How to Ride a Motorcycle in India & SURVIVE

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Driving a motorcycle here in India is a little bit crazy. You have to be half mad to do it, right? But I’m gonna make it easy for you guys. I’ll take you guys through the official.. oh no wait! the unofficial road rules here in India because there are rules but nobody follows them. And there’s plenty of mad men out on the roads here. And we’re gonna ride from here in Gulmarg, beautiful hill station in Jammu and Kashmir, through the capital to Srinagar and then across to another, even more stunning hill station called Pahalgam. Before we leave, I’ll take you over a few essentials that you might not think to bring. But I never did. So in this tank bag.. tank bag is really important. I have a tank bag because I keep all the valuables in there. And when we stop for a tea or stop somewhere, I can just yank it off and carry my valuables with me. They don’t sit on the bike on the back here, okay? And then inside the tank bag, I always have a poncho because here in Jammu and Kashmir, it can rain at any moment. It just comes and goes. It’s a bit like my home in New Zealand. And the third thing: sunblock. You might not think about this but the sun’s rays here, if you’re travelling through Jammu and Kashmir, are really really strong because you’re so elevated. And actually make sure you put it around your wrists because the glove doesn’t cover my wrists. So my wrists always get like this like massive burn line on them. Yeah, avoid that and always apply it to your face because the sun comes through your visor. There’s no doubt about it. Motorcycle riding is the best way to explore India. But let’s keep you safe and get you driving like an Indian. And that’s what it’s really all about; watching local drivers and learning from them. The first and most important rule is take it freaking slow. Taking it easy is gonna allow you to avoid all the hazards on the road. And they are plentiful. And they pop out of absolutely nowhere. 50% of riding in India is just obstacle avoidance, honestly. So don’t expect to get anywhere fast. In the hills, you’re gonna be travelling at like 20 to 40 kms/hour. And on the motorways, I don’t go over 80 kms/hour because cows and dogs love to sleep on the actual, in the actual lanes and also run out from the divider. Now India has lanes but they’re not really used. Cows will float around the road, they’ll overtake on corners or just be on the wrong side of the road to avoid a pothole. And honestly, there’s simply just no reason for why some people are on your side of the road at all. So stick to the left hand side of the lane when you’re going around like a blind corner so you don’t get taken out by a car or a truck. When riding on the motorway, likewise, keep to the left because you’re gonna witness the most insane death defying overtaking in the world, It is scary. You know to use your mirrors often so you know what’s around you. But in India, they use Human Sonar Technology. They drive with their ears, basically. Cars will honk at you for like two reasons. Either they want you to move so they can pass or they’re telling you they’re about to pass you or they are passing you. Don’t get a fright when you discover someone ride up your butt and they’re honking at you. Just look around and decide the best way to actually let them pass. Alright guys. This is a petrol station, Indian Oil. So just go and queue up where the other bikes are. Karl: Hi, how are you? All good? Now they don’t full your petrol tank all the way to the top because they have a tendency of spilling while you’re riding these Royal Enfield bikes. Fill it lighter, over three quarters. And just pull up to the guy Karl: Assalamu Alaikum! Worker: Wa-alaikum-assalam! Take up the tank bag, put your key in… You can’t pump your own gas here in India. You just can’t. There’s always someone who’s gonna do it for you. Make sure the Karl: Hi! Full. Worker: Full? Yeah and you can tell them full. Just make sure he stops before the top there. And always make sure the meter starts at 0 where it says amount there. Alright we filled it to the top nearly. Never mind. Worker: Enough? Karl: Yes. That’s enough. Thank you! Worker: 800. Karl: 800. There’s a bathroom here? Worker: What? Karl: Is there a bathroom here? Worker: Yeah, of course! On the left at the back. So at the petrol stations, you can go bathroom. This has to be the petrol station with one of the most beautiful views ever. Wow! You can fill your air right over here. And then you can go bathroom washroom here. Do not expect a nice washroom though. It is gonna be extremely basic from in and just good to take a pee. Toilet review time. It’s okay. One thing I find really annoying at the petrol stations is you can’t buy