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 Touring Advice

If you haven't yet taken advantage of your two wheels and gone further than a tank-full away from home, you may be looking to have a holiday or short break away.

Ideally, take a short break as your first trip away. You WILL learn useful  tips by doing this. No matter what people tell you, you'll soon make up your own mind as to what you really need.

This page is intended as an introduction to the basics of Motorcycle Touring, with some useful information on things that you may need.

We offer specific information and advice for touring in many European counties, please visit our European Advice pages for information specific to Europe.

Please also see our information about Motorcycle Luggage, which includes some helpful tips about what to take and how to pack.

 Before you set off

IF you are using a tank bag, fill up your bike BEFORE you start loading up - It makes life easier.

Check your tyre pressures. Check your lights and horn. Checking your oil and tyre tread are also advised.

If you are going away for more than a week, or intend on putting several miles on your bike, you may want to check your bike in for a quick service. It may be worth your while making a note of a dealer or mechanic close to your destination. This can help if you need any forgotten equipment or if you have any issues during your stay.

Check the legal requirements for travel to your destination, for both YOU and your bike. Some countries have regulations in regards to what you are wearing, and what you must carry to be a lawful biker. On the spot fines are very common.

If your bike is full loaded take the first few miles very carefully to get a feel for the new weight on your bike, test your brakes before your leave your own street.
 

 What to prepare for

Hopefully your trip will go without a hitch, but you'll find if something does occur that you'll be better equipped if you have prepared for problems before you left home.

Accidents

Hopefully this wont happen. But make sure you have the emergency service number for the country you are travelling in. In most European countries the police must be notified of any traffic accident.

Bike Problems

We advise that you give your bike the once over before you travel.

Before you leave; look up the nearest dealer or service centre to your final destination. If your trip is covering several countries, ensure you have a contact for each country of travel - it'll save on complications if anything should happen en-route. You can't always rely on internet or mobile services to look these things up at the time.

If you are going to need work doing during your trip; for example new tyres, do the leg work before you go.
Contact the dealer at your destination to ensure they can get the tyres in stock BEFORE you travel, paying for these in advance will guarantee the best rates.

Your manufacturers website should be able to inform you of the nearest dealer at your destination.

Breakdown and recovery cover.

Check that your car recovery covers your bike, if it doesn't then get separate cover for your bike BEFORE you set off. If you are travelling overseas, check you are covered for travel outside of your own!

Ensure they will recover you from an accident, and NOT JUST a breakdown.

Bike Insurance & Tax. (UK Residents)

Don't go anywhere without valid insurance. Check your insurance and TAX are not going to expire whilst you are on your break.

In some countries you are required to carry your insurance certificate. In some countries you will be required to pay a special tax or toll for travel on highways.

Your bike insurance may not automatically cover you for driving in a foreign country.

Spare Keys.

Get a spare ignition key cut and dig out the spare keys for all your bike locks. Always carry a spare set. If travelling in a group, swap keys with a trusted friend or give a spare set to your pillion passenger.

Emergency Contact List.

Prepare an emergency list, and keep it separate from your passports and documents. Heaven help if you lose any of your documents or mobile phone on any trip, but having a paper copy means you won't lose your contacts.

Keep on it any contact phone numbers and addresses that you may need (even if you have them on your mobile phone), or may want people to use in the case of an emergency.

Bike Theft

If your bike is stolen, contact the local police station immediately.

We advise at the minimum you take a disc lock. We also would recommend a chain if you are leaving your motorcycle in any public place.

Document Theft

If your documents are stolen, contact the local police station immediately. 


 

 


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