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
This page is intended as an introduction to the basics of
Motorcycle Touring, with some useful information on things that you may
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
Luggage, which includes some helpful tips about what to take and
how to pack.
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.
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.
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.
If your bike is stolen, contact the local police
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
If your documents are stolen, contact the local police