like a drink or anything. You have to go and stop somewhere else to get it. Anyway. Come on. Let’s keep going. We’re gonna hit the highway in Srinagar now. This brings us to give way rule in India and they’re very simple. The bigger vehicle has the right of the way. Give way to anything bigger than you. Buses will not hesitate to run a red light and seeing you to heaven or hell. In the cities, buses rule and on the motorways, the truck drivers rule. And they probably won’t even see you because they have so many blind spots on these big trucks and eject up on whatever they take to stay awake so they can keep driving and earn more money. So always beep around trucks to let them know when you’re passing. You’re gonna be using your horn a lot in India. But when should you use it? It’s kind of four basic scenarios when I use my horn here; 1. When I’m passing somebody. 2. When I feel like someone is being a jerk, I don’t hesitate to kind of blast them and look at them as if what they’re doing. And this won’t result in road rage like it does in the West. 3. When you wish someone would go faster because they’re just going too slow or you just want them to get out of your way. 4. And when you think someone is gonna pull out in front of you. When you think someone’s gonna do some dangerous maneuver, let them know that you’re right there and they’re gonna come in your way. The weather plays a big part in motorcycle travel here as well. So you want to avoid hot weather by starting as early as possible in the morning. And it’s best to avoid night travel because it’s just more dangerous. You have less visibility on the road. And be extremely careful when it rains because the roads become very very slippery. And many bikes here don’t have abs and your front wheel is just gonna lock up if you brake too hard. It’s just gonna slide and you know, that results in you falling off your bike. If you’re gonna be conquering the big mountain passes, you’ve gotta prepare for ice as well. It’s extremely difficult to ride on. It’s essential to take breaks here in India because riding here is such hard work. I take a 15 minute break for tea and water every two hours. And I never ride longer than 8 hours in a day because being tired and riding is really really not a good combination. Okay guys. So one thing that is really important to do is stop every hour and eat something or just have a tea, just to keep you going. You don’t want to get tired. It’s really easy to get tired on these roads. You got to take a lot of breaks here. If you’re here in Jammu and Kashmir, these bakeries are the best place to eat. Let’s do it. This is a snack in India; samosa and you can get a can of thumbs-up which is basically like Coke or Pepsi here. But there’s heaps of variety and you’ll find roadside shacks or roadside restaurants along all the motorways everywhere. Now we’re stuck in some kind of traffic jam and the army are holding us up here. These guys are having a fight. Yes, definitely the army’s holding things up here. We’ll be through in a minute though. I managed to get this far without.. jst along the sides here. Pretty good. A guy has just told me that we have to turn back So you see everybody is turning back now. And now there’s an army envoy coming. So I don’t know what’s going on exactly but there’s no getting through here even though I’m just like 10 minutes away from where I need to be. Anyway, let’s do it. Something is definitely happening here. See the mayhem. It’s worse now. How is this guys? And we’re not even there yet. This is just another valley Man, this valley is stunning. It goes so far. Water down there. Beautiful! To be more visible on Indian roads, i even ride with my headlight on or my hazard lights on. Hazard lights have the advantage of being seen on the front and the back of your bike. And no one uses their indicators here in India. So don’t worry about those. And I don’t think I have to tell you this one because if you’re already here watching this video, you’re most likely a really responsible rider But wear the right gear and a good helmet. Good gear will easily protect you from small falls in India. And these falls do happen. I’ve made it to my destination and what a destination it is! Look at this valley. It’s stunning. So it takes a lot of kind of patience. You’ve got to be really upbeat and really positive when you travel here in India because so much happens. Like you saw on the ride today. I didn’t know all that stuff was gonna happen. I thought we’ll just, you know, make a little motor vlog to help you guys travel safely here. But anyway, go and check out my motorcycle playlist. There’s another video on Indian road rules. And then also how to hire a motorcycle here in India. Have an amazing trip. Have a safe trip and Long Live India!


