2020 Planning: Delhi India to Bangkok ride

Jerk

The Boss at On An Adventure
Staff member
So a buddy and I are cooking up something a little crazy. We're thinking it would be pretty cool to buy used or new Himalayans in Delhi, then ride down to Bangkok, hitting up Nepal and all the other places along the way. I ride in Thailand a couple times a year and always rent bikes, so I'm thinking it would be pretty cool to just keep a bike down there for future riding. Who knows, the wife and I may even spend a few months out of the year on Koh Samui during our retirement, so a Himalayan would come in handy 👹

Noraly bought a new Himma in Delhi, but she had to wait like 60 days for a carnet before she could ride... that's a bit problematic. Perhaps things will change between now and 2020 to speed up that process.

If anyone has insider info on this aspect, please feel free to chime in here :)

Related: I rode north and south Thailand a few months ago. On the southern leg, I rented a BMW 310 and spent the entire week in a bungalow on the beach, because it was just so nice.

Obligatory pics:

View from my bungalow, $55 a night!

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On the boat heading to the island:

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RickB728

Getting there...
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Michigan USA
Awesome! Would love to that! Toward the end of 2020? I’m taking an early retirement in July 2020 and will need some big adventure before getting into my new business. The Carnet could be the only issue.
 

TN_twowheeladdict

Well travelled
Location
Tennessee
So a buddy and I are cooking up something a little crazy. We're thinking it would be pretty cool to buy used or new Himalayans in Delhi, then ride down to Bangkok, hitting up Nepal and all the other places along the way. I ride in Thailand a couple times a year and always rent bikes, so I'm thinking it would be pretty cool to just keep a bike down there for future riding. Who knows, the wife and I may even spend a few months out of the year on Koh Samui during our retirement, so a Himalayan would come in handy 👹

Noraly bought a new Himma in Delhi, but she had to wait like 60 days for a carnet before she could ride... that's a bit problematic. Perhaps things will change between now and 2020 to speed up that process.
So, she could ride, but not leave India is what I garnered from her video.

Could you buy via internet and wire transfer and have a proxy file the paperwork for the carnet so it is all in place when you arrive?

I've thought about buying a bike when I go to New Zealand in 2020 if I can find a used one with the road papers valid during the time I want to ride and just put it in my son's name and have him sell it when I am done with it. It will probably cost me less than a rental, but then I would have no support.
 

Jerk

The Boss at On An Adventure
Staff member
I'll start digging in to the details next year some time. I might even make a shorter rental trip in India just to feel things out and make some contacts before jumping in with both feet on the purchase and long ride.

I think buying a bike is the way to go... even if you run the risk of breaking down with no support. Adds to the adventure and builds memories :)
 

Triumph Thaiger

Total noob
Location
Thailand
Better late then never, I suppose : Apart from the difficulties already described by others of purchasing a motorcycle in India as a foreigner there is also the issue that it is VERY difficult and VERY expensive to legally import a motorcycle into Thailand.To the extent it's simply not practical.If you come to Thailand regularly you could buy a bike here and store it during your absence. Used low -miles Himi's can be found for less then 70.000 Baht.Officially you can , when visiting on a tourist visa, not register a Thai registered vehicle in your name but there are ways around that .
 
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