Go Back   Horizons Unlimited - The HUBB > Regional Forums > Southern Asia

Southern Asia Topics specific to Southern Asia, from Iran and Armenia east through Pakistan and India to China / Vietnam / Indonesia.
Contact Overland Solutions for all your custom modifications and setup for overland travel.

Motorcycle travel in Tibet, Nepal, Bhutan, India...

LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 2 Sep 2004
Registered Users
New on the HUBB
Join Date: Sep 2004
Posts: 2
Various info required for India

Hello ! I am going to India for 6 months in nov or dec and will be doing some serious kms, Im planning to drive from Callcuta to Bombay staying near the coast all the way as im taking the fishing gear, I plan to buy a bike in Callcuta
What kind of driving license should you have in India ?
Would i get away with just a international one ?
Do the Indian police tend to pull over foreighners on bikes often ?
Will i be able to find any enduro style bikes in Callcuta ?
Is a new enfield a good idea and what will one set me back.?
Anyone knowing what the roads are like or who has any advice please let me know
If in doubt...whip it out !
Reply With Quote
Old 2 Sep 2004
Contributing Member
Veteran HUBBer
Join Date: Jan 2001
Location: Gerrards Cross, Bucks, UK
Posts: 150
Originally posted by davorsh:

What kind of driving license should you have in India ?
Would i get away with just a international one ?
Do the Indian police tend to pull over foreighners on bikes often ?
Will i be able to find any enduro style bikes in Callcuta ?
Is a new enfield a good idea and what will one set me back.?
Anyone knowing what the roads are like or who has any advice please let me know
An international licence will be fine, 70% of drivers here don't have a licence.
The police don't target foreign bikers. If they do pull you over, it's most likely just to say hello and ask 'what is your good name and 'what is your good country', etc. I hate to say it, but if you do have any trouble, a small amount of baksheesh will usually sort things out.
You're highly unlikely to find an enduro bike anywhere in India, but you might be lucky in the major cities.
A new Enfield is about 75,000 Rupees (£950), but you could buy one a 2002/3 model for half the price. I don't think there's much advantage buying a new one - they're a pain to run in and probably more hassle than a bike that's done a few miles and had any trouble beaten out of it. The engines tend to give up after 20,000km so try to find one with lower mileage. If you look after the bike (ie check it every day and service it every 1000km) it should run okay.
If you can't be bothered with having to do all that, you're best bet if to buy a 180/225cc bike - they do about 70km to the litre, don't need much maintenance and they're cheaper than an Enfield.
As for the roads.... to be honest, there's not much anyone can tell you that will prepare you for the chaos, you just have to come and find out for yourself. I showed a video of Indian traffic at the UK meeting in July and had one guy (who shall remain nameless) in tears because the memories were too much to bare!
It can be fun riding here, but it's very hard work, so don't expect to get too far each day, ride slowly and defensively, give way to anything with four wheels and, above all, use the horn a lot..

no pipe, no slippers
no pipe, no slippers
Reply With Quote
Old 5 Sep 2004
Registered Users
Veteran HUBBer
Join Date: Dec 2000
Location: Bribie Island, Queensland, Australia
Posts: 233
We will be in India then as well. Lots of motorcycle people, including us, head for Goa for Christmas. Perhaps we will meet up then.
Reply With Quote
Old 7 Sep 2004
Registered Users
Veteran HUBBer
Join Date: Nov 2002
Location: Ardning Austria
Posts: 135
There is only one rule in India what you have to remember! The biggest go's first! If you watch that you will be fine! So if you see two big ones coming on to you head on head, stay safe and leafe the road!

Have fun Albert!
Reply With Quote

Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 Registered Users and/or Members and 1 guests)
Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On


NEW! HU 2015 Motorcycle Adventure Travel Calendar is now available! Get your copy now for some terrific travel inspiration!

HUGE, 11.5 x 16.5 inches, beautifully printed in Germany on top quality stock! Photos are the winning images from over 600 entries in the 9th Annual HU Photo Contest!

Horizons Unlimited 2015 Motorcycle Adventure Travel Calendar.

"The calendar is magnificent!"

"I just wanted to say how much I'm loving the new, larger calendar!"

We share the profit with the winning photographers. YOU could be in the HU Calendar too - enter here!

Next HU Eventscalendar

See all events


Latvia to Australia, an inspirational 5 month journey full of unexpected adventures!

Renedian Adventures

Renedian Adventures

What others say about HU...

"I just wanted to say thanks for doing this and sharing so much with the rest of us." Dave, USA

"Your website is a mecca of valuable information and the DVD series is informative, entertaining, and inspiring! The new look of the website is very impressive, updated and catchy. Thank you so very much!" Jennifer, Canada

"...Great site. Keep up the good work." Murray and Carmen, Australia

"We just finished a 7 month 22,000+ mile scouting trip from Alaska to the bottom of Chile and I can't tell you how many times we referred to your site for help. From how to adjust your valves, to where to stay in the back country of Peru. Horizons Unlimited was a key player in our success. Motorcycle enthusiasts from around the world are in debt to your services." Alaska Riders

contest pic

10th Annual HU Travellers Photo Contest is on now! This is an opportunity for YOU to show us your best photos and win prizes!

NEW! HU 2014 Adventure Travel T-shirts! are now available in several colors! Be the first kid on your block to have them! New lower prices on synths!

HU 2014 T-shirts now in!

Check out the new Gildan Performance cotton-feel t-shirt - 100% poly, feels like soft cotton!

What turns you on to motorcycle travel?

Global Rescue, WORLDwide evacuation services for EVERYONE

Global Rescue is the premier provider of medical, security and evacuation services worldwide and is the only company that will come to you, wherever you are, and evacuate you to your home hospital of choice. Additionally, Global Rescue places no restrictions on country of citizenship - all nationalities are eligible to sign-up!

New to Horizons Unlimited?

New to motorcycle travelling? New to the HU site? Confused? Too many options? It's really very simple - just 4 easy steps!

Horizons Unlimited was founded in 1997 by Grant and Susan Johnson following their journey around the world on a BMW R80 G/S motorcycle.

Susan and Grant Johnson Read more about Grant & Susan's story

Membership - help keep us going!

Horizons Unlimited is not a big multi-national company, just two people who love motorcycle travel and have grown what started as a hobby in 1997 into a full time job (usually 8-10 hours per day and 7 days a week) and a labour of love. To keep it going and a roof over our heads, we run events (22 this year!); we sell inspirational and informative DVDs; we have a few selected advertisers; and we make a small amount from memberships.

You don't have to be a Member to come to an HU meeting, access the website, the HUBB or to receive the e-zine. What you get for your membership contribution is our sincere gratitude, good karma and knowing that you're helping to keep the motorcycle travel dream alive. Contributing Members and Gold Members do get additional features on the HUBB. Here's a list of all the Member benefits on the HUBB.

Books & DVDs


All the best travel books and videos listed and often reviewed on HU's famous Books page. Check it out and get great travel books from all over the world.

Motorcycle Express for shipping and insurance!

Motorcycle Express

MC Air Shipping, (uncrated) USA / Canada / Europe and other areas. Be sure to say "Horizons Unlimited" to get your $25 discount on Shipping!
Insurance - see: For foreigners traveling in US and Canada and for Americans and Canadians traveling in other countries, then mail it to MC Express and get your HU $15 discount!

All times are GMT +1. The time now is 11:49.