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BulletWallas Bike Hire Services
by BulletWallas Adventure Travel on Saturday, 6th April 2014 at 19:13 •
Bike Hire Services Updated 6/4/2014

Yes it is long but there are some really important bits here and being fore warned is very useful and may save you heart ache and time in the beginning of the journey and on the road itself.

Riding up in the Himalayan Region is not easy and can become a very serious test of a riders endurance and skills, it can be a very dangerous place. Do not be over confident unless you are a hardened enduro off road rider.

The Royal Enfield bikes that are available here in India are not of the quality of BMW, Harley Davidson, Triumph and they are NOT KTM's. Trying to ride the bikes like a KTM will only cause a high level of damage to the bikes, cost you money and loose you time. If you have mechanical experience it is helpful but having mechanical experience of the Royal Enfield is different. These bikes can be noisy, will have break downs as it is an inherent aspect of the design of the bikes. They are not perfect, far from it but they are the best available for going where you need to go. Your clutch is your best friend, respect it. If you can't ride correctly the clutch will fail, the gears will give you problems, the breaks will fail, the kick starter will fail and you will blow the piston. These are all controlled by the rider. If you ride like on a KTM the front wheel, the suspension and the engine casing will be damaged, this may mean that instead of having a nice ride, you will be pushing the bike a long way fully loaded. No fun at all.

The bikes that we provide are not our own bikes. We have special arrangements with a couple of suppliers to provide bikes that are prepared to our standards and we work to a strict check list to ensure that when you collect the bike they are good reliable bikes.

Customers are required to provide ::

2x passport size photographs, a copy of passport and visa, copy of international drivers permit (obtained from your local automobile association) and a copy of domestic license.
For Indian nationals; 2x passport size photographs, copy of passport, or PAN/Voting/Ration card, address proof, copy of domestic license.
Confirmation of family approval for bike hire if under 24 years age.

Security deposit of Rs 20,000/- for 350cc and Rs 40,000/- for 500cc -
Refundable and can be paid in any currency as it is held and returned at the time of the bike being returned in good condition. Payment is in cash only, traveller cheques, credit cards or direct bank transfers are not accepted for security deposits. Rs 250/- fee for affidavit for bike buy back agreement.

All forms are to be completed and signed, documents are submitted along with the security deposit. The bike will be supplied and the customer is taken for a test ride in order to assess the rider’s ability and experience. All hire fees and refundable security deposit are to be paid in full at the time of hiring the bikes.

NOTE:Customers that are signed up for a length of time and at a rate but bring it back early, will be charged at the higher previous shorter rate period if it is applicable. Any damage to the bike or use or loss of spare parts is deducted from the advance security payment on the return of the bike. Upon return of the bike a service fee will be charged dependent on the requirement to repair the bike mechanically or repair any damage to the bike.

In order to secure a bike for your travel requirements it is essential to pre-book and pre-pay a booking fee of Rs 5,000/- per bike, this is adjusted against your bike rental charge.

NOTE:The booking fee is non refundable due to bikes being secured for you and therefore not available for other customers. If the travel date needs to be changed, the booking fee would be transferred to the next available date that can be arranged provided bikes will be available.

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Please send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and provide the details of the dates of your journey and possible route. the size, model and number of bikes required. Then we can write you a detailed reply with a package tailored to suit your needs.

Services that we can supply to our customers as requested ::
Luggage racks, bungies, larger fuel tanks, spare parts, service assistance for the first 150 kms, guide, mechanic and helper for groups, delivery and collection of bikes at designated places, 4x4 support vehicle. Hotel bookings, tours.

Soft Saddle bags are available to purchase at rs 1000/- instead of having metal carriers fitted.

Some second hand helmets may be available from time to time to rent as well.

Deliveries and collection of bikes can be made to only a limited cities.
Transportation charges are applicable as is also additional rental charges.
Rental charges are based on the day that the bike leaves the supplier to its return. No refunds are made until the bike is returned to the originating point and has been fully inspected.
Customers can ship bikes back by train or truck, please discuss this with us so arrangements can be made to collect the bikes Delhi end. Some trucking companies do not come all the way into Delhi - so there can be extra costs involved getting the bikes from the depot. Bikes coming by train take some time to clear at the station, so allow for this delay.

We strongly recommend that a deposit in advance is made in order to secure the bike for your travels as there is a greater demand for bikes than availability and we do not wish you to be disappointed.


STEPS FOR HIRING THE BIKE

THIS IS THE PROCESS THAT ANYONE HIRING A BIKE NEEDS TO ENSURE THAT THEY HAVE COMPLETED. THIS WILL SAVE YOU TIME WHEN YOU COLLECT THE BIKE AND GET YOU ON YOUR JOURNEY QUICKER.

