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It should be no surprise that on our southern India tours we encounter some very hot weather. But that's not the whole story. Down by the coast the temperatures can be in the high thirties, but things are much cooler in the mountains in which we spend much of these trips. Thus it is a good idea to bring riding kit that can cope with not only the heat, but can be adapted to the cooler mountains and can cope with the outside chance of rain.

Helmet

Compulsory on tour. As it's difficult to find headgear of a similar quality to that found at home, please bring a well-fitted helmet with you. If buying a new 'lid' specifically for your tour, then consider one with a venting system. If an open-faced helmet is your preference then one with a drop-down visor is ideal. If bringing a basic open-face, remember to bring some eye protection, including clear lenses for low light conditions. Also good for these tours, with a good blend of face-protection and ventilation is an enduro-style helmet. A decent full-face helmet is also perfectly adequate for these tours, but you will appreciate any venting.

Gloves

Vented summer gloves are the best bet to beat sweaty digits, but you may get cold hands up high or if it rains. Summer-style, waterproof gloves are ideal for all-round use and will be good in the mountains, but may be a little warm at the coast.

Jacket

A traditional leather bike jacket will be a little hot and will require you to bring a waterproof over-jacket, or an over-suit. Although armoured textile jackets are generally better than leather, especially those with venting and breathable waterproof linings, another tack is to wear a light, vented, armoured jacket and carry a wind/waterproof over-jacket. This way you can stay reasonably cool, but add a windproof layer for instant warmth.

Trousers

As with jackets, armoured textile trousers are probably the way to go, but waterproof ones tend to be very hot, so better go for a cool pair and carry waterproof over-trousers for chilly days. Likewise, either well-vented mesh trousers or protective jeans are ideal when mated to over-trousers.

Boots

Sturdy boots, covering the ankle, are a minimum requirement. We would recommend, though, that you wear 'proper' bike boots with shin protection. Touring-type boots fit the bill well, as do race boots.

Other clothing & kit

The list below isn't everything you might need to bring on one of our tours (some undercrackers might also be nice), but highlights things that are best not forgotten. Some of these items (insect repellent, hats, etc) can be bought cheaply in India, but as there may not be the time to nip to the shops on the first day, it's as well to bring them from home.

  • A snood is great for keeping dust out of the nose, for added warmth when needed and can even be worn as a hat to keep the sun off, or warmth in
  • Sunglasses with UV protection are important.
  • Bring cool, thin socks
  • Sandals are great for off-bike footwear, but also bring trainers or light walking boots if you intend to trek
  • If you have a weak back, a kidney-belt may be helpful
  • A fleece is good for both cool evenings and for under-jacket warmth
  • Day bag sufficient to carry a water bottle and rain suit, or tank-bag
  • A money belt, or waist-pack in which to carry valuables documents and International Driving Licence
  • A sun hat, especially if you're bald!
  • Very strong bungees or cargo net in case you tire of the day bag or need to carry that bit extra
  • Basic first aid kit: a few plasters and antiseptic cream (we carry a very comprehensive medical kit)
  • Any regular medication you need
  • Spectacles: bring spares, or your prescription with you
  • Swimming Cossie
  • Insect Repellent only ones with DEET content are reliable
  • Sun Block and plenty of it
  • Lip Salve with UV block
  • Torch/Head-torch
  • Penknife/Multi-tool
  • Alarm whether on phone or not
  • Watch for telling the time, so you're not late
  • Gin for sharing with staff

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