Motorcycle Touring Destination Info

Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka flag

Capital City

Kotte

Population

~ 22,000,000

Land Area

65,610 m2

Official Language(s)

Sinhala; Tamil

Currency

Sri Lankan Rupee (LKR)

Driving Side

left

Climate

tropical monsoon; northeast monsoon (Dec to March); southwest ( June to October)

Sri Lanka Fact File

Sri Lanka is extremely diverse for such a small island, with an abundance of beach resorts dotted around the coastline and a central highland area riddled with forest trails and mountain views. This little gem is a pleasure for riders to visit as, along with its geographical diversity, the cultural diversity due to its historic past make for both a thrilling and interesting place to spend a vacation. Most riders will take a route that fits in both the beach sites of places such as Negombo, Hikaduwa and Galle as well as the hill station towns of Kandy, Nuwara Eliya and Ella.

Whether it be driving through the Knuckles mountain range, visiting Yala National Park or chilling on the beach of Trincomalee a visit to Sri Lanka offers a great deal for everyone.

Sri Lanka FAQ

Yes, you do. However, it is quite easy to get an E-Visa online for a cost of around 20usd. This website will help you: https://eta.gov.lk/slvisa/visainfo/fees.jsp#profee
Sri Lanka has signed both the 1949 Convention on International Driving Permits. Therefore, you need to have the 1949 version.
You do not need any proof of vaccination against COVID to enter Sri Lanka.
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.
Yes, there is a very low risk of contracting Malaria in Sri Lanka. Medical professionals advise against taking anti-malarials and advocate covering the body with clothing and not leaving areas of skin exposed. More of a risk is Dengue fever and this risk peaks in July / August. Our best advice is to cover up and use a quality mosquito repellent.
Yes, tipping is quite normal in Sri Lanka. Generally, around a 10% tip is seen as acceptable when standards are met and higher if they are exceeded. There is no obligation to tip, especially if service or quality is not as expected. Porters, drivers, maids, wait staff, and bar staff are all the kinds of people who you would normally tip. How much you tip is not clearly defined (10% seems normal) and is your own choice.
You can easily rent a motorbike in major cities, at tourist hotspots and also from the hotel you stay in. They will ask for a passport as deposit and the charge is usually between 5 – 10usd per day for a small scooter. Larger CC bikes are sometimes available and can range from 15 – 50 usd per day. We have a list of quality motorbikes that are available for rent from our tour partners.
No, there are many vegetarian dishes in Sri Lanka and quite a lot that are vegan, even though, veganism is not really a thing there.
Generally, Sri Lanka is a very safe country and most visitors do not have any problems. Violent acts against tourists are rare and it is more likely that tourists will be victims of sneak thievery such as pickpocketing or other opportunistic crimes. You should pay attention to your belongings and also attempt to find out the correct prices for goods and services before purchasing. Prices are rarely labelled and can seem to be conjured out of thin air. The general road traffic is far more dangerous for newcomers and your first days should be ones that you take great care. Equally, it is important not to let your guard down and become complacent.
Sri Lanka has 3 plug socket types in use. These are: type D, G and M. Type D has three round pins, Type G has three flat but fat pins; the same as is used int he UK. Type M has three round pins but they are fatter than the Type D. You should bring one multi adapter at least. Adapters are usually easy to find here and quite cheap.
Singhala and Tamil are the two main languages spoken in Sri Lanka. There are also a number of ethnic languages spoken by the tribal people.
Of course, it is fun and appreciated if you can use a few words on your trip, however, it is hard to know who speaks Sinhalese and who speaks Tamil. Therefore, we suggest using English as it is quite widely spoken and your local guide can help with translation if needed.
Most people will tell you that you can visit Sri Lanka at any time and that there are two distinct monsoon seasons: North and South, so it is easy to avoid the rain. However, we would disagree slightly and say that it is best to visit the Southwest between Nov – April and the Northeast from February to September. In general, if you are comfortable with warm rain, visiting at any time is possible.

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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)