• Chaitanya

    Set pit stops for the day
    and places to shelter you at night.
    Don’t panic if you think you’ll miss the shelter. Ride with calm. By the virtue of being in India, you would no doubt find a hamlet, where a villager would invite you to stay over. At this makeshift shelter amend your route/tour plan to make up for the unexpected delay.

  • Sriram

    Nice start Venkat. All the best for your journey. I’ll be following it via your blog.

    Also, I know you plan on doing this but have a good camera to record the journey as the people and places are what will make the trip a memorable one.

  • Yeshwant Muley

    Good. Thanks for the tips on helmet and riding gear. I think about the puncture if one may get one? I faced this difficulty only one in last 20 years. Or is it good tires that will do the trick?

    • Thanks for reading through Yashwant!

      Usually they have small shops to repair punctures along most of the highways. But yes, if you riding to places like Ladakh, you should carry those required spares to fix that flat tyre!

  • PIYUSH MANKAR

    I think….. when ever a group of riders travels…. there should be a leader who monitor the progress of journy and decide where to start and where to stop, for what time…….
    this will help in decision making in group….. because every group has some members who want a long breaks, for smoking, eating or just want to chill….. and that will lead to failure of plan……
    We can give chance to every member to lead group by rotation……..
    Reply must……..

  • Riding a motor bike through India has always been a dream of mine and I’m now a new fan of your blog!In this article , you really covered all the essential safety tips and I will be reading this again before taking my bike trip in India at the end of 2017.You rode a bike for a whole month in Vietnam!? That my friend is Epic!!Love your adventurous lifestyle!

    • Venkat Ganesh Gudipaty

      Thanks a lot buddy!

      I did not ride a bike for a month in Vietnam, but actually went on shorter trips in the north every now and then. I’d like to go back again and ride from north to south!

  • Great set of tips for the bikers. I am not one though. I also think going in a group is always a good idea. I am always told that going to Leh on bike is a big adrenalin rush. Have you been?

    • Venkat Ganesh Gudipaty

      Oh yes, I rode to Leh for 3 consecutive summers starting 2009. And it is indeed a big rush. Although these days there’s more traffic on that route than when I went in 2009.

  • Lily Travella

    I like that you’ve focused on the health and safety side too. I’m not a biker but it’s a great read and interesting. My friend rode a bike through Vietnam and Cambodia and said it was… interesting.

    • Venkat Ganesh Gudipaty

      Ha ha! Yes, with the traffic rules, or rather lack of them and not hoots given about safety it is as you say.. Interesting 😉

  • Michelle Weigold

    These are very detailed and practical safety tips. Unfortunately it doesn’t seem that most bikers I’ve encountered in my life seem to follow these rules. Maybe you will set the example for them! Personally I’m scared of riding motorcycles but if I ever decide to overcome my fear, I will come back to this site to check!

    • Venkat Ganesh Gudipaty

      Yeah, I think it a fine line between been adventurous and being an idiot and with the wind ruffling your hear (if you’re not wearing a helmet) and in your eyes, life on the road can get blurry!

  • Great tips although I find that most people don’t follow these! The right equipment can go a long way, especially on a bike! Im not a biker, although backpacking on a bike does sound fun!

    • Venkat Ganesh Gudipaty

      It’s a once in a life time experience and you should definitely go for it.

  • FlyDriveExplore

    Good tips although a lot of people forget these when travelling. A bike trip is a bucket list ambition although I haven’t really ridden much since I had quite a big crash. Ouch!!!!!

    • Venkat Ganesh Gudipaty

      Aah! Hope you’re better now and will have an oppurtunity to go on a trip in the future

  • Practical Wanderlust

    Woah what an incredible adventure! I would love to do this one day.

    • Venkat Ganesh Gudipaty

      And so you should!

  • Stephanie Be

    I did a motorbike from Chaing Mai to Chaing Rai and back in one day — and it started to rain on us so we pulled over to get ponchos! I’d say that above all, just be prepared to be uncomfortable if you’re motorbiking for long periods of time. The thrill of the motorbike is fun, but it can be physically exhausting too.

    • Venkat Ganesh Gudipaty

      Oh yes, You do get saddle sores and that’s why it is important not just to take regular breaks while ride but also have a non-riding day for every couple of days or riding.

  • Gokul

    It has almost everything a newbie biker should know. Very valid points you got there.

    • Venkat Ganesh Gudipaty

      Thank you!

  • I would love to do a motorbike trip like this one day! I think seeing the countryside, away from the tourist areas would be so amazing. Great tips!

    • Venkat Ganesh Gudipaty

      It is indeed incredible and in this case the journey is definitely more beautiful than the destination

  • Abhinav Singh

    Those are some great tips. I have still not started to bike
    long distance. I hope to do that in the next few years. Bike riding has always fascinated
    me. But due to budgetary constraints the dream has eluded me so far. Hopefully,
    I will manage to save some money this year and buy myself a brand new bike.

    • Venkat Ganesh Gudipaty

      Good luck with the saving. But these days a few companies have started providing bike rentals. Some even deliver it to your door and pick it up when your ride is done

  • Smidge

    Great tips! I’d love to do a motorbike trip, especially on such wide open roads. I like the safety tips, although I am not sure I would know how to check over the bike myself!

    • Venkat Ganesh Gudipaty

      A lot of time it’s just an intuition. You’ll notice that engine sounds different or you have to break a heartbeat earlier. That’s when you know something is wrong and should get it checked at the next available mechanic’s

  • I would like to try that kind of travelling one day! Motobiking sounds amazing and I gues it feels like you are completly free 🙂

    • Venkat Ganesh Gudipaty

      Oh yes, you are. It’s a once in a lifetime experience

  • Mia Herman

    I’m not a biker but these are great tips! I think the most important, from what I understand, is maintaining optimal speed. I’ve heard that you can get better gas mileage and it keeps your bike in tip-tip condition if you do. Like I said, I don’t know anything about bikes but I have a few friends who ride and I guess some of their conversations have stuck with me. Also, good advice about the budget. That’s a good tip for any type of trip.

    • Venkat Ganesh Gudipaty

      Oh yes, the more you ride in a consistent manner, the better the bike performs. Thanks for sharing!

  • संदीप पवाँर jatdevta

    बाइकर्स के लिए बेहतरीन सुझाव..।

  • kvm8410

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/200e0bece718585a3dd7aa3b63b197fd88b98291dc9d74121548bc4dbb81a111.jpg Great tips for motorbiking tours. I really liked the idea of carrying a spare key and pack light and pack right. I’m not a full time traveler but I love to travel on weekends and I love riding different bikes. Thanks to ONN Bikes(https://www.onnbikes.com) from where I rent bikes in bangalore and thanks to you for sharing such informational articles to help travelers like us.