Automotive industry is not well developed in Nepal. Almost all vehicles are imported. Insurance and hefty road tax add up to the import cost and make owning a vehicle in Nepal very expensive. I am planning on buying a motorcycle in Nepal and here is a small report on my finding.
- You get almost all the motorcycles that you can buy in India
- Royal Enfield bikes are in huge demand
- Motorcycles in Nepal are 2.5 times as expensive as they are in India.
- You can ride your motorcycle from India to Nepal but have to pay tax to the government daily
- If you want to buy a motorcycle in Nepal, you need a no objection certificate from your embassy in Nepal
- You can use Indian licence to ride a motorcycle in Nepal (a motorcycle rental company gave me this information)
- Because of the bad roads, motorcycles in Nepal need frequent repairing
I am planning on buying a used motorcycle. I tried asking my landlord and my colleagues to see if anyone they knew is selling a motorcycle. When that did not workout well, I tried Hamrobazaar (meaning our market), the craigslist of Nepal. I am not sure how reliable the sellers are, but the site is very popular among Nepali people (and hence reliable?). The site has a good listing of used motorcycles. Also, one can find many dealers of reconditioned motorcycles in Kathmandu. This is not a common sight in India. These dealers usually provide you two weeks of warranty. If anything is wrong with the motorcycle, they will fix it for you. They will also get the paperwork of insurance, transfer of registration (a blue book in you name), and bank loan done for you. Of course, buying from a dealer is more expensive. But you will save a lot of time and hassle as you can check out many motorcycles at once. I am planning on getting either a Bajaj Pulsar 150cc or TVS Apache 160cc.
The value of the motorcycles in Kathmandu is a function of following parameters:
- Lot number (usually corresponds to a particular year). I believe the current lot number provided by the department of transport is 52.
- Number of kilometers on the bike – many people get the meter changed – so this is not a reliable parameter anymore
- Accidents – whether the vehicle was involved in any accidents
- Overhauling or reboring of the engine – a good mechanic should be able to help you with identifying this.
When you get the motorcycle, check for the following things :
- Cosmetic damages
- Brake pad / shoe wear
- Tire treading
- Battery – keep the brake light or headlight on for ten minutes and try starting the engine.
It is hard to judge the quality of the engine but the quality of the clutch play, acceleration, and brakes can be judged by riding the vehicle for 10-15 minutes. I came across this page which you may find very useful – http://matadornetwork.com/trips/how-to-travel-nepal-by-motorcycle/
Happy riding! God speed!