Motorcycle Tours

If you are a competent motorcycle rider (it helps if you have experience on Asian roads!), the it is possible to rent motorcycles to explore around, or even to have an entire tour of several days organized where you travel by motorcycle, and where you will be backed by a crew including mechanicsand spares, cooks, guides etc. All you have to do is look cool, and ride! Most long distance rides involve the use of classic Indian bikes like the Royal Enfield. It can be a trusted workhorse, or an absolutely mulish in the frequency of its breakdowns or refusal to start, but once problems are sorted, it’s a fun ride. Several companies in Kathmandu and Pokhara hire these bikes and run tours. Other companies based in these places also hire less exotic to downright pedestrian bikes, but it can be a convenient way to beat traffic and get to see sights at one’s own pace. Most motorcycles will not be of more than the 500cc variety, most long tours will not be faster than at around 65 miles an hour at any given time, and city rides will also not be much faster than 35 miles an hour rides. In fact, they will be mainly in the 15-20 mile hour range. So speed is not really an option, which is the only reason that given the general lack of traffic discipline, not too many fatal accidents occur. If you do hire a motorcycle or ride one into Nepal, be prepared for…