James & Nicola of Bhutan & Beyond took a group of 10 personal friends motorcycling through Bhutan in June 2014. We can personally attest to this mode of travel as being just so much fun and so rewarding that we will be doing it again as often as we can. The pillion passengers also thoroughly enjoyed the adventure and generally felt safe and secure.
Motorcycle Small Group Tours 2017
Minimum party 3 riders/pillion hiring 2 motorcycles to qualify for these package costs.
- Himalayan Highway 07-17 May 17 11 days/ 10 nights
- Ride the Thunder Dragon 08-18 Oct 17 11 days/10 nights
Parties of less than 3 are subject to additional surcharges depending on availability.
A Paradise For Bikers
The experience of riding a classic Royal Enfield motorcycle through Bhutan is indeed a privilege. Bhutan is a paradise for bikers with its pristine environment boasting breathtaking landscapes, majestic mountains, delightful friendly locals and with just enough road challenges to add a dash of spice!
Both riders and pillions are rewarded with a fascinating journey on two wheels with your own professional motorcycle guide, mechanic and support vehicle. Traffic is light outside of western Bhutan and the Royal Enfield’s are a very forgiving and steady bike which makes for easier riding.
Bhutan is very fortunate to still have its culture and traditions largely intact and the combination of motorbiking through such a remarkable environment withsuch wonderful cultural opportunities is a rare opportunity.
Riding is quite slow compared to many destinations due to the windy road through the Kingdom and you’ll often be sitting on around 35-45KPH with the odd stretch of road allowing for travel 50-65 KPH.
Road widening is having an impact on road conditions, especially in western Bhutan, and this will remain through most of 2015. However don’t let that put you off. A combination of some road/trail riding makes for a great deal of fun and the Enfield’s handle it well. The road conditions are quite good through central Bhutan.
Royal Enfield “Bullet” Motorcycles
Royal Enfield initially started out as an English engineering company manufacturing bicycles, stationary engines and rifle parts. Hence the adage for their motorcycles “built like a gun goes like a bullet’. Royal Enfield manufactured it’s first motorcycle in 1901 and it was essentially a 150cc bicycle with a 1.5 bhp engine mounted over the front wheel.
Royal Enfield merged with Alldays & Onions in 1907 and made cars called Enfield Alldays till 1925. Royal Enfield first started production of the 500cc Bullet motorcycle in 1932. Royal Enfield also made various models like the WD/C 350cc side valve, WD/C 350cc OH, WD/G 350cc OHV, WD/L 570cc SV and, the famous 125cc “flying flea” during world war II in an effort to help in the war.
Royal Enfields have been made and sold in India since 1949. Royal Enfields were painted red and marketed in the U.S.A as ‘Indian motorcycles’ by the Brock House corporation in between 1955 – 1960.
Royal Enfield produced their last motorcycles in England during the late 1960s and closed down all British factories by 1970 due to fierce competition from the Japanese. Enfield of India bought the rights to the name ‘Royal Enfield’ in 1995 and continues to make and sell motorcycles under the same name till date. Royal Enfield is the only motorcycle brand to have survived through three centuries of wars, natural calamities and financial upheavals’.
- Option 1
- Engine 500cc.
- Left hand side gear shifter (five speed gearbox).
- Has both electric starter & without electric starter.
- Has Twin seat with back rest.
- No windshield (Not available in Bhutan)
- Machismo model with standard handlebars
- Option 2
- Engine 500cc
- Left hand side gear shifter (five speed gearbox)
- Has both electric starter & without electric starter
- Has spring types Two piece seat with no back rest
- No saddlebags
- No windshield (not available in Bhutan)
- Classic model 500cc with standard & small handlebars
- Optional changes to motorcycles
- request single seat, saddle bags.
The Package Price Is Inclusive Of:
- Motorcycle Hire
- Services of trained mechanics
- Rental charges of service vehicle/truck
- Comprehensive insurance on motorcycle
- Spare parts for normal wear & tear
- Accommodation with private facilities
- All Meals
- Entrance Fees
- Airport Transfers
- Guide and back-up vehicle
- Complimentary cocktail party
Please Note: Fuel is additional please budget approximately USD $12 per day.
Important Note Re Our Pricing Policy
Our Bhutan packages costs are quoted in US dollars. On the final date of payment your Bhutan travel costs are converted into Australian dollars using the current telegraphic transfer rate of exchange of the day.
Conditions of Hire
1. Security deposit of US $500 (this is the passengers maximum liability) is to be paid directly before commencement of the tour in case of damages which will be refunded on completion of the tour. (USD cash or USD travellers cheques can be used as security deposit, payment by credit card is not possible at this time: May 11, 2015).
2. A personal liability form is required to be filled in before commencement of the tour in case of injury, disability or death.
3. International drivers permit with a motorcycle endorsement. This is available from your local state motoring authority & should be prearranged at least two weeks before departure.
4. You must hold comprehensive travel insurance for your entire journey in Bhutan that also covers you for riding a motorcycle over 250CC. Bhutan & Beyond can offer a policy via QBE for Australian residents and those from other countries can purchase a policy via World Nomads.
With the exception of your guide & driver, hotel porters, and mechanic, please avoid tipping as it is generally discouraged.
- 3 or less persons travelling:
US$8-10 pp per day for your guide & US$5-7 pp per day for your driver.
Mechanic group payment US$250.00
- 3-8 persons travelling:
US$6-8 pp per day for your guide & US$3-5 pp per day for your driver.
Mechanic group payment US$300.00
For travellers visiting Bhutan for more than 8 nights we recommend a slightly lower daily rate is paid for your guide and drivers tips, again at your discretion.
- Motorcycle Tour Registration Form