How & Where to Rent a Bike in Manali?

by Vargis.Khan

To rent a bike in Manali is a great choice for people who want to visit the areas in and near Manali; and also for people who are traveling towards other destinations like Spiti and Ladakh. Even though Manali is one of the most favorite hill stations of our country, moving around here locally can really become a problem. There is not much of public transport available and hiring a private taxi is not really a budget options. In this case, renting a bike can really be a continent and cost effective way to manage your visit.

And it is not just about visiting Manali locally. Manali lies at a center point for a trip to both Ladakh and Spiti. These places are commonly referred to as a “Biker’s paradise”. Thousands of people travel each year to live their dream of riding a bike across the rough terrains of Ladakh and Spiti. For people living in northern part of the county, this can be comparatively easier as they live close enough; but for people coming from far away states, getting their own motorcycles can be a bit challenging. In this case, the only option is to rent a bike in Manali or Shimla and ride on.

There are several bike rentals available in Manali. Go looking for one and you will have an endless list of rental companies, travel agencies and even mechanics offering motorcycles on rent. Where to rent from then really becomes a confusing question. Daily rental of course is one of the foremost things you will have to consider but a more important one is the reliability of the motorcycle. A bike that you rented for a cheaper price may not be the optimum choice if it ditches you in the middle of nowhere.

Make no mistake, every bike you find out there available for rent will be washed and shining bright. The outer appearance however does not give away the true picture. These motorcycles mostly are poorly handled by multiple users; and not very well maintained by the agency. Some of the common problems will include low pick up, bad mileage and breakdowns. Finding one of these rented motorcycles struggling to climb up an ascent is not really an uncommon sight. An even more serious problem will be if the bike stalls in the middle of nowhere with not even a single soul in sight.

Rent a Bike in Manali

In this case then, it becomes really important that you rent a motorcycle from a reliable source. Mentioned below is a rental agency in Manali that I have personally rented motorcycles from and have also recommended it several other people. My own experience with them was really great and the feedback provided by others too was quite good.

Road Kings Rider
Address: Near Chaitali Hotel, Gompa Road, Manali
Phone: 93186 46559, 98168 77113, 9318157948
Contact Person: Parvez Khan

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Bikes Available on Rent

They have almost all the motorcycles that are commonly rented in Manali, Ladakh and Spiti. Royal Enfield of course is the hot favorite with its bigger engine and affordable rent. If you wish to get smaller engine motorcycle like Pulsar, KTM etc than that too can be arranged. If you would like to get a automatic scooter to move around in Manali, it is available for rent as well.

Daily Rental

These guys will offer you a great deal in terms of the daily rentals. Please see the rental information mentioned below.

  • Royal Enfield 350CC – Rs. 1000 per day
  • Royal Enfield 500CC – Rs. 1,200 per day
  • RE Thunderbird 350CC – Rs. 1,100 per day
  • RE Himalayan – Rs. 1,200 Per Day
  • Bajan Avenger – Rs. 800 per Day
  • KTM 200 CC – Rs. 900 per Day
  • Other Bikes like Pulsar or Automatic Scooters – Rs. 700 per Day

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Feedback

I have rented bikes from them a couple of times and then suggested them to a few friends of mine. All the bikes that were given for rent were quite well maintained and never gave any problem. My friends took the motorcycles to Leh and Spiti both and never along the route did any of the bikes caused any trouble. If required, they can also help you with keeping your permit for Rohtang arranged if you rented from them. Luggage carrier, riding gear etc can also be arranged at a nominal charge.

An overall customer service experience too was great. They are very humble and even if you booked a bike in advance, you will still have the choice of taking a test ride to your satisfaction before you finalize it. I would highly recommend Road Kings Rider to anyone who wants to rent a bike in Manali.

Also read: How and Where to rent a Bike for Ladakh Trip?

Conclusion

I hope the information above was of help. If you have any further questions, please feel free to ask in the comments section below; or at our Community Forum; and I will be glad to answer.

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27 comments

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Ajmal.ka April 6, 2020 - 6:36 am

Is One way rental is available in Road kings rider ?

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Shreyas March 13, 2020 - 3:05 am

Hi Vargis,

We are just planning to visit manali and leh.
So is it possible to Rent a bike in manali and roam/Explore leh ??

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Vargis.Khan March 13, 2020 - 9:43 am

No. Bike rented from Manali will not be allowed for sightseeing in Ladakh. You can only use it to reach Leh and then will have to rent another bike there.

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Lohit December 28, 2019 - 4:33 pm

Hi,
I want to visit on 19 to 23 February 2020 to Manali with my wife.
At this time, Can I took a Bike on rent for Manali tour?
Or Due to the whether condition is it safe to ride a bike over there?

