they will cover you in the event of a serious accident.
If this is the first time you have been to India, we definitely recommend booking yourself onto an organised tour. This will ensure that you have a knowledgeable guide to show you the ropes and help you to understand the local customs. It’s also a great way to get to know likeminded people from around the world.
Some travelers choose to purchase their own motorcycle upon arriving in India, especially if they are planning on taking an extended tour. Second hand bikes are widely available and you will find the paperwork quite simple. We don’t recommend that you do this, however, if you have no experience.
When hiring a motorcycle, expect the costs to be somewhere in the range of a few hundred rupees (the exact cost will depend on the type of bike you have chosen and the length of time you wish to use it). A second hand bike will set you back between 18,000 and 40,000 rupees. Don’t forget a helmet!
If you have decided to purchase a motorcycle, don’t forget that there is a lot of paperwork associated with such a convenience. Travelers cannot change the name on the registration; instead, you will need to fill out forms for a change of ownership and transfer of insurance.
We hope that the above information has provided you with some preparation for your motorcycle tour in India and that the prospect seems a little less daunting. No matter what decision you have made – to purchase your own motorcycle or to hire one for your stay – it is important that you are fully aware of all the costs and documentation involved. And, above all else, learn some of India’s road rules so that you can stay safe during your journey.