royal enfield bullet motorcycle loaded with luggage on rack (nepal)

Royal Enfield Bullet motorcycle loaded with luggage on rack (Nepal)

This was my bike (in fact, borrowed from my friend Pierrot), loaded like a mule!

I was travelling with my friend Anne-Laure, so we had two backpacks, a bag of tools and spare parts, my camera gear in the dry bag, and a lot of extra petrol in plastic jerrycans, since there is a chronic shortage and rationing of petrol in Nepal, exacerbated by frequent general strikes and political unrest.­

Luckily we were able to secure enough petrol from the Army gas station in Kathmandu, despite the ongoing general strike and rationing, because Nepali Authorities (sometimes) do not enforce petrol rationing on tourists (because tourism is important for the local Nepali economy).­

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Trishuli Highway, Kakani 44900, Nepal

Photos taken during a motorcycle trip with a friend in Nepal in March 2013.­

This includes a trip up the Kali Gandaki valley to the Annapurnas and the Lower Mustang region, with its beautiful Himalayan landscapes.­

Those photos were taken one year before the April 2014 earthquake that killed many and caused major damage in central Nepal.­

Many of the buildings and temples on those photos have been damaged or destroyed by the 2014 quake, especially the shaky brick houses in Bhaktapur.­

Photos of Royal Enfield "Bullet" Motorcycles.­

Royal Enfield are manufactured in India.­ They are rugged and simple to maintain and fix, which is why they are very popular in the Himalaya regions.­ The most popular model is 350cc, but there is also a 500cc version.­

Royal Enfield "Bullet" motorcycles are also heavy, sometimes unreliable and not fuel efficient, because they are based on a design that dates the 1940's, with only minor changes and improvements.­ But they are very simple to fix when they break down.­

I rented my Royal Enfield in Delhi, at a small shop called "Smart Motors" on Naiwala street in the Karol Bagh neighborhood.­ The owner, Mohit Soni, is a very nice guy, and they have good bikes.­ I recommend him.­

Other recommended shops to rent Enfield "Bullets" in Delhi are Lali Singh and Tony Motors.­