Here is an option which enables you to travel entirely in your own way and at your own pace. You may choose any of our pre-organized tours or create your very own. Our services range from basic to full packages with the ability to provide all possible assistance, excluding a foreign or local guide. In joining this concept, you will be responsible for the success and achievement of your self-made expedition.
This is not a fully organized tour, therefore you are entirely on your own in managing your departures, pace, breaks and other details, depending on the options you wish to include in your package.
We have composed six possible self-ride packages in two different parts of India (Himalayas and Sub-Continent) as an example, illustrating a clearer idea of possible customized options. Rates*, due to the versatility and variety of our options, can only be evaluated after the selection or composition of a package. Any extra service is a supplement that will be added accordingly.
Feel free to consult us for any details, advice and requests.
* Rates will vary according to destinations, duration, number of travelers and the options you select for the package: the more travelers, the less the costs.
Self-rides Expeditions are not meant for motorbike beginners or first time travelers. Motorcycle Expeditions seriously recommends this option only for motorbike experts and globe trotters. In deciding to travel on your own, you take greater risks than in joining a tour with a guide (kindly consult our Self-rides DOs and DON’Ts below).
Here is a list of reasons why it may be difficult or even dangerous to travel solo.
Keep to the far left when riding on high mountain roads without safety guards. Trucks may suddenly pull out of a sharp curve on the wrong side of the road due a crossing cow or damaged road.
At the traffic lights
Green is no certain indication that you are safe to cross the street. A sudden truck, rickshaw, child running through or a nonchalant cow can cause many accidents.
No indicator lights/blinkers
Most people do not use indicators when turning, so one must always be ready for any sudden change of route of the neighboring vehicles. An old motorcycling trick would be to keep an eye on front wheels of vehicles; once they turn, so will the vehicle and you have time to compensate accordingly.
No Wi-fi / Mobile signal
In the remote parts of the Himalayas, there is no mobile phone signal, nor is there any way to make a phone call (satellite phones are prohibited). Should you be on your own and in trouble, you may not be able to find any rescue.
In the big cities and towns, most people are well versed in English, however, once off the beaten track, sign language will be your best option. There is no tourist information outside of the tourist points.
Though one may pay great respect to local traditions and customs, it is quite inevitable to be offensive even when behaving correctly according to your own culture.
DOs and DON’Ts
Every specific region in India has its own customs, traffic rules etc. We will supply you useful advice when applying for a Self-ride Expedition.
Now, if you believe that you are a confirmed rider and traveler, the Self-ride option is an amazing opportunity to travel where and how you please without the guidelines of a fully organized tour.
We remind you that these are only examples of how a self-ride tour can be organized. Packages can be arranged in many different ways depending on your idea of a perfect expedition. Self-ride Tours will automatically include, as shown in the package samples, motorbikes, fuel, spare parts, mechanic assistance and a backup jeep.
Here are some basic options that you can add to your Self-ride Package. For any extra requests, you may consult us.