Bulletwallas facilitates the hire of bikes; we work to ensure that the process of your arrival to Delhi, your accommodation, your bike hire, your journey, the return of your bike, again your accommodation in Delhi and any other requirements are made easy for you.

CUSTOMERS FULL NAME, ADDRESS AND CONTACT PHONE NUMBER in India or overseas.

BIKE SIZE, 350cc Electra or Thunderbird; 500CC, 4 SPEED OR 5 SPEED, LEFT OR RIGHT SIDE GEARS
Did you get written confirmation about the bike requested.

CONFIRMED DATES FOR HIRING THE BIKE
Did you supply confirmed pick up date and return delivery dates and times.

BOOKING FEE PER BIKE- RS 5,000/- WHICH IS THEN DEDUCTED FROM THE RENTAL CHARGE.
Has this been sent by Western Union, direct bank deposit or cash to secure the booking? Until we receive this payment, the bike hire is not confirmed.

SECURITY BOND, FOR A 350CC BIKE IS RS 20,000/- AND A 500CC BIKE IT IS RS 40,000/-.
This is paid on the day that you collect the bike.
It can be in any currency (not travellers cheques or credit card).
It is held in safe keeping until you return the bike in good working condition.

RENTAL FEE IS AT A RATE PER DAY TIMES THE NUMBER OF DAYS THE BIKE IS HIRED.
This is paid for on the day you collect the bike, in rupees CASH, less the advanced booking fee.
It is NOT paid at the end of the journey or deducted from the security bond.
If the bike is returned early a higher daily rental rate may be charged.

RENTAL FEES WILL VARY BETWEEN CITIES AND STATES AND NEED TO BE CONFIRMED AT THE TIME OF ENQUIRY AND BOOKING.

EXTRAS REQUIRED FOR THE BIKE SUCH AS LARGER TANK, LUGGAGE CARRIERS, BUNGEES, TOOLS AND SPARES.
Have these been confirmed as available? Did you ask for anything different to the standard supply list.

SPARE PARTS
Throttle Cable, Clutch Cable, Spark Plug, Ignition Points, Head Lamp and Tail Lamp Bulb, Chain Link, Tyre Inner Tube.
TOOL KIT
Spark Plug Spanner, Double Ended Screwdriver, Spark Plug Spanner, Pliers, Set of Spanners.
IF YOU WANT ANYTHING EXTRA SPECIFY OR SUPPLY IT YOURSELF
Any extra parts or tools supplied will be charged for, however if either unused or in good condition in the case of tools, shall be bought back on return.

HELMET, DID YOU BRING YOUR OWN OR ARE YOU GOING TO THE MARKET TO BUY YOURSELF ONE.
You can get one starting at Rs 500/- to Rs 1,500 for local ones and better quality helmets are Rs 2,500 upwards.

WHEEL SECURITY LOCK, IT IS A VERY WISE IDEA TO LOCK YOUR BIKE WHEN YOU ARE PARKED.
You can get one in the market starting from Rs 100/- The security of the bike is full your responsibility.

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ACCOMODATION
Did we book you into a hotel, did you get a map?
Did you get a receipt for your payment.
If you change your mind and go to different other than the hotel that we have booked you into (at your request) then we at Bulletwallas are liable for the first nights accommodation, a fee which we would have to transfer on to you.
Were you having a airport pick up, if so did you send the flight details?

LOCATION
Did you get a map for directions to us, at the workshop.
Did you get contact phone numbers to call us in an emergency.

DOCUMENTATION: WE REQUIRE COPIES OF THE FOLLOWING:
Copies of passport, visa, country drivers license and International drivers permit. Two passport size photographs.

If Indian, please provide ID, Pan car, address proof and drivers license.
If you are under 24years of age and Indian, we would have to ask you to provide verification from a family member stating they are aware of your proposed trip and that there is no problem for you to hire a bike.

Have these been emailed or delivered ahead of the booking date?

ON THE DAY YOU COLLECT THE BIKE
You will be required to complete a number of documents and show originals of your documents. The process of the hire of the bike is explained to you. Bike hire is not legal in India except in Goa and as such there is a process of the rider purchasing the bike for the duration of the tour. The documents provided at the time of renting provide evidence of purchase and ownership that satisfies police requirements. These documents would be shown to the police if requested during a police check point inspection

Documents provided are: document of collection and responsibility of the bike, contract agreement for the purchase of the bike, receipt for the money paid.
There is an additional legal buy back agreement to be signed, this document remains with the bike supplier for safe keeping as having this document on your person may create difficulties with you and the police.

The agreement also spells out the terms for hiring the bike and if the bike is returned earlier than is agreed then you maybe charged at a higher rate for the whole rental period or have to pay for the remaining days of the agreed rental period. There are no refunds for the early return of bikes.

