Motorcycle Touring Destination Info

Kyrgyzstan

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Capital City

Bishkek

Population

~ 7,050,000

Land Area

199,950 m2

Official Language(s)

Kyrgyz; Uzbek; Russian; Dungan; Uyghur; others

Currency

Kyrgyzstani Som (KGS)

Driving Side

right

Climate

dry continental to polar in high Tien Shan Mountains; sub tropical in the southwest (fergana Valley); temperate in the northern foothill zone

Kyrgyzstan Fact File

Kyrgyzstan is a high altitude country with its capital Bishkek at around 800m and the mean average height of topography at around 2,000m. It is nothing to have to ride through passes at 4 or 5,000m so be prepared and have a range of clothing (layers) to deal with the situation. There are vast open expanses where the tundra rolls on forever on which you will drive dirt or sandy off road trails all with a back drop of stunning mountain peaks.

On top of this, you have the chance to experience the nomadic way of life by staying in a yurt camp, viewing traditional games and hunting practises. A large loop tour will start in Ala-Too square in Bishkek and get you high into the hills then, skirt along the shores of lake Issyk Kul (the second largest mountain lake in the world). If you have time to be able to take in the Fergana Valley.

Kyrgyzstan FAQ

Most people can enter Kyrgyzstan without a formal visa for at least 30 days. Visas are available on arrival for some nationalities and e-visas are available for people from all countries. You can find out more here: Kyrgyzstan Visa Requirements.
Kyrgyzstan has signed both the 1949 and 1968 Convention on International Driving Permits. Therefore, you can use either.
You do not need to show any proof of a Covid vaccination if you wish to enter Kyrgyzstan.
Due to Kyrgyzstan being at high altitude, most of the country is above 1,000m, it is quite cold and has a long Winter. The Summer months are when the snow has melted and and the high passes are open and navigable. You can ride at any time from June to early October, but July and August are the most comfortable times. Needless to say, you need to book well in advance to secure these dates.
It is one of the safest countries in the world with very little crime. However, it always pays to be alert and not walk alone late in the evening as in any other country. Always beware in bazaars as they can be infested with pickpockets.
The only issue that should concern you is being at altitude. Kyrgyzstan is a mountainous country with an average height above sea level of around 2000m. You will ride on passes that are higher than this and so you should be aware of what it feels like to be a little out of breath. You may need to consult a doctor before booking your trip.
Try to bring as much as possible. We will advise you on the weather conditions when you book your tour/rental and this will inform you as to what you should bring. Nearly all items are available here but the supply is sporadic and sizes tend to be more for the Asian market. Bring your helmet, jacket, riding pants, boots, gloves and waterproofs as these are essential and size dependant. We can provide a limited range of gear and sizes so it is best to discuss this with us in advance as we cannot guarantee to have what you need. There is NO NEED to bring bungees, waterproof bags, phone holders etc… unless you really wish to.
There are no bans on the import and use of drones in the country other than the usual ones of not using them around airports and areas of national security. The maximum weight of a drone should not exceed 10kg and you should fly no higher than 100m above ground level. However, bear in mind that due to the nature of our tour, riding long distances, you may not get much chance to use it.
If you take a prescription medication, you should bring enough for your trip. Most over the counter medications can be easily found but they are often under different names.
Rentals of quality motorbikes for touring range from 80 to 120 usd per day depending on the type of bike and the duration of the rental. We have a range of bikes available here.
Kyrgyzstan is not the easiest country to be vegetarian in due to the predominantly carnivorous nature of the diet and there being a lot of meat and bread. However, many restaurants and hotels are happy to remove meat from dishes and there are many vegetables and fruits available. If you are sourcing fruit and vegetables yourself be careful to wash them thoroughly. It would be wise to bring a few snacks just in case.
Yes, Internet is quite cheap in the country. The more populated cities and tourist spots will have good access. Many guest houses and cafes will have free wifi available. However, once on tour you will find there is little access to Internet or Wifi.
Homestays often offer a separate bed for guests and this will have either beds, or mattresses on the floor and there will be blankets and towels. The toilets are often outside and may be western style or squat, so prepare. You will be given breakfast in a homestay and you can also order lunch and dinner if you wish. Yurts usually do not beds but have a thick mattress on the floor. They will be for 4 – 5 people depending on the size. The toilets are outdoors and are usually not western. There will not be hot water or electricity unless they are close to a town and then only occasionally. If the yurt is at altitude it will usually have a small stove for heating and this may be left on all night.

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R.E. Himalayan 400

Royal Enfield Himalayan 400 motorcycle rental
Royal Enfield’s first adventure bike: the Himalayan is a reliable, capable all-rounder.

Engine Type

air-cooled, single cylinder, SOHC, 4-stroke

Displacement

411 cc

Bore X Stroke

78 mm x 86 mm

Ignition

Digital Electronic Ignition

Fuel System

fuel injection

Compression Ratio

9.5:1

Starter

electric

Gearbox

5-speed

Front Suspension

telescopic, 41 mm forks, 200 mm travel

Rear Suspension

monoshock, 180 mm travel

Front Brakes

disc

Rear Brakes

disc

Front Tyres

90/90-21

Rear Tyres

120/90-17

Wheelbase

1465 mm

Seat Height

800 mm

Ground Clearance

220 mm

Kerb Weight

199 kg

Fuel Capacity

15 litres

Dimensions

2190 mm (L) x 840 mm (W) x 1370 mm (H)

Honda CRF 300

Honda CRF 300 motorcycle rental
The perfect balance between size, weight, power and handling.

