Which Bike Is Best For A Leh Ladakh Road Trip?

Ankita | Updated on May 16, 2022

Glad, you asked this before going to Ladakh. But let me ask you one question, which motorbike hits your mind when you think of visiting Leh Ladakh? Chances are; many of you will scream out loud that Royal Enfield or bullet is the best bike for a Ladakh road trip. However, this saying is true that Ladakh and Royal Enfield go hand in hand as the destination is located at a high altitude of 3,505 m above sea level and is advanced to cover large motorcycle engines like 350 ccs and 500 cc, which is what Royal Enfield is famous for. 

But, do you think is it true? Aren’t there any other bikes for a Leh Ladakh trip? If you ask us, there are many to select from. But with plenty of things to keep in mind when choosing alternative bike options for the Leh Ladakh road trip, Go2Ladakh pro tips will make your doubts clear regarding which bike is best for a Ladakh trip. Thanks, later!

Leh Ladakh in May

Things To Keep in Mind While Selecting Royal Enfield or Bullet:

The truth is that; if you think you can start your Bullet or Royal Enfield daunting engine and set your way towards Ladakh road trip without actually considering the condition of your motorbike, then my friend, you are inviting mountain trouble and this you will realize when you’ll land your Royal Enfield in the hilly terrains of Ladakh. As there is 2 road connectivity to reach Leh-Ladakh on a motorbike. One is from the Srinagar-Leh highway, and the other is from the Manali-Leh highway. Both the roads are perched on the hilly slopes and thus, requires a well-maintained motorbike to cover the rugged terrain of Ladakh. 

However, the major drawback with the Royal Enfield Standard, Classic, Electra is that these bikes have small petrol tanks. But the big brother of these bikes – Thunderbird gives you an edge of riding on the hilly terrain of Ladakh as the tank of this bike is large and stores more petrol as compared to standard, Electra, and classic models.

Your bike for the Ladakh trip should be well maintained right from the tyres to brakes to the petrol tank. Most importantly, your bike should not be old like your grandfather or grandmother. Jokes apart, it means; if your bike has covered more than 1 lakh km in the speedometer, then we recommend you to skip the idea of touring the twisted roads of Ladakh and opt to adopt Go2Ladakh Ladakh Motorbike Tours and see the best of Ladakh on your favourite Royal Enfield bike. How Amazing is that? Not to mention, the best bikes for the Ladakh trip provided to you have surpassed all the security checks by our expert technicians.

Leh Ladakh in May

9 Nights / 10 Days

₹ 41564
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Manali Ladakh

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Here we will discuss the top motorbikes in India and the advantages that help them make it to the list:

1. Bajaj Pulsar

If you ask us which bike is best for a Ladakh trip, we would personally recommend Bajaj Pulsar- wondering why I’m mentioning Pulsar over the Royal Enfield? Well, it is because with the Pulsar F250 and N250 you won’t encounter any single problem during the ride. Though the Pulsar F250 N250 doesn’t have a kick option to start the bike and the ignition of the engine depends on the self-start system, even with only one opportunity to start a motorcycle, the bike will not disappoint you on your Ladakh trip.

2. Yamaha Fezar

The Yamaha Fezar is another durable option for the Leh Ladakh road trip as the bike boosts 12-litre fuel tank capacity and with wide tires and perfect balancing, Yamaha Fezar is the bike to select on Ladakh motorbike expedition. However, one needs to take care of the similar factors of maintenance on this also. The only disadvantage of these bikes over the Royal Enfield is that these bikes don’t support the large luggage options on the bike back and if you carry heavy luggage with you, the rider behind you won’t feel comfortable and your balls will not also. Boys will understand what I Mean. Take care of this point. Although, riding alone on Yamaha Fazer is not that much of a concern.

3. Hero Impulse

The hero is known for its powerful motorcycles and full proof of comfort. And this could be felt if you make your ride to the twisted roads of Ladakh on Hero Impulse. The bike is known for its the way and offroad adventure trails which you might have also seen in its promotional or official video. This bike boasts a 12-litre fuel tank, and it is not advised to take this bike on a Ladakh tour if its km exceeded 50,000 km on the speedometer. As the bike is of 150 cc engine you would undoubtedly face engine issues and ignition problems if your bike is not well maintained.