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Vargis.Khan December 29, 2019 - 7:34 pm

Yes you can but it will be terribly cold

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Vivek verma December 3, 2019 - 2:48 pm

Sir what action will you take if your staff misbehave a couple ( Even when found guilty).
And further talk with abusive tone.
This time it happened with me next it may be happen with anyone.
Totally spoiled my manali trip.

I am waiting for your reply.

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Vargis.Khan December 3, 2019 - 8:32 pm

My staff? I do not have any staff Vivek Bhai.

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Jeet April 8, 2019 - 8:02 am

Hi Brother, I am planning to go to Rohtang Pass with my wife on Bike. Is it Risky to go on bike . Please Suggest ?

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Vargis.Khan April 8, 2019 - 12:55 pm

As long as you have some decent enough motorcycle riding experience, it is safe to go.

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Sarath Jayaprakash February 6, 2019 - 1:28 pm

Hi. First of all thank you for this page. You did an awesome job. Coming to my doubts, I’m planning bike trip from Shimla to Kaza on mid April. I wanna rent a bike from Shimla. Can you suggest a place. And is it possible to pick the bike from Shimla and drop it in Kaza and come back by bus or something? Does someone so that?

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Vargis.Khan February 7, 2019 - 1:41 am

Thank you. Some rental agencies do provide that option but will charge you about 10 to 15k over and above, just for leaving the motorcycle in Kaza. I am sorry but I do not have a rental contact in Shimla as such

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Harshal Thakare November 28, 2018 - 8:41 pm

Are roads bike drivable around christmas time? We are 2 couples have planned this christmas. For local sight seeing is bike advisable?

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Vargis.Khan November 29, 2018 - 1:59 am

It should be unless there is fresh snow on the road which may make things a bit slippery.

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Gaurav Kumar November 3, 2018 - 5:11 am

HI Vargis,
Me and my friends are planning to visit Manali in first week of December. We also plan to go to Rohtang Pass for a day’s ride. Will Road Kings Rider be able to provide Bike and all Safety gears for 3 people. If not, Please suggest other rental services.
Thank You.

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Vargis.Khan November 3, 2018 - 2:49 pm

Rohtang Pass is already closed Gaurav. You won’t be able to go there in December.

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Mitesh October 22, 2018 - 10:16 pm

Hi vargis
We r planning to go Manali on this 8th November .
I have to dream to go rohtang on bike.
I m with my wife n 5yr old child so it’s that safe n possible to go on bike???

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Vargis.Khan October 23, 2018 - 1:38 am

I wouldn’t recommend it Mitesh with your wife and a child on the same bike. Too uncomfortable to navigate the sharp turns and it is already very cold .

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RAHUL RANA August 28, 2018 - 8:38 am

Is it possible to get a rented bike in Manali & can leave that bike at Shimla after taking a route from Manali to Shimla via Kaza? Is any rented bike provider operates in both these cities and can do this?

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Vargis.Khan August 28, 2018 - 12:12 pm

You can but then they will charge you about 10-15k extra for this

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Goutam July 8, 2018 - 3:10 pm

Hello vargis..
We r planing for Spiti in end of august.. I want to rent bike from Chandigarh can u know best bike rent provider?

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Vargis.Khan July 8, 2018 - 8:56 pm

Hi Goutam – Sorry I really do not know any rental guy in Chandigarh.

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Bhanutej K June 4, 2018 - 9:20 am

Hi vargis,

we planning for manali-leh trip on bike..in October 1st week. Is the “Road King Riders” will provide any rental services on Gears and accessories like jackets, gloves, keen pads etc., If not, can you suggest any other agencies are there in manali will provide these contents.

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Vargis.Khan July 8, 2018 - 9:09 pm

Hi Bhanutej – Sorry I missed replying to your comment. Please let me know if you still need this information.

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Shubham Bhardwaj May 13, 2018 - 4:07 am

Hi, Do you have any reference to rent a bike in Shimla. I am planning to go KAZA via Shimla from 18th May onwards. Still thinking should i go by Bus (long duration) or Bike (what if the bike just stops somewhere in b/w).

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Vargis.Khan May 13, 2018 - 5:07 am

That is a risk you will have to take if you want to go by bike. Bus is definitely a safer option that way. I am sorry but I do not have any contacts in Shimla with bike rentals.

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Praveen Gupta April 23, 2018 - 3:18 pm

Hi Vargis,
The website is incorrect it seems.

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Vargis.Khan April 23, 2018 - 4:47 pm

Hi Praveen – Just give Parvez a call at the mentioned number. I am not sure why their website is not working.

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