Engine Type

single cylinder, DOHC, Liquid cooled

Displacement

286 cc

Bore X Stroke

76 mm x 63 mm

Ignition

Full Transistor Digital

Fuel System

PGM-FI electronic fuel injection

Compression Ratio

10.7:1

Starter

electric

Gearbox

5-speed

Front Suspension

43 mm Telescopic upside down

Rear Suspension

Prolink Mono with 5 stage pre load adjuster

Front Brakes

256 mm disc, 2 piston caliper

Rear Brakes

220 mm disc, single piston caliper

Front Tyres

80/100 21

Rear Tyres

120/80 18

Wheelbase

1455 mm

Seat Height

880 mm

Ground Clearance

285 mm

Kerb Weight

142 kg

Fuel Capacity

7.8 litres

Dimensions

2230 mm (L) x 820 mm (W) x 1200 mm (H)

Honda CRF 250

Honda CRF 250 motorcycle rental
Replaced in 2021 by the CRF 300, this bike remains a great choice for thrill seekers.

Engine Type

liquid cooled, single cylinder, 4-stroke

Displacement

249 cc

Bore X Stroke

79 mm x 50.9 mm

Ignition

computer-controlled digital transistorized with electronic advance

Fuel System

PGM-FI

Compression Ratio

13.9:1

Starter

electric

Gearbox

5-speed

Front Suspension

49 mm leading-axle inverted, 12.2-inch travel

Rear Suspension

single shock with spring preload; 12.3-inch travel

Front Brakes

single 260 mm disc

Rear Brakes

single 240 mm disc

Front Tyres

80/100 21

Rear Tyres

100 / 90 19

Wheelbase

1445 mm

Seat Height

875 mm

Ground Clearance

333 mm

Kerb Weight

145 kg

Fuel Capacity

7.7 litres

Dimensions

2,195 mm (L) x 815 mm (W) x 1,195 mm (H)

Honda XR 150

Honda XR 150 motorcycle rental
Inexpensive, comfortable and reliable, yet surprisingly capable off-road.

Engine Type

air cooled, OHC, single cylinder

Displacement

149 cc

Bore X Stroke

57.3 mm x 57.8 mm

Ignition

CDI

Fuel System

20 mm piston valve carburettor

Compression Ratio

9.5:1

Starter

electric with kick starter backup

Gearbox

5-speed

Front Suspension

telescopic fork, 180 mm axle travel

Rear Suspension

single shock swing arm, 150 mm axle travel

Front Brakes

dual piston caliper, 240 mm disc

Rear Brakes

mechanical drum

Front Tyres

90/90 19

Rear Tyres

110/90 17

Wheelbase

1362 mm

Seat Height

825 mm

Ground Clearance

243 mm

Kerb Weight

129 kg

Fuel Capacity

12 litres

Dimensions

2091 mm (L) x 811 mm (W) x 1125 mm (H)

R.E. Classic 350

Royal Enfield Classic 350 motorcycle rental
Wide handlebars and upright seating position, with classic styling.

Engine Type

4 stroke, air-cooled, single cylinder, SOHC

Displacement

349 cc

Bore X Stroke

72 mm x 85.8 mm

Ignition

Digital Electronic Ignition

Fuel System

fuel injection

Compression Ratio

9.5:1

Starter

electric

Gearbox

5-speed

Front Suspension

telescopic, 41 mm forks, 130 mm travel

Rear Suspension

twin tube emulsion shock, 6-step preload

Front Brakes

disc, 300 mm

Rear Brakes

disc, 270 mm

Front Tyres

100/90-19

Rear Tyres

120/80-18

Wheelbase

1465 mm

Seat Height

805 mm

Ground Clearance

170 mm

Kerb Weight

195 kg

Fuel Capacity

13 litres

Dimensions

2145 (L) x 785 (W) x 1090 (H)

Honda XR 250

Honda XR 250 motorcycle rental
One of Honda’s older dual sport offerings, replaced in 2004 by the CRF 250.

Engine Type

Four Stroke, air cooled, SOHC, single cylinder

Displacement

249 cc

Bore X Stroke

73 mm x 59 mm

Ignition

CDI

Fuel System

32 mm Keihin carburettor

Compression Ratio

10.2:1

Starter

electric with kick starter backup

Gearbox

6-speed

Front Suspension

41mm telescopic, air assisted fork

Rear Suspension

Pro Link adjustable

Front Brakes

dual piston caliper, 240 mm disc

Rear Brakes

single piston caliper, 220 mm disc

Front Tyres

80/100 21

Rear Tyres

100/100 18

Wheelbase

1400 mm

Seat Height

920 mm

Ground Clearance

315 mm

Kerb Weight

104 kg

Fuel Capacity

9 litres

Dimensions

2110 mm (L) x 830 mm (W) x 1215 mm (H)