As a motorcycle lover, one of the greatest pleasures in life is being able to take your motorcycle abroad. The feeling of being away from it all and having the opportunity to explore new territory is great, and planning the trip - the route, the roads and the places that you want to visit is one of the best parts of the experience.
If you are considering taking your bike for a jaunt around Europe, especially if it is your first time, there are a few things to consider before you go, to ensure that your trip goes as smoothly as possible, and you can enjoy your time there worry-free!
Find out as much you can before you go about the place you are intending to go – it may be quite difficult when you are over there to get all the information you need, especially if you do not speak the local language. Planning your route is exciting and will help you to fit as much into your trip as possible, and you will be less likely to get too lost! You may want to pre-book hotels and bed and breakfasts before you go, to ensure that after a long day on the road you are guaranteed a place to stay that night!
Make sure that your bike is in good working order – get the bike serviced before you go, paying particular attention to the tyres. All that travelling will wear them down, so it is best to change the tyres before you go if you are unsure. Check that you are insured and have adequate breakdown cover for travelling abroad in case the worst does happen and you break down. It is a good idea to take photocopies of all of your insurance documents to carry with you, as well as your passport and European Health Card.
Check what the weather conditions will be like for the time of the year – this will ensure that you are going prepared and it prevents unnecessary packing as space is scarce on a motorbike! If you are going to Spain in July for example then take some cheap summer motorbike clothing, if you are thinking of heading to the Alps you might want something a bit warmer! Regardless of where you are going, a basic tool kit for minor repairs that you need to make to your bike, and a first aid kit are essential for your trip abroad. A Satnav is also a good idea, just in case you take a wrong turn!