100 Comments

ツSamurai · July 23, 2019 at 6:48 am

PewDiePie?

MS3300 · July 23, 2019 at 7:31 am

wow the landscape looks just like Switzerland!

amarnath k · July 23, 2019 at 7:37 am

Most important rule.. Your bike should have right side rear view mirror.

MS3300 · July 23, 2019 at 7:40 am

Now I see how good Western and Central European roads really are… No potholes, and very good drivers compared to this…

Sreejith V K · July 23, 2019 at 7:46 am

Karl, I am from down south, I drive here. I don't honk unless myself or someone is in danger. That means I don't honk when I am passing, usually when I approach a curve. I always give the right of way to pedestrians and other vehicles as per law. I don't claim people around me do that. I feel safe driving that way. If I were you I would not have driven on the shoulder of that road, not even a proper shoulder, you could get a flat tire and being a normal foriegner means further hassles and possibility of getting scammed to fix it. But I am with you on avoiding obstacles and watching the rule breakers on the roads. I am of the opinion that the arrogance of bus and truck drivers should be dealt by the law and this being a democracy, we the people need to respond to them.

Lavaisersrn · July 23, 2019 at 7:46 am

Sab badhiya bas content chutiya laga . Good job karl.

amit kumar · July 23, 2019 at 7:56 am

I'm impressed for your journey

peppa · July 23, 2019 at 8:55 am

U look a bit like PewDiePie

Ujwal Mokashi · July 23, 2019 at 9:54 am

If you are a foreigner, do follow the rules. Foreigners don’t have idea like Indians have on when to follow and when not to follow the rules. 😀
Post monsoon there are issues of potholes esp on the mountains. They are less likely on national highways.

AKASH LEENA · July 23, 2019 at 10:15 am

My mom drives motorcycle daily and me in the back just suffers due to potholes😂

Hinduatani Vijeta · July 23, 2019 at 10:20 am

Disliking just because in every frame you showed potholes . I just can't find so many potholes . SORRY BUT YOU ARE DOING THIS FOR VIEWS.

Mr. Doctorsab · July 23, 2019 at 11:07 am

Hi bro I was thinking will u fuck Manisha reply it if ur man

That_one_jeshua · July 23, 2019 at 11:29 am

I wonder why you're here in India and leaving your beautiful New Zealand .I'm planning my studies to get there and you

Ayush Dinesh · July 23, 2019 at 12:18 pm

Bhut hi achhe insaan hai aap m from India

Ankush Bhagat · July 23, 2019 at 12:29 pm

Welcome to our state of J&k Karl. Our state is the best .

Sarthak Dhir · July 23, 2019 at 12:42 pm

At the start of the video I thought he was in New-Zealand because of the surroundings but later when he told he was in India, I was surprised . Kashmir is really beautiful

Richard Marthanegara · July 23, 2019 at 1:17 pm

For real is that pewdiepie

shalini singh · July 23, 2019 at 1:48 pm

You did vlcc sunscreen advertisement 😀😀

ahmed ghare · July 23, 2019 at 3:43 pm

Lmao😂

ahmed ghare · July 23, 2019 at 3:44 pm

If you put any valuables on your bike, it'll be gone lmao. It's so fun to see a foreigner try our shitty roads😂, but here in new mumbai roads are beautiful.

Rex Waldron · July 23, 2019 at 3:47 pm

That scenery!!! Just amazing. Thumb Up – I love it – much prefer it to certain famous American brands 🙂

LoKx_Cyclone · July 23, 2019 at 3:56 pm

One way to tell if someone is from Sweden, if they look similar too pewdiepie, Sam works with new Zeland

Neeraj Deval · July 23, 2019 at 3:58 pm

M from jk and love u r there next time please update when u there. Do visit leh ladakh and even indo pak border also

aasif butt · July 23, 2019 at 4:09 pm

Its Indian occupied Kashmir, not India, so have better knowledge of the place where you are gouiding so many people, havnt you seen security forces everywhere?

creative AMAN · July 23, 2019 at 5:20 pm

Hay am indian

Kashif Sohail · July 23, 2019 at 5:51 pm

conditions are same like Pakistan.Though Pakistan has somehow good roads then these. Rest of the conditions are same.insane drivers are found in all over the world.

Kashif Sohail · July 23, 2019 at 5:57 pm

Jammu Kashmir is heaven on the earth.May Allah help Kashmiries in their effort.Ameen

Paumonsu · July 23, 2019 at 6:29 pm

Never going to that shithole

Rahul Krishnan · July 23, 2019 at 7:02 pm

Kashmiri Ladka Karl…..

Ajaz Mir · July 23, 2019 at 7:05 pm

How long are you planning to stay in kashmir KARL?

This is Alpha Leader · July 23, 2019 at 7:24 pm

india are very dangerous country… dont go ..

