Which is the Best Motorcycle for Ladakh Trip


Not so continued ago, if anyone mentioned of a motorcycle cruise to Ladakh, alone a Royal Enfield would appear to mind. And assurance me; the discussions would go on to capacity like would a 350CC Royal Enfield do or do you charge a 500 CC Enfield for the trip. Talk about a motorcycle ride to Ladakh and humans would anticipate of you as crazy. Back then, it was a dream that alone the adventuresome blazon would cartel to accomplish. Humans who did not own an Enfield but had some added motorcycle would either borrow or hire one. But Enfield was appealing abundant tagged as the alone bike that was acceptable for Ladakh.

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But is it absolutely true? Do you absolutely charge an Enfield for Ladakh? Will some added bike do? Can you yield a Pulsar to Ladakh? Or can you yield a 135 CC or a 100 CC motorcycle to Ladakh? These are some of the queries that I accept so often; and the a lot of accepted catechism of all is; which is the best motorcycle for Ladakh trip?

The acknowledgment is that there is no best motorcycle as such. The acknowledgment depends on a lot of factors like how abundant baggage are you carrying, do you accept a pillion, or how old your motorcycle is? You charge to apperceive that it is not your motorcycle that will yield you to Ladakh but it is you who is traveling to ride the motorcycle to Ladakh. I accept alone accepted humans who accept been to Ladakh on 100 CC bikes, an old Hero Honda Splendor to be exact.

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The actuality cannot be denied that accepting a added able motorcycle with abundant engine of advance gives an edge, if you accept it than annihilation like it. I am of advance apropos to an Enfield here. Bigger the engine agency added the ability which added agency that the ride would be smooth, abnormally at abrupt ascents and you can dump all the baggage you wish on your motorcycle. But at the aforementioned time, it doesn’t beggarly that a lighter motorcycle cannot get the job done. If your motorcycle is in a acceptable condition, isn’t as old as my grandfather, and you apperceive how to ride it able-bodied again you can yield it anywhere you want. Whichever motorcycle you own, mentioned beneath are a few factors(most of which are applicative to abate engine motorcycles) that you charge to pay abutting absorption to afore chief on whether to yield it up the hills or not.


No, I am not talking about your age but your motorcycle’s actually. I do not intend to get into the accomplished “Old ammo is bigger and added powerful” altercation but the actuality charcoal that beforehand the apparatus is, college the adventitious is of it breaking down or giving agitation at several places. If you accept a 10 year old 135 CC motorcycle sitting in your garage, do not even anticipate about demography it to Ladakh.


Your motorcycle may be alone 3-4 years old but if you accept already abused it to over 1 lakh kilometers, best not to ride it to Leh.


If you accept a acquaintance or a ancestors affiliate benumbed with you as Pillion, do not yield a abate engine motorcycle as it will alpha to anger & breath at abrupt ascents. It won’t just be 2 humans but their baggage as able-bodied on the motorcycle.


If you are benumbed a 500CC motorcycle, baggage isn’t absolutely a big affair but if it is a 150 CC bike, again do not backpack accidental luggage. Just yield whatever you must. Added baggage on your motorcycle would beggarly a actual afflictive and difficult ride, both for you and your machine.


This is the a lot of important of all. You absolutely charge to apperceive your motorcycle central out. You should apperceive how it performs at ascents or at abundant speeds. No amount which motorcycle you have, you charge to be 100% assured of no achievement issues. If you accept even the aboriginal of doubt, again get it anchored first.


Accomplish abiding there are no beat out locations in your motorcycle, annihilation that can breach or abatement apart. Whatever seems dicey, alter it.

Get it serviced:

Accomplish abiding that you get your motorcycled serviced at atomic 1 anniversary afore you trip. Check all the cables, wires, clamp plates, alternation set, tires, wheels. Afterwards servicing, ride it for a anniversary consistently to ensure that it is assuming up to expectations.

With that getting said, there are of advance a few motorcycles that will clothing the chance bigger as compared to others.


Royal Enfield:

Annihilation like it of advance to yield to Ladakh. The big engine, whether 350 CC or 500 CC gives it and bend over all added motorcycles. The added admeasurement of the motorcycle makes it easier to tie baggage around. Acceptable abeyance and basement position makes it adequate for both the addition and the pillion authoritative it acceptable for the continued journey. Enfield was an acquired aftertaste beforehand due to a abundant bang that appropriate decompressing, no electric start, the larboard ancillary anchor arrangement but afterwards all these changes in the newer models, it has now become everybody’s motorcycle. The alone check about with Classic, Standard and Electra is the abate catch basin which makes it a authorization to backpack ammunition while benumbed Enfield in Ladakh. This check about is not with Thunderbird which has a beyond ammunition tank. If you own a Royal Enfield, you already apperceive that you do not charge to anticipate alert afore demography it to Leh.

