Nepal - A Motorcycling
The most efficient means of transport in Nepal
Nepal is a land of great contrasts. The country has the world's highest
mountains, snow, tropical jungles, high altitude deserts and fast flowing rivers
and dirty crowded cities. Kathmandu is not a pretty sight. It is a jumble of
precariously built concrete boxes and the air is filthy. Pollution is a major
problem for this city of 2 million people which is nestled beside tall mountains
in a valley which does not benefit from daily refreshing breezes.
The Hero Honda 125cc is everywhere in various forms, though the locals
suggest at 65,000 rupees (aprox A$1325 or US$1050) it is too expensive as it is
not powerful enough for the hills with 2 or more people aboard.
Kawasaki four stroke 100cc single built in India
The roads in Nepal are appalling by our standards but they must be a modern
miracle to the locals who can now avoid much of the back-breaking toil portering
loads up and down mountains.
The flashiest 4 stroke I saw. The Sanyang Bonus MB125A boasted"Excellent
safety attractive 4 stroke cell motor" on it's side cover!
The Yezdi Roadking. An Indian built 250 twinport single
The Dailim VS125 4 valve cruiser!
The "big capacity" 170cc Hyosung. Oil-coooled motor which boasted on its
sidecover - "Safe and joyful motor life - American Classic Cruise."
An old Yamaha trail-bike and a Honda by Lake Phewa in Pokhara.
The ubiqitious Indian Enfield. Cleary the bike of of class in Nepal. It has
presence, sounds big and looks expensive. A 350cc model here, 500cc models are
available but are claimed to be not as good. A bike which is slow and prone to
problems but it is probably well suited to the primitive roads and low speeds
attained in Nepal.
By far the most popular bike in Nepal. At 80,000 rupees not the cheapest but
it's 125cc engine is strong and reliable. Comes in various forms - the Escort,
the Rajdoot or as a Yamaha. All built under license in India.