Jan Zocker · July 23, 2019 at 8:33 pm

Omg PewDiePie Indian Version

Alexander Vien · July 23, 2019 at 8:46 pm

Pewdipie brother 🤔

obeseburger101 · July 23, 2019 at 9:39 pm

Now I wanna live in India

I think this is a good name · July 23, 2019 at 11:02 pm

Dubai : live a luxury life
New York : live a normal life
India : try to survive

Mr. D · July 24, 2019 at 12:33 am

If you learn to drive in India you can drive plane 🤣

Faiz Afif · July 24, 2019 at 2:08 am

After watching most of your videos, i don't want go to india anymore lol

TheFriarHenderson · July 24, 2019 at 3:51 am

Bhaiya you are so right! Riding like an Indian is the only way to survive Indian roads. The crazy thing is it works. You never know what India is going to throw at you🤔😂. She got me a couple of times, but All is well😊

Manish Patiyal · July 24, 2019 at 5:00 am

You are completely Indianized Bro 😁

CR 7 · July 24, 2019 at 6:05 am

Karl u went to Jambu and kasmir but I haven’t been thre and I am indian 🤣

Instavk · July 24, 2019 at 6:34 am

Good one. Even i create travel videos .Do checkout my channel for the video. Subscribe if you like the content i create.

Jerry Goins - Novae Money YGM · July 24, 2019 at 7:04 am

💣💣💣💣 gave me some ideas for my channel!

Vinod Sharma · July 24, 2019 at 8:23 am

India can reach to moon and dig water there but can't fix the fucking roads in indan..

Shawn Pereira · July 24, 2019 at 8:31 am

Kashmir is better than Switzerland ❤️

GOKU'S PETS · July 24, 2019 at 8:44 am

jugaad is awesome

Smart 360 · July 24, 2019 at 10:10 am

You r great karl

Gwalior Madhya Pradesh · July 24, 2019 at 11:28 am

Itna acha toh hum bhi nahi chalate bhai

Vishnu Santhosh · July 24, 2019 at 12:56 pm

Where is your windscreen?

tdg_noa270 · July 24, 2019 at 2:01 pm

he looks like pewdiepie

Charls Darrius · July 24, 2019 at 2:50 pm

They have no disciplines

Pankaj Vlog Event · July 24, 2019 at 3:29 pm

Karl jee aap sasaram Bihar me come please

Prerna Naithani · July 24, 2019 at 8:49 pm

You’re more Indian than most Indians .✌️

Shadow HellRiser · July 24, 2019 at 10:24 pm

More motorbike vlogs please?

ATS · July 25, 2019 at 2:58 am

Brother have you read Shantaram???? Gregory Roberts ???? It's about a foreigner in India please check it out or even try to meet Gregory Roberts

JanikO · July 25, 2019 at 3:14 am

I like your videos about india.
But watching these videos makes me dont want to go there.
Scammers mostly

The Hacker tech · July 25, 2019 at 8:00 am

dude try to visit Bangalore,India.

NeeP Backup · July 25, 2019 at 8:51 am

Indians just don't know how to drive lol

Harsh Sahu · July 25, 2019 at 12:16 pm

I'm Indian, riding for years. Why am i watching this haha

Tripcore · July 25, 2019 at 1:50 pm

A county where no one obeys the law. Country of criminals?

Shubham Pokale · July 26, 2019 at 7:12 am

Karl is more INDIAN than most of the INDIANS.!

ABP Nation · July 26, 2019 at 7:22 am

You definitely gotta come to Jalandhar bro

SATAN 1 · July 26, 2019 at 11:09 am

You look like pewdiepie

Haris Chesti · July 26, 2019 at 11:39 am

This is not India,its Kashmir……..

Ball Around The World · July 27, 2019 at 2:36 am

Bald and bankrupt rides a wheelie while eating butter chicken on his motorcycle trips

Rohan Ron · July 27, 2019 at 9:57 am

you are doing a great job sir. you are trying to make India a better place.

Akshit Dadhwal · July 27, 2019 at 11:30 am

Ladakh should be part of Himachal Pradesh … Himachal is very similar to kashmir

astras18 95 · July 28, 2019 at 4:43 am

Love you karl from Saudi Arabia!

Adarsh Gawhade · July 28, 2019 at 8:19 pm

Bike mast hai

Balkan Interviewer · July 28, 2019 at 10:01 pm

Are you brother or father of pewdiepie

Bijay Kumar Behera · July 30, 2019 at 6:05 am

there are a few motor rules that differ in Jammu and Kashmir, Its advised not to use high beams at Night if you are travelling to a places which has Indian Army posts in between, to the rest of the Indian states as per law you are allowed to use high beams only in national highways but neither the police enforces it nor the people follow it, but in J&K its different, So if you are driving at night keep that in mind, because in case of Indian Army they go as per the book and you cant bribe them out.

captain skeptical · July 31, 2019 at 8:33 am

just don't go in that shithole india, people.

