Motorcycles are everywhere in India. They are inexpensive and can weave through the busy and chaotic traffic in Indian cities.
Indian Motorcycle Customized for Delivery
In this blog, I’ll discuss the use of motorcycles in India and also share some of my favorite and somewhat comical and scary photographs of motorcycles being overloaded in India. Click on the images in the blog to see a larger version of the photographs.
Motorcycles are more than just basic single or dual person transportation in India; they are frequently overloaded. Motorcycles can serve as the Indian version of the mini van as they transport entire families.
Family on a Motorcycle Dressed for the Mosque
Motorcycles are also used as delivery trucks carrying and delivering goods and products. Some motorcycles are customized by adding hooks, bars, and boxes so they can carry additional supplies.
In other cases, the goods are tied to the motorcycle with ropes or just carried by a passenger. It’s hard to image how the driver can keep their balance while carrying these large loads.
Milk and Rice Delivery
In some cases, this is the family’s only transportation. Motorcycles provide inexpensive transportation for the family. But, it is also a bit frightening to see children and entire families riding on a motorcycle in the chaotic Indian traffic.
Rajasthani Family Navigating the Traffic on a Motorcycle
So what is the answer to the question, how much can you can on a motorcycle (in India)?
Furniture Delivery on a Motorcycle, No Problem
While I don’t have a definitive answer, the photographs in this blog show that a surprising large amount of goods and people can be carried on a motorcycle. It is a lot more than I ever imagined before visiting India.
Not Exactly a Motorcycle, But 5 People on a Scooter?
Hauling Potatoes on a Motorcycle
Motorcycle Milk Delivery
Written by Martin Belan