Also note: that you are responsible for the daily maintenance of the bike during the period of hire, you are required to check oil levels, chain tension, tyre pressures, battery water levels, ensure that all nuts and bolts are tight. If the bike requires service or has issues then contact the name provided for servicing assistance.

Failure to have problems attended to will only cause you more problems, more delay and more expense. The clutch, gearbox, brakes, cables and piston/rings can be subject to rider abuse when care and attention is not taken. In areas of high dust levels the brakes can wear quickly, as also the air filter will become clogged. Care and attention is required so that you keep moving forward on your journey.

We are very aware that many riders DO NOT respect the bikes that they hire; therefore we strictly enforce payment for damage and wear on the bikes that we provide. When the rider respects our bikes then there will be minimal repair charges. Long distance Iron Butt riding is dangerous for the rider and dangerous with the bike, accidents will happen and the bike will break down. It is not an endurance race, it is a journey with spectacular views. Maximum daily distance should be 200km in the high mountain region. River crossings are where much damage to the bike and the rider occurs. Pushing through a river without taking it slowly will damage the front suspension, flood the electrics and the rider will fall off. The result would be requiring a truck to take you and the bike to the next town, Best practice is to observe the river, there is no hurry, watch where other traffic crosses, look out for rocks. Ankles, knees and elbows get damaged in these places. Ride slowly in narrow winding areas as on coming traffic will cut corners and WILL NOT give way to motorbikes where there is no space. Head on collisions are a very real element in this area.

The Royal Enfield motorcycles are robust but old technology and built in India. Do not expect these bikes to be of the standard of modern European, American or Japanese bikes. They are old world classic, they vibrate, leak oil and require regular attention as all of the 1960’s developed bikes do. These bikes are not endurance trail bikes or racing bikes, they are solid road bikes that have been used by the Indian Army and the Indian Police for nearly 50 years with great success in rough conditions. Treat the bikes with respect and they will serve you well, treat them rough and like all things, they will break.

For travellers that have never ridden in mountains, high country, dirt tracks, deserts, rivers, mud, land slides; basically off road endurance, you are in for one hell of a ride in the Himalayan region. For travellers that normally ride large bikes in urban areas on motorways or beautiful sealed roads, this might just be your worst nightmare :) But seriously, over confident city dwellers, or in experienced new riders will have to really take account of this new environment; as at every turn there may well be a new challenge that will take a great deal of skill and attention to get you and your bike through it safely, and in a manner that you may continue your journey with minimal inconvenience.

We ensure that you start your journey with good reliable bikes, we request that you return the bikes in good condition having treated them with respect as the next traveller may suffer a major brake down due to your manner of riding.

It takes 2-3 hours to go through the paper work, do the bike check and the test ride. It is a requirement that riders check everything as per the list and sign off that they are happy with the bike before completing all formalities as it is the riders responsibility for the care and maintenance of the bike during the hire period. Ensure that this amount of time and more is allocated in the travel plans.

BIKE INSPECTION The rider of the bike is required to inspect the bike that they are hiring to check to see that everything is in order and take the opportunity to ensure that the bike meets their satisfaction. As the rider is taking responsibility for the bike until its safe return back to the depot, its service and maintenance while using it. It is in the riders best interest to make sure that everything is working and fitted correctly at the time of collection.

RIDERS BIKE INSPECTION CHECK LIST
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Departure from Delhi
We recommend that travelers plan to leave Delhi at 5.00am to avoid the heavy traffic congestion in order to prevent frustration, possible clutch damage, possible piston damage but also possible accidents.

Typical luggage carriers on rental bikes
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When special arrangements are made for the collection of bikes, ie delivered to LEH and the customer does not turn up and there is no communication from them; all payments are forfeited. Teams invest a lot of time into ensuring that the service that we offer is as good as possible, when customers fail to meet at arranged times and the team has to wait it puts all other programs out, other customers and services that are scheduled are disrupted, one big chain reaction. The customer has a responsibility to inform us of any delays as much as it is our responsibility to do the same.

If you decide that you want to truck the bikes back to Delhi, then you will be responsible for any damage caused in the transporting of the bikes and any extra time over the booked period for the bikes to be returned to Delhi. To get a bike back from Leh, for example can take about two weeks, so this needs to be planned. You receive back your security bond when the bikes are back at the workshop and have been checked. If you are leaving the country or returning to another part of India before the bikes return, then you need to make adequate arrangements for the bond to be forwarded to you. If the bond is to be paid into a bank account overseas, there are always bank fees ex India to be deducted and the money sent is on the exchange rate for that day. All these processes are your responsibility.