Hei lee · August 1, 2019 at 4:41 am

If you can ride/drive in India
Then you'll have no problem driving or riding in other countries

Hackrus T · August 1, 2019 at 12:36 pm

i am from kashmir and i really like the way you blog. And please do tell the people that it is completely safe to visit kashmir

Jonathan Ralte · August 3, 2019 at 10:52 am

You should go for a ride in the outskirt of Aizawl. You will love it. It was a pleasure for me seeing you visit Mizoram. You should have gone for a ride. 😊

Homeless Alien · August 3, 2019 at 11:09 am

so cooooooooooool

Moiz · August 5, 2019 at 12:09 am

Just a Kiwi indian watching your videos from Auckland 😁

Harish Gopi · August 6, 2019 at 5:18 am

I have got hit by a bus while I was on a bike I was lucky I didn't die although my elbow fractured right leg was injured driving in India is hard but hey if you learn it here you could ride anyplace in the world

shaikh ibrahim · August 6, 2019 at 7:03 pm

Not 50% bro its more like 80%

Cyclone driver · August 7, 2019 at 2:19 am

All most every Indian 🇮🇳👳follows the leane rule sir

roblox destroyer · August 7, 2019 at 8:04 am

Pewdipie brother😂😂

roblox destroyer · August 7, 2019 at 8:05 am

You are pewdipie omg i mean brother xd

nikhil bhardwaj · August 9, 2019 at 11:06 am

I am citizen of India. And when you say "I use horn for 4 purposes. 1st….2nd…3rd…4th…" I realized I never noticed those things. I just knew this. But still it's amzing to see from your perspective. Your vlogs put smile on my face.
Do you or anyone who's reading this comment know about similar channel for UK and US? I'm writing a novel. So I'll need basic things of those countries, just like What can a "blow horn" do in India.
Please reply if you know.

And Subscribed.

Badshah e Delhi sultanat · August 9, 2019 at 10:29 pm

Such a beautiful place and look at what india is doing there

Perry Froze · August 10, 2019 at 9:29 pm

Motorbikes are too deadly.

OnceThereWasAPageWithAReallyLongAssNameAndNowYouAreLookingAtAChannelWithAReallyLongName! · August 13, 2019 at 7:09 am

Petrol scams?

Sambalpuri Maja · August 13, 2019 at 10:09 am

Are u pewdipie

Techno Smart · August 14, 2019 at 2:18 pm

Jammo and kashmir isn't a part or state of india.. Its a disputed territory.. India has occupied it with force i.e army and as a result the kashimiri people are fighting for their freedom

Socks4 Lif3 · August 20, 2019 at 7:21 pm

So the biggest thing I get from Karl’s videos is that India is basically a shit hole🤷‍♂️

Alwin Benjamin · August 27, 2019 at 1:16 pm

Thank you 💯👏

Harjot Singh · August 31, 2019 at 10:05 am

Hahahaha , excellent way of putting it , Indians use sonar's and not mirrors !!!

LIFE CHANNEL · September 3, 2019 at 3:40 pm

Kis kisko ye Pew di pie laga pahli najar me. Hit like

Siddharth Rajvanshi · September 4, 2019 at 5:37 am

There's no reason why some people are on your side of the road. 😂😂😂😂😂😂

SANDIPKUMAR ROYADHIKARI · September 13, 2019 at 5:19 am

Have u visited Gurez ?

Bibus Subba · September 14, 2019 at 8:49 am

And yeah always ride a Royal Enfield Motorcycle

N Jit · September 18, 2019 at 9:08 pm

Come to Assam

Rayan raha · October 3, 2019 at 5:10 pm

Come to my home

Suresh Fernando · October 21, 2019 at 11:39 pm

A video with all the useful details. Can we ride motorcycles on Indian expressways ?. Thank you.

Michael Supple · November 2, 2019 at 8:59 pm

Travel is not all glamor. It was nice to see the realities of traveling. Great fun to watch. Thanks for posting.

Assasin Fortnite · November 12, 2019 at 5:39 am

Hey Karl☺️How r you buddy??

s d · November 19, 2019 at 4:24 pm

The best thing about India is its people

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