So you wanna travel the world on a moto? Well, here’s a few things to do in preparation before you travel
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.
Tools and manuals
- you are going to need a good set of tools! Screwdrivers, monkey wrench, gaffa tape (a godsend) spanners, puncture repair kit, spare tubes, tyre levers, spare chain master link, spark plug socket, Loctite (for keeping nuts from falling off) spare fuses.
- download a service manual for your bike. If you are in Asia, repairing your bike is incredibly cheap and there are mechanics everywhere!
- learn how to change your tyres! here is a step by step video ..and here’s another one!
- bring spare fuel. For god sake please do not forget this.
- check your tyre pressure.This is incredibly underrated and could save your life.
- are you travelling through mountainous areas? you may need to tune your bike. (or you can just soldier on with your bike running like shit until you get back to near sea-level)
- 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
- 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)
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
- Great source for motorcycle travel enthusiasts
- http://advrider.com– great source for the adventure rider!
- http://www.adventurebikerider.com– get off road and explore!
- Northern India Motorcycle Routes
- Devil on Wheels
- BCM Touring
- This guy will help you buy a bike in Peru
- Handy info for Mexico moto travel
- Great Blog with help and hints for South American border crossings
- Border crossing in Vietnam
- Ride around in Laos!
- Hire a motorcycle in Myanmar(Burma)
- Buying a motorcycle overseas
- Rent a scooter and travel around Vietnam
- How to buy a bike in Santiago de Chile
- How to change a tyre
- Great site for avid motorcyclists
- Compass Expeditions – motorcycle tour group.