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Riding in India

My brother is moving to India for 3-5 years. Once he is settled I will be going and spending sometime there. He is moving to Dehli.

I have not yet ridden in India, but if at all possible, I would like to do so for the experience.

Has anyone ridden in India, if so anything I should know about riding or bike rental over there?

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I would check out advrider. Plenty of inmates have been through there.

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If it's anything like any other 3rd world country (I've been to my fair share) don't expect to go fast, and don't expect any real rules to the road.

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I love riding, but I'm not sure I'd have the... courage... to do it over there. Driving in India is the bare-knuckle boxing of the motorist world. If there are lines, cross them (lanes are more of a rough suggestion of how cars could be spaced). If there is a one-way that goes in the wrong direction, go the wrong way. Feel free to force other vehicles onto the shoulder just so you can go where you want. If you have some cash ready (they LOVE US dollars) you'll never get a ticket. Oh, and make sure to talk with your horn.
There is no such thing as cutting somebody off; the entire mentality is that it's the responsibility of the vehicles behind you to react to your actions.

On a side note, if you want a hilariously terrifying ride, tell the cab driver that you'll give him a big tip if he gets you there quickly.

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I would tip $10usd if a cab driver would show me some GTA style driving through Delhi. Another $10 on safe arrival.

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I love riding, but I'm not sure I'd have the... courage... to do it over there. Driving in India is the bare-knuckle boxing of the motorist world. If there are lines, cross them (lanes are more of a rough suggestion of how cars could be spaced). If there is a one-way that goes in the wrong direction, go the wrong way. Feel free to force other vehicles onto the shoulder just so you can go where you want. If you have some cash ready (they LOVE US dollars) you'll never get a ticket. Oh, and make sure to talk with your horn.
There is no such thing as cutting somebody off; the entire mentality is that it's the responsibility of the vehicles behind you to react to your actions.

On a side note, if you want a hilariously terrifying ride, tell the cab driver that you'll give him a big tip if he gets you there quickly.
Pretty much the exact same thinking I have.

Had to drive in Italy on the Almafi coast and southern Italy. Not generally recommended. While it's nothing compared to India, it's still hard to break from u.s. traffic expectations and adjust. First time I decide to do what the locals did, I got an 86 Euro fine. Right before Christmas too lol.

I had a few friends who went to India and their first hand stories alone is enough to convince me I'd rather not even try, lol.

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Pretty much the exact same thinking I have.

Had to drive in Italy on the Almafi coast and southern Italy. Not generally recommended. While it's nothing compared to India, it's still hard to break from u.s. traffic expectations and adjust. First time I decide to do what the locals did, I got an 86 Euro fine. Right before Christmas too lol.

I had a few friends who went to India and their first hand stories alone is enough to convince me I'd rather not even try, lol.
I freaking loved driving in Italy with a rental diesel 6spd hatchback. Have driven from Milan to Amalfi (most of the West coast), what a blast. The idea of driving in India makes me itch though, that's a whole nother animal.

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Sounds like the chance of a lifetime - IF you can get out of heavy populated / high traffic areas safely. I say go for it!

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I freaking loved driving in Italy with a rental diesel 6spd hatchback. Have driven from Milan to Amalfi (most of the West coast), what a blast. The idea of driving in India makes me itch though, that's a whole nother animal.
Kudos to you then

The driving in Italy part generally wasn't that bad. Things got hairy for me while driving up/down the Amalfi coast due to those big ass buses whipping around the blind corners at the edges of the cliff at a pretty good speed.

Didn't help that I was in a lil 1.6l ford escort lol. I think I would of had more fun if it was the 6 spd diesel.

Oh, and driving for Naples... Fuckin nightmare!

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Kudos to you then

The driving in Italy part generally wasn't that bad. Things got hairy for me while driving up/down the Amalfi coast due to those big ass buses whipping around the blind corners at the edges of the cliff at a pretty good speed.

Didn't help that I was in a lil 1.6l ford escort lol. I think I would of had more fun if it was the 6 spd diesel.

Oh, and driving for Naples... Fuckin nightmare!
I didn't have to drive in any cities, I think that's the key. My first time I had a Ford Ka so I can commiserate. Just had to keep reminding myself to stay to the right. Driving in the country is hilarious, especially the first time that you get passed by the Italian version of a soccer mom in a wagon before a blind turn.

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My wife and I were stationed in Italy for three years. While riding, I learned never to look at the speedo.
Defensive driving worked to a point, but Offensive driving / riding seemed to work equally well.
I felt better on the moto than a car. There are many more escape opportunities and acceleration can get you out of trouble just as quick as braking. (and into it).

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That's actually a very tame version. This gives more of an idea of what it's really like:

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