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The Best & Most Beautiful Motorcycle Trips In North India

Motorcycle Trips In North India

Northern India’s varied terrain and natural beauty attract many visitors every year. However, while transportation by car or coach may feel claustrophobic and slow, riding atop a powerful motorbike provides you with the freedom of the road and the thrill of fast acceleration.

There are many fabulous motorcycle road trips you can enjoy in North India. Whether you wish to explore grand buildings from the Mughal Empire, see sublime Himalayan landscapes, or meet friendly Indian people and learn about local customs, traveling by motorbike provides you with more flexibility and enables you to experience the real India.

And you don’t even need to take your own motorcycle. Reputable local companies such as StoneheadBikes will be happy to offer you powerful and reliable bikes on rent in delhi that are perfect for your needs.

Leh Ladakh bike tours

From Shimla to Manali via the Spiti Valley

The Spiti Valley in the northeastern part of Himachal Pradesh is a cold desert mountain valley high in the Himalayas renowned for its treacherous terrain but wonderful scenery. On these roads, you’ll feel safer wearing a full-face motorcycle helmet.

You can reach the Spiti Valley from Shimla by riding northeast along the NH5 through the Kinnaur Valley towards Khab then turning north onto the NH505. The name Spiti means “Middle Land” because the Spiti Valley lays between Tibet and India. It is one of the least populous regions of India.

In the Spiti Valley, you’ll find remote Buddhist monasteries, such as Tabo Monastery and Key Monastery. Tabo Monastery is the oldest in the Himalayas, founded in 996 CE. It is filled with priceless scroll paintings, manuscripts, frescoes, and statues, and the Dalai Lama has conducted ceremonies here.

Continue along the NH505 and you’ll come to Manali at the northern end of the Kullu Valley. An ancient trade route to Ladakh began in Manali. In Old Manali Village there is a temple dedicated to Manu. According to local legend, Manu was a Noah-like character who escaped a flood in an ark and then restarted human civilization after landing in Manali.

From Manali to Pangong Tso via Leh

This adventurous route takes you through the Ladakh region, the most fascinating area of India. Ladakh is the most northerly region in the country and also forms the highest plateau, with a base elevation of 9,800 feet above sea level. Its landscape is breath-taking, but less than half of the roads are surfaced. This makes it an ideal area to explore by motorcycle.

With mountain roads providing stunning views of snow-topped Himalayan Mountains, you can ride your motorbike through picturesque landscapes and admire the tranquillity of one of the remotest areas you will have ever visited. At such high altitudes, you should be careful to wear appropriate motorcycle rain-proof clothing.

The journey from Manali to Leh takes you from the lush mountainous region around Manali to the capital city of the Ladakh region. You’ll ride along some of the world’s highest roads and navigate high mountain passes, such as Tanglang La (17,480 feet) and Bara-lacha La (16,040 feet). The route skirts Hemis National Park, internationally famous for its rare snow leopards.

The route from Leh to Pangong Tso is through Chang La pass, which is the world’s 3rd highest road. The pass is an interesting challenge for motorcycles, with streams crossing the unsurfaced road in summer. Pangong Tso Lake is a saltwater endorheic lake at an elevation of 14,270 feet in the Himalayas.

Pangong Tso Lake is 83 miles long but only 3 miles wide, and 60% of the lake is in Tibet. Even though the western end of the lake is saline, the whole lake freezes over during winter. As the lake is within the disputed border area between India and China, you’ll need a special permit to go there and you’ll see army sentries near the tea house on the Chang La pass.

From Delhi to Agra

Delhi is undoubtedly the most famous city in India and a wonderful place to explore by motorcycle. With 3 UNESCO World Heritage Sites, anyone interested in history and culture will love Delhi. And tackling the busy and chaotic traffic in New Delhi is an essential part of your Indian experience. The best way to explore Delhi Sights by bike is by joining an organized Delhi Sightseeing tour run or hire a bike in Delhi by a reputable company such as StoneheadBikes.

The Red Fort in Old Delhi is an impressive palace built by the famous Emperor Shah Jahan in 1639. It once served as the main residence of the Mughal Emperors. Today, it’s a symbol of Indian independence. On 15th August 1947, India gained independence. On that date, the first Indian Prime Minister raised the new Indian flag above the fort’s Lahore Gate and made a fine speech.

You can take the Taj Express Highway from Delhi to Agra, a fascinating city with many Mughal-era structures. The Shah Jahan who built the Red Fort in Delhi also built the famous Taj Mahal in Agra as a tomb for his favourite wife, Mumtaz Mahal. The monumental marble structure was largely completed by 1643 and still inspires wonder in every visitor. Imagine riding your motorcycle towards the world’s greatest monument to love.

This article is brought to you by Stoneheadbikes – India’s leading bikes rentals and tours company based out in Delhi having branches in Bengaluru, Pune, Jaipur, Dehradun, Rishikesh, Chennai, Mumbai, Kathmandu & Bhutan. If you wish to rent a bike or looking for more information about motorbike tours, drop us a line or simply pick up your phone and call us up and we will have everything arranged for you in a timely fashion.

