Today I wanted to cover the release of the new Norton Commando 961 California, but unfortunately their ‘News’ page only had a paragraph on it, very disappointing indeed. I shall write a strongly worded letter suggesting they follow Triumph’s example in helping the press get the word out.
Onto Plan B.
A few months ago a client suggested I sort out my LinkedIn page which I did and to be honest he did me a favour. It’s a great source of information and just this morning whist looking for today’s article I found these guys and what caught my eye was their trips through the Kingdom of Bhutan, a place I’ve always been interested in and would love to visit.
If you don’t know much about Bhutan, it seems like a fascinating place. It’s a Kingdom, has a negative carbon footprint and measures the health of the population by its Gross Domestic Happiness, not Gross Domestic Product.
A word of advice, travel visas are expensive, $200 to $250 per day depending the the time of year. I don’t know this to be fact, but from what I know of Bhutan that cost in my opinion helps the King, who is very focused on conservation, keep Bhutan the wondrous place it is. For example, not long ago Tigers, previous thought unable to live at such altitudes have not only been found there but it’s estimated some 103 tigers are living there.
Buying cigarettes in Bhutan is illegal, the rice grown there is red and chillies aren’t just a seasoning but the entire dish! It’s also a deeply Buddhist country, the men wear tunics to work and giant protective penises are painted on the walls of most houses.
An interesting place to say the least.
Royal Bike Riders was established in 2006 organise nine tours across the Indian sub-continent through countries such as Nepal, Bhutan and Tibet, another place I’d love to visit.
You can also choose between North India, Leh Ladakh, Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand. In in west you can go through Rajasthan and in southern India there are trips through Kerala, the ‘new’ Goa apparently and TamilNadu.
A support team of mechanics, drivers and ‘road captains’ experienced in the conditions of high altitude travel help you have a comfortable and safe trip.
The road captains ride less popular trails so that you can experience some of the best routes and less traffic avoiding where possible highways, preferring to ride through villages and small towns.
The Fixed Departure Trips have a maximum of 10 riders.
The tours try to cater for everyone, some rider prefer to travel alone whilst others prefer to travel as a group. They can also plan a trip based on a route of your choice and you can set your own dates, so costs vary but they say they try not disappoint anybody with a restricted budget and travel duration.
The 15 motorbikes on offer are the 2013 Model 7 and Royal Bike Riders is a registered company with Government of India and Ministry of Corporate Affairs.
If you’ve travelled with or without Royal Bike Riders through any of these countries, we’d love to get your opinion.