1. If you plan to do a ride for two weeks or less it might be better to rent a bike. For any longer time it is very easy to buy a bike privately or some bike shops are prepared to help with the process and even guarantee to buy the bike back from you after the trip. I believe this is especially true in Delhi. Do NOT use “India Bikes” in Mumbai.
2. Don’t worry too much about taking extra tubes, tools etc with you. Believe me there is not a village in India where you can’t get this thing fixed for almost nothing.
3. If you feel that the riding long stretches between places of interest is too cumbersome or dangerous, that’s ok as almost all touristy places have bikes for rent. Don’t expect to get a helmet with the bike tho.
4. Do NOT book any accommodation in advance. Finding accommodation in India is easy and very negotiable. If you pre book accommodation be prepared to pay double and it limits your freedom of movement.
5. Do not be too concerned about the condition of the bike you rent or buy. You can have the bike overhauled for next to nothing anywhere in India.
6. If you are on your own, the Enfield 350 is totally sufficient. It has enormous torque with a top speed of about 90 and as you seldom ride more than 80kms an hour this bike will do.
7. A trip to India is a mindset trip; it can be the best or worst experience of your life, dependent on your attitude and mindset. For us it was certainly a wonderful experience.
8. Do not be tempted to bring the bike back to SA, it is the best bike in India and the only bike you want to ride there, however it is a piece of crap anywhere else in the world. You would be better off buying a Harley it’s also slow, makes a lot of noise and looks like something your great grandfather used to get around on.