4. Bajaj Avenger Cruise 220

Yet another best bike for the Ladakh trip, Bajaj Avenger Cruise 220 is a modern cruiser bike that is designed traditionally. Every feature of the vehicle speaks of the comfort that it provides to its owner. It comes with a talk windshield, extra wide handles, low seat height, and forward-set footpegs which makes it an ideal choice for long road trips. Apart from the comfort that it provides, it has a 220cc engine, with 19bhp, 17.5 Nm torque and a 5-speed gearbox. These specifications help the bike to fit in all weather conditions for almost all kinds of routes.

5. KTM 390 DUKE

It is a unique blend of performance, class, beauty and adventure. It’s like one of those smart racing bikes with LED lamps, upright handles and a digital display for the instrument console. This console comes with a feature through which it can be connected to a smartphone via Bluetooth. The 373cc power engine with a 6-speed gearbox adds a different X factor to the vehicle. For security purposes, the bike is equipped with dual-channel ABS.

6. Mahindra Mojo XT300

Modern specifications definitely make a device or a vehicle better. But a good mileage always gives an extra edge to an automobile as compared to its other competitors in the market. Mahindra Mojo XT300 has a 21-litre fuel tank which is ideal for long trips. Also, the extra cushioned seating is designed in such a way that the riders do not get tired easily. It does come with a 294cc single-cylinder, 25.9 bhp and 28 Nm torque. It also has a standard 6-speed gearbox. The starting price of the bike is 1,95,509 and it’s suitable for travelling in the plains.

7. Bajaj Dominar 400

This beautifully designed touring motorbike comes with a 373.3cc liquid-cooled single-cylinder, producing 39.5bhp and 35Nm of torque. A lot of detailing is done with LED headlamps, tail lamps, turn indicators and a digital instrument console. These features make Bajaj Dominar 400 one of the best bikes for the Leh Ladakh trip and reliable in terms of travelling to distant places overnight. The price of this cruiser bike starts at around 1,94,750 in India.

8. Royal Enfield Himalayan

This 411cc masterpiece has dual-purpose tyres that make it appropriate to ride on all terrains. To ensure comfort on a long journey, this motorcycle is equipped with comfortable seats, a magnetic compass, a 15-litre fuel tank, and upright handles. The on-road price of the vehicle is 1,89,565 INR.

9. BMW G310GS

BMW has introduced its range of luxury motorbikes in India with the BMW G310GS which makes it to the list of best bikes to travel to Ladakh. It has an extra-wide seat to support riding for extended tours. Other unavoidable factors which contribute to the credibility of the product are dual-purpose tyres, switchable ABS, and alloy wheels. It has a liquid-cooled, fuel-injected, single-cylinder 313cc powerful engine. It runs amazingly on city streets, countryside and rough mountain terrain.

10. Jawa Perak

If you are looking for the best bike for a Ladakh trip with a pillion, Jawa Perak is the answer. It’s a bobber style motorcycle with a pillion seat. The seat does come with extra layers of protection to aid long travelling hours. It is powered by a liquid-cooled, single-cylinder, 343cc engine with 30 bhp and 31Nm torque. The safety is also taken care of by installing dual-channel ABS.

11. Royal Enfield Interceptor 650

The simple classic design of the Royal Enfield Interceptor makes it one of the most popular bikes in the market. It has a parallel twin 649cc, air/oil-cooled smooth engine generating 47bhp and 52Nm of torque. It is accompanied by a 6-speed gearbox with a slipper assist clutch. This is famously used for mountain riding because of its powerful performance. The starting model is around 2,64,919 INR.

12. Kawasaki Versys 650

Last but not least, Kawasaki Versys 650 can also be considered when looking for the best bikes for a Ladakh trip. It is a perfect piece for extended road tripping. The model features adjustable suspensions, wide elongated seats, and an adjustable windscreen which are suitable for long miles. Also, the 21-litre fuel tank enables travelling for long hours. It has a modern 649cc liquid-cooled, parallel-twin engine. It is a recent launch from the year 2019 and ranges around 6,69,000 INR. Though it is a street bike it seamlessly works in all weathers and terrains in India.

NOTE: From all above mentioned 12 bikes, Yamaha Fazer, Hero Impulse and KTM 390 Duke’s production has been discontinued in India because of various reasons like lack of ABS (anti-lock braking system), poor demand and more. At Go2Ladakh, we go with premium Himalayan bikes only so that you enjoy a comfortable ride without any hurdles. 

So, those were some of the best bikes for a Ladakh Trip that will give you a hassle-free experience. Our pro tip is to keep a checklist of your bike maintained and fix it before starting your daunting engines on the Leh Ladakh bike trip.

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