INSURANCE
Only third party vehicle insurance is provided as is required under Indian regulations. This has very limited effect as you are travelling and if you cause an accident then no one is very interested in making insurance claims. The claim is made on the driver directly and usually in the form of cash compensation. Negotiate quickly and keep moving on your journey. Full attention to what you are doing is your best insurance.

Comprehensive insurance is not generally available on most bike rentals.

Medical and Accident/Travel Insurance, ensure that you have arranged all your travel insurance prior to departure as bike riding in India and some of the places that are popular can be difficult and things do happen. Full attention to what you are doing is your best insurance.

MEDICAL & FIRST AID
Many parts of India can make travelers quite unwell.
Attention to hygiene, clean water and safe food is important.
If you have an injury, small or large get it cleaned with bottle water and then apply antiseptic wash (Betadine, Savlon, TeaTree), antiseptic powder, or antiseptic cream. Cover the area to avoid dust getting in. Note that in high temperatures the wound will become moist so take care.
It is difficult to get good quality - western style first aid supplies especially bandages and dressings in India. It is recommended that travelers bring some good bandages and dressings with them. Everything else is easily available.

Altitude sickness is very real and very uncomfortable. It is recommended that before traveling to high altitudes taking Diamox tablets will help in preventing the symptoms.

For high altitude areas and those with heart conditions, be warned that hyper-ventilation can be a real issue. Panic is a factor with hyper-ventilation, maybe a brown paper bag will help. Ensure that correct medical advice is taken and medication is carried.

Dehydration is a very real concern, carry packets of ELECTRAL Oral Rehydration salts and use at 1 pkt per litre of bottled water daily.

Travelling Distances ~ approximate only
Delhi ~ Chandigarh ~ 250 km Delhi ~ Roopnagar ~ 317 km
Delhi ~ Mandi ~ 489 km Delhi ~ Kullu ~ 552 km
Delhi ~ Manali ~ 592 km Delhi ~ Keylong ~ 643 km
Delhi ~ Shimla ~ 380 km Shimla ~ Rampur ~ 131 km
Rampur ~ Rekong Peo ~ 100 km Rekong Peo ~ Kaza ~ 190 km
Kaza ~ Keylong ~ 188 km Keylong ~ Manali ~ 122 km
Keylong ~ Leh ~ 373 km Manali ~ Leh ~ 473 km
Shimla ~ Manali ~ 280 km Delhi ~ Leh ~ 1011 km

A POSSIBLY HELPFUL ADDITION FOR INTERNATIONAL TRAVELLERS

== PREPARATION NOTES- INDIA PREPARED BY AUSSIE BIKERS, GREG, JOHN , KATIE AND JEFF.
Following are a few ideas on what to bring and how to prepare for your trip, mainly meant as suggestions and a check list. 'Don't take anything to India you are not prepared to lose' apart from Passport and life and we'll make sure that doesn't happen!!

Money: AUD
Bike hire $400
Bike security bond $650 cash to remain with Bulletwallas till bike returns
Approx costs per day $150 x 20 = $3000
Motorbike deposit $110
Advise carry $1000 US cash
$2000+ available on Debit card for ATMs

To Bring (* indicates buy in India)
Misc:
Several photocopies of Passport/Visa/Drivers licences
Several spare passport photos
Money belt
Electric adapter
Camera/spare battery/spare memory card/charge/lens cleaner
Chargers for all elect. equip
MBike chain/lock
Water resistant duffle style bag
Plastic rubbish bags (to wrap main bag)
Day back pack
1st Aid/medical (John will bring reasonably comprehensive generic kit)
Cig lighter *
Torch/headlight
Pocket knife/leatherman
Batteries*
bungee straps*
Duct tape*
Tool kit*
Hema Navigator HN5 with India maps
Battery to ciglighter female plug
Water container*
Petrol container*
Tissues/toilet paper
Anti-Delhi-belly medicine eg Gastro-Stop/Travelan, red cordial, Yakult
Water purifier eg Puritabs

Eating:
Freeze dried meals x 4
Noodle meals x 2*
Knife/fork/spoon set
Metal eating bowl
Hexamine stove
Dried fruit/nuts/muesli bars

Clothes:
Undies/socks x5
Non bike easy care clothes sets x 2
Hat/beanie, scarf
Light shoes/sandals, thongs/jandals (kiwispeak!) (for showers)
Personal/toiletries gear

Bike:
Helmet
Gloves x2 (heavy and light)
Jacket water proof (eg Dryrider)
Polartec fleece top and pants
Full set thermal underware
Thinsulate balaclava
Waterproof pants
Boots to ride with (waterproof, ankle+high) maybe with gaiters

Sleeping/Camping:
Sleeping bag/liner
Sleeping mat(ress)
Bivi bag / ground sheet

BEFORE WE GO - Things to do:

Email to Bulletwallas scans of passport, visa, national and international drivers' licence
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