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How to Plan a Flawless Last Minute Motorcycle Trip

Motorcycle holidays are the perfect last minute trip, as you can simply jump on your bike and go! To ensure you have a fantastic motorcycle trip, just follow the top tips below from our touring experts;



Top Motorcycle Holiday Destinations

To avoid any issues with visas and alike we suggest heading to Europe, and the following destinations offer an array of sunny roads just waiting to be explored;
• Italy – you could try Bologna; the birth place of Ducati, or instead head to Florence for a real taste of Italia.

• Spain – although busy in the summer months, Spain still offers some brilliant places just waiting to be explored by bike. If you have time, try heading for places like Barcelona, Valencia and Madrid.

• Switzerland – Beautiful Mountains and quaint villages await around every bend in Switzerland – explore as much of it as you can!
Before you depart for your trip, always check local laws and customs to avoid being caught out. For example, in France it is illegal for any vehicles (including bikes) to not carry a breathalyser at all times.


Motorcycle Travel Insurance

Even if your trip is last minute, you should never leave home without having the correct cover in place…
• Bike Insurance – double check that your bike insurance covers you for riding abroad, and if there are any limitations you should be aware of.

• Break down cover – we would always suggest that you have international break down cover, otherwise you may find yourself stuck at the side of the road in a holiday nightmare.

• Travel Insurance – now that your bike is fully protected, you need to make sure that you protect yourself and your bike to whilst away. Buy a specialist policy to cover you for things like cancellation, personal accident, trip disruption, and loss or damaged to your motorcycle apparel and luggage.

• Finally, don’t forget to bring your EHIC when travelling in Europe, just in case you need medical attention.

See our full Motorbike travel insurance page for more details.

Schedules and Timings

Don’t forget to leave plenty of time to reach the port or station before your scheduled departure time. Remember, just because you’re avoiding the airport does not mean you definitely won’t be victim to delays! Allow extra time in your planning for traffic and queuing when you arrive.


Your Pride and Joy

It goes without saying that you should always give your bike a good service before embarking on any long trip. Check that all of your lights are working, that your tyres are in good condition, and there is nothing wrong with the breaks or electrics. Just in case, you should always carry a small tool kit with you for road side maintenance.
Once your bike is on board the ferry thick foam pads should be placed around it to prevent any damage by the heavy duty ratchet straps and chocks which are used to hold it in place. A member of crew should be around to help you with this, to ensure the bike does not topple over during the trip and cause damage to itself or anything else.
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