For the truly authentic Indian riding experience, one must do it on the quintessential Indian Motorcycle – the Royal Enfield Classic 500cc . We also have the new adventure bike from Royal Enfield called the Himalayan. Often you will have the choice of either model.
No twin discs with ABS here! The braking performance is adequate for what we use them for. We suggest getting a feel for how the rear drum brake works as we use it a lot in the off road terrain. One modifies their riding style to be slow in and not so slow out. (With 27hp, it’s never going to be fast out!)
Why have a big comfy heated seat when a modestly padded vinyl covered seat attached to springs makes you think the bike is moving around underneath you, even if you’re sitting still!
The Himalayan model soaks up the bumps of the off road sections with aplomb. The Classics and Bullets do a good job as well but it pays to keep you eyes on the road and let your legs do some of the work. Practice standing on your pegs and see how the bike soaks up the bumps.
Luggage carrying capacity
Screw that, why carry 50 kilos of stuff when you can throw it into the back up vehicle. We want you to have fun on the bike.
NOTE: Most tour companies through the Himalayas will make you carry all your luggage on your bike. A bike with 27hp needs all the help it can get climbing the mountains and it certainly doesn’t appreciate the extra weight when trying to stop on the way down. We think it is downright dangerous and other tour companies are compromising your safety by trying to save a few rupees.
Slow down and smell the roses, soak it up the amazing vistas and stop and shake hands with a local. The roads are full of surprises, potholes, gravel strewn corners, cows wandering down the road, slow moving trucks etc. Have fun on the bikes but remember it isn’t a race. We want you smiling as you drift off to sleep, dreaming about the roads you’ll tackle the next day.