So you wanna travel the world on a moto? Well, here’s a few things to do in preparation before you travel

Keep some tools handy for moments like this

Keep some tools handy for moments like these.

Buying a motorcycle overseas

  • check general condition of the bike-if it looks shit…it probably is.
  • get all paperwork before you leave! if you are crossing borders you will need these.
  • beware of scams: if the people you are buying from look a bit dodgy, keep details about yourself to a minimum, or better yet leave.
  • bring a friend who is knowledgable about mechanics and bikes (and can speak the local language)
  • attend buyer markets or dealers, more bikes in one place means more choices and better bargaining options.
My basic tool kit spanner set, screwdrivers,  WD40, alan keys, shifter, electrical/gaffa tape, tubeless repair kit, small electric pump, iPhone and GPS wired in with a ciggie lighter unit.

My basic tool kit spanner set, screwdrivers, WD40, alan keys, shifter, electrical/gaffa tape, tubeless repair kit, small electric pump, iPhone and GPS wired in with a ciggie lighter unit. These all fit into a small bag.

Tools and manuals

Insurance

  • make sure you have an international drivers license issued from your home country. If you want you can also apply for a licence for the country that you happen to be in. Check your insurance policy to make sure that you are covered properly!!
  • get insured

Maps

  • download the maps for your area or just use google maps on your GPS or smart phone. So your phone does not go flat, install a power outlet from your battery. (Just remember to unplug it when you are not running your bike or you will get a flat battery you stupid bastard)
It's just you against the elements!

It’s just you against the elements!

Other things to remember are that you may get stuck in the middle of nowhere and need to crash for a while to recuperate. Make sure you buy a small travelling tent and warm clothes, just in case you are stuck outside for the night. Thermals are easy to pack and don’t take up much room, and can keep you incredibly warm. Also don’t forget a decent torch.

Check out the other nomads section for other motorcyclists’ that have been there and done it!

Other links for moto travel

Be prepared and you will have a great time, even when shit goes wrong.

Be prepared and you will have a great time, even when shit goes wrong.

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