Bajaj Pulsar:

Apparently the a lot of accepted and acknowledged motorcycle today in Indian market. With a Pulsar, you can blow assured that you can await on it and it won’t absolutely canal you anywhere. Be it a 220CC, 200CC or a 150CC pulsar, you can confidently plan your chance ride on it. The huge ammunition catch basin makes it ideal for continued journeys and you won’t accept to anguish about ammunition so much. It does accept its drawbacks though. The aboriginal and the foremost one is the basement position and on bad roads, it is apprenticed to get your amateur to alpha aching so accomplish abiding that you are not built-in in a aptitude position. Sit beeline to get the burden off your shoulders. Second check is its bench which is not adequate at all and will annihilate your base during continued rides so a acceptable adequate bench awning is awful recommended. On a lighter note, be accurate with your assurance as able-bodied while benumbed on bad roads. Anyone who owns a Pulsar would apperceive what I beggarly here.

Hero Impulse:

Acceptable bike for Ladakh if you are traveling after pillion. Dual action tires and continued biking shocks accomplish it fun to ride on clay tracks. Upright benumbed position and adequate basement aspect ensures no fatigue. Biggest check is the 12 liter ammunition catch basin with an boilerplate of about 40-45 kmpl. Under-powered engine may sometimes prove alarming at abrupt ascents admitting but alone if the bike is not able-bodied maintained.

Yamaha FZ and Fazer:

These would be my next a lot of adopted motorcycles for Ladakh. Appealing abundant the aforementioned advantages and disadvantages as Pulsar.

KTM Duke:

Appealing abundant the aforementioned advantages and disadvantages as Hero Impulse. This is one motorcycle that would be fun to ride on bad and arduous anchorage that Ladakh is so acclaimed for.

Royal Enfield Himalayan:

The newest off-roader motorcycle in Indian bazaar or shall I apparently say the aboriginal and the only, I am not too abiding because the Impulse and KTM bikes were too tagged the same? None the less, this motorcycle is a absolute for benumbed in Himalayan terrains. The 400 CC engine is able abundant to backpack it through any aisle or any ascent, admitting anyone who has ridden added models of Royal Enfield would feel that it absolutely lacks some juice. The sitting position is beeline and actual comfortable, both for the addition and pillion and there is affluence of amplitude to put all that luggage, including the Jerry cans for added fuel.

Bajaj Vikrant:

I am not absolutely abiding about this one and abacus it actuality for user comments. The Ladakh Bike rental affiliation added this one to their account afresh and it is now accessible for rental all over Ladakh. I would acceptable any comments from anyone who has been to Ladakh and accept ridden it there.

CBR 250:

The banal Contigo tires can be a botheration in the slush/ice/rain/gravel. If you can allow to alter with bigger tires, this motorcycle can be a beatitude to ride with its amazing torque and Fi advantage at college reaches.

These were some of the accepted bikes that I would acclaim for Ladakh. One accepted motorcycle that I would not about acclaim at all is Bajaj Avenger. Do not get me wrong, it is a abundant motorcycle but in my assessment not acceptable at all for Ladakh trip. Almost anybody that I apperceive who went to Ladakh on avenger has taken the abatement at one abode or addition during the trip. It has a ample axis ambit authoritative it a little alarming in arresting region. The baby acme and low basement becomes annoying for anyone tall. The rear bench is not absolutely advanced abundant for pillion rider. The foreground deejay and the absolute basement position is that if you activated abrupt brakes at a aciculate turn, your are apprenticed to fall. You will be on the arena afore you get your anxiety down. This about is just my claimed assessment and added may not accede with it.

If you are benumbed with a pillion, again do it alone if you accept an Enfield. On all added motorcycles, ride abandoned if you can, as the basement position and the altercation of roping the baggage can be ambiguous during continued rides. If you are on a 100 or 135 CC motorcycle, you accept to ride solo. If you are renting a motorcycle, again go for a Pulsar or Hero Impulse if you are benumbed abandoned or an Enfield if you accept a pillion.