reisijutud

Renting Royal Enfield Bullet in Delhi

with 6 comments

I doubt there are too many Estonias who might find this information useful, so I’ll write in English.

Based on Google, there are few well established players in Royal Enfield rental in Delhi, Karol Bagh. Two most recommended ones seem to be Tony’s Bullet rental and Lalli Singh I’ve also seen other formats of the name used  (Lallee, Lalliji, Lalji), but I’m guessing they all refer to same place. Both these guys were my first choice as well, but once I callled them up a day before and told that I wanted to rent a Bullet just for a weekend, I found out that 2 weeks is the minumum they’re willing to rent, especially when there’s a high season.

As I was running out of good options, I called to J.P. Manchanda owner of Mukeesh Motors. There’s a huge negative (or at least controversial) thread about Mukeesh Motors here, so obviously I had my doubts.  Even though I was not sure if  the story is true or false, I figured it’s better to avoid a place that has this kind of footprint in Internet. Then again, I wanted to drive Bullet really bad so I weighted my risks and decided to give it a try nevertheless. I phoned to Machanda and agreed to have a 350 Bullet for 3 days, 900 per day.

In person, he is not exactly a very talkative or amiable guy, but not everyone is like this and he obviously knows his stuff  being in business for so long. While I waited for my bike to be readied and papers to be prepared, there were a few local guys who came by to chat with him and he seemed much more open and trusting with those. And these guys on the other hand seemed nice and friendly to me. We have a saying in Estonian that translates to something like  “Tell me who are your friends and I’ll tell you who are you“. So, seeing that he had some trustworthy friends made me feel a lot more relaxed.

I’ve understood that in Karol Bagh, if you rent a bike fro 2 weeks, you get a price 500 rupees/day, but I’m guessing that if you want it for a weekend (with a very short prior notice) then 900 per day is not too bad. I’ve visited a couple of other (no name) workshops in Karol Bagh and they didn’t seem eager at all to rent for just a weekend, you would probably find someone, but so far I’ve figured it’s not worth the hassle.

So, depending on how good you are at negotiating and for how long you plan to rent the bike and your colour of skin ;), I’d say the price is somewhere between 500.- and 1000.- ruppees per day. Deposit fee at Mukesh motors was 10 000 rupees and once this was paid I got a copy of bike registration and insurance. I have not been stopped by police, but I’m assuming these are sufficiant together with your drivers license.

Bike ran well for 3 days and 550 kilometers, the only thing I had to to was to tighten a few screws after 2 days. There are workshops all along the roads, so it shouldn’t be a problem, even if you don’t have a repair set with you (which I didn’t).

Second time I rented from Mukesh was also a 350  Bullet, but this time I could not switch to upper gears after about 50 km of driving. I called them up and since I was not too far from Delhi, I drove back to hotel using 1st gear and waited for the guys to come and check the problem. Which they did quite quickly actually. It appeared that a small bolt was broken somewhere close to gear box and it took less than 15 min for them to fix it. Other than that, bike ran just fine and later I even managed to bargain some discount from bike pick-up fee because of this incident.

So, I can’t comment on others experience, but my experience has been quite positive with Mukesh Motors and next time I plan to take a bike from there as well.

About these ads

Written by Madis Maks

July 28, 2010 at 3:12 pm

Posted in india

6 Responses

Subscribe to comments with RSS.

  1. also i deal with mukesh motors many time he have good bikes & jp manchanda very good person also u cheak all 6 pages of bcmtouring u know every thing very good place for renting enfield in KB

    rupesh

    August 1, 2010 at 12:48 pm

  2. also u cheak the web site
    http://www.mukeshmotors.com

    rupesh

    August 1, 2010 at 12:57 pm

  3. very nice home page. b4 2 years also i renting the bike its very good enfield 500cc i know this guy good place for renting the bikes in KB

    gorden

    August 13, 2010 at 11:15 am

  4. I had a really really horrible experience with Mukesh motors. The bike kept stopping every 40-50 kms, and most of our time was spent getting it repaired. When we called him, he asked us to just spend the money and that he would refund whatever charges we paid. He was lying. He did not refund a penny, infact he asked us to pay more money which we refused. But since we were tourists and had no influence in Delhi, we just paid a bit and got out of the whole mess.

    My advice – pay extra, but hire bikes from a better place. Don’t go for this fraud.

    Ab

    March 10, 2014 at 7:58 pm

    • AB any misunderstang with becouse i know this oerson last 10 years & many time i rented a bike from him he not a froud

      gorden

      April 11, 2014 at 1:57 pm

      • gorden u r 100% right mukesh motors not fraud i know he have very good bikes royal enfield for rent

        rupesh

        April 15, 2014 at 10:50 am


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

Follow

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

%d bloggers like this: