Motorcycle Adventure

Summary
Overall rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆ – 4 adventure travel stars (rounded up)

Motorcycle adventure

Touring the countryside

Imagine feeling the power vibrating through your body while on your motorcycle adventure as you rumble down the road past miles of spectacular scenery and nothing to slow you down but the occasional pit stop.

Motorcycle adventure tours are popular all over the world with many kinds to choose from including off-road and extreme motorcycling from the wild places of Alaska to the urban roadways of Paris and Berlin.

A motorcycle adventure can be a bit on the risky side when you’re not familiar with the bike or how others drive in a foreign country, but going with an experienced guide from where you rent your motorcycle can reduce those risks considerably.

The more experienced you are, the more fun you’ll have, so if you’re a natural then adventure motorcycling will be an exciting experience and a great way to get to know a country and its culture.

Risk Factor
Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆ – 4 adventure travel stars

There are no two ways about it, a motorcycle  adventure can be risky. Some of the risks are in your control and some aren’t, so travel insurance would be a wise thing to look into before going on your motorcycling tour.

For experienced riders you probably won’t think twice about the dangers involved because you know how to deal with them. For the rest of you, following are some of the more common risks.

Collisions: chances are you’re not going to be the only one on the road, so you need to be mindful of others. You may be the safest rider in the world, but how others drive (or ride) is out of your control.

Road hazards: Paying attention to the road is always important, but even more so when you’re taking your motorcycle adventure tour on unfamiliar routes.

Bad weather: Rain, snow and high winds can increase the risk factor significantly, so be extra cautious when out on the road should the weather turn nasty. If possible, avoid bad weather altogether.

Trying to ride beyond your skill level: If you’re a novice it’s especially important to stay within your limits. Don’t choose a bike you can’t fully control, and don’t pick a route that may present a difficult challenge for you. Let an experienced rider guide you where your level of skill is concerned.

Here’s the best tip for you: Always wear a helmet even if you think it’s uncomfortable or makes you look uncool.

Skill & Physical Factors
Rating: ★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆ – 3 adventure travel stars

Riding well takes a good bit of skill. Once you get some initial training, the rest will come with experience and learning from others.

One of the first things you’ll need to learn is where the controls are and what they do. One mistake, like squeezing the front brake instead of the clutch, could send you over the handlebars.

You’ll also need to get familiar with shifting gears, using the clutch and starting and turning the bike off.

Hopefully you’ll have a good sense of balance and quickly get a feel for how you’ll need to shift your weight through turns. And you’ll need to be strong enough to handle the bike. They can get pretty heavy.

When choosing the motorcycle you take on your tour, just make sure you get one you can handle. Don’t let your ego make the decision for you.

Fun Factor
Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆ – 4 adventure travel stars

The thrill of a motorcycle adventure tour is hard to beat. How can it best be described? If I were to pick one word it would be this freedom.

With one small twist of the throttle you can go from a crawl to jetting down the road with the wind whistling in your ears and your cares left far behind.

It’s all about the adventure on the open road. Maybe Steppenwolf said it best in their classic rock song “Born to be Wild”

Get your motor runnin’
Head out on the highway
Lookin’ for adventure
And whatever comes our way

12 popular places for a motorcycle adventure
  • Alaska, USA
  • Australia
  • California, USA
  • Florida, USA
  • France
  • Germany
  • Mexico
  • New Zealand
  • Panama
  • Spain
  • Thailand
  • Vietnam
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