Group Driving: What should you know?

Most bikers like to ride a motorcycle with friends. Sharing the group trip is much more fun and is something that characterizes our group in a special way.

But we cannot pass that this activity is also more dangerous than when we shot alone. For that, we have to talk first about some previous considerations when we ride a motorcycle in a group :

  • Check the planned route: Before embarking on the route, it is advisable to inform you about the route, if they are mountain passes, tracks with very degraded soil or, on the contrary, you will travel many kilometers of highway … Check the weather forecast and adapt your clothes.
  • Full tank and charged battery: It is no longer just a matter of not bothering colleagues stopping when it is their turn to refuel. If for any reason we get lost (in groups or alone), we have to make sure we don’t run out of gas in an area we don’t know. Therefore, it is also important to leave home with the mobile phone battery fully charged. You never know how long you can be out.
  • Suitable group: Whether by displacement, types of routes or types of motorcycles, you must take into account who you ride on a motorcycle. If you think it is not the right group, find another group of people that is more similar to your wishes.
  • The road is not a circuit: It seems obvious, but the fact of going in a group does not mean that we are in a race. You don’t have to prove anything and it’s just about sharing the passion to ride a motorcycle and its feelings.

Once we have decided to go out with our motorcycle in a group, it is positive to keep in mind the following tips :

  • Leader: Also known as a road leader, he is the biker who guides the group, the person we have to follow, both in the route and in the speed. He is usually an experienced pilot who knows how to adapt to the circumstances of the tour. Additionally, a motorcyclist with some experience is also chosen to close the group in case any unforeseen event occurs and lags behind.
  • City: Maintain safety distances and do not lose your temper when the group is broken by a red light or other urban traffic incidents.
  • Zigzag circulation: When you go in a group, its members should circulate slightly in a zigzag in the same lane, that is, one on the right, one on the left and so on. In this way, we achieve greater visibility ahead of the motorist that precedes us and, in addition, we will have more space to perform an emergency braking or react to any unforeseen event.
  • Overtaking: When the group goes on the road, you have to advance only at the points where it is allowed. Also, as a general rule, do not advance your groupmates. If you had to do it for some reason, you have to go ahead in the allowed places and making sure that the partners know your intentions (gust of lights, horn).
  • Communication: Group members must have a nonverbal communication code that we all know. In this way, communication between us will be more fluid and secure.

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Motorbike Inspection

Daily tips for your Motorcycle

Engine oil level

If your engine’s in good condition it will use very little oil between oil changes. However, it’s important to ensure that the oil level doesn’t drop below the minimum marking. Here’s how to check your oil:

1. Support the bike upright on level ground to allow the oil level to stabilize.
2. If your bike has an inspection window, check that t…he oil level is between the max and min markings.
3. If your bike has a dipstick, note where the oil comes to in relation to the max and min markings.
4. If the level is too low, remove the filler cap from the top of the crankcase and top up with the specified oil type. Always use motorcycle engine oil – not oil designed for use in car engines.

Steering and suspension

When you turn the handlebars from side to side, does the steering run smoothly?
Does the front and rear suspension operate smoothly when you sit on the bike?

Coolant levels

The coolant level should remain constant. If it falls, it means that the system has developed a leak. Here’s how to check:

1. Locate the coolant reservoir and check that the coolant level is between the two level marks on the reservoir.
2. If necessary top up with a 50/50 mixture of distilled water and antifreeze.


Always check tyre pressure with the tyres cold – never after riding – because the pressure increases when hot.

Give the tyre a quick visual check for any damage or wear of the tread. Then use a tyre pressure gauge to measure the pressure in each tyre and compare this with the specified pressure (usually on a label attached to the chain guard or rear mudguard). Use a pump to increase the pressure if necessary.

Lights and horn

Check that all lights, brake lights and turn signals work. Check that the horn works – you might really need it in a critical moment.


Check the brakes individually. Their application must be firm and they must be fully applied without the lever (front) or pedal (rear) reaching its full travel. They must also free off completely when the lever or pedal is released and allow the wheels to turn freely without drag.

Check the fluid level of hydraulic brakes by viewing the level in relation to the lines on the master cylinder reservoir. If it is below the lower line, top up the fluid.

Use the fluid type marked on the reservoir cap (usually DOT 4) and top up to the level line inside the reservoir.

Drive chain

Most bikes have chain drive to the rear wheel. The chain needs to be well lubricated and shouldn’t have too much free play. If the chain looks dry give it a squirt of aerosol chain lube. If it looks too slack, adjust its tension.

This article is brought to you by Stoneheadbikes – India’s leading Motorbike rentals and tours company based out in Delhi having branches in Bengaluru, Pune, Jaipur, Dehradun, Rishikesh, Chennai, Mumbai, Kathmandu & Bhutan. If you wish to rent a bike or looking for more information about motorbike tours, drop us a line or simply pick up your phone and call us up and we will have everything arranged for you in a timely fashion.