Author: Geoff Hill Posted: 14 Sep 2013
Which means you’re all set to go on an adventure.
Let’s get the bad news out of the way first.
When I dreamed up the idea of riding a Triumph from Chile to Alaska, I sat down and wrote a list of things I needed to do to make it happen.
By the time I’d got to number 87, I couldn’t help but think that motorbike adventures were all about getting away from sitting at a desk looking at a computer screen, but planning them involved just that.
And lots of it: any trips I’ve done for one of my books have involved about three months on the road, but two of years of planning before that, fitted around the small but tiresome detail of making a living.
Now the good news. These days there are loads of companies out there who’ll do all the organisation for you, so all you have to do is turn up and enjoy yourself.
The catch, of course, is that it comes at a price. The biggest and most expensive trip around at the moment, for example, is 40 weeks round the world between May next year and February 2015 with GlobeBusters’ Kevin Sanders, from London to Xi’an in China, Xi’an to Bangkok, Perth to Sydney, Nairobi to Cape Town, Buenos Aires to Bogota and finally Panama to Los Angeles.
The full route takes in six continents, 40 countries and over 48,000 miles on some of the world’s most rewarding roads such as the Pan American Highway, the Silk Road and the Great Ocean Road in Australia, and sights like Zanzibar, Victoria Falls, the Kalahari, the Terracotta Army, the Great Wall, Ayers Rock, Lake Titicaca, Machu Picchu, Palenque and the Panama Canal.
And the fabled docks of Harwich, of course.
Riders can join individual sections of between five and 18 weeks, with prices starting at £9,995 for Panama to Los Angeles - through some of my favourite countries such as Nicaragua, Guatemala and Mexico - and going up to a wallet-melting £74,995 for the full gig.
Mind you, pillions go for £41,495, so maybe if you ask Kevin nicely, he’ll let you ride from the back seat and save a fortune.
GlobeBusters can organise transport of bikes, riders and kit to and from start and end points.
More details here
and video on the trip here
Do I need travel insurance for a trip like this?
Just like any holiday, a trip on a motorcycle – be it in the UK, Europe or beyond – can be ruined by delays, lost documents, illness and more. There are plenty of travel insurance options, but you need to make sure you get a policy that includes riding motorcycles, and if it does, that it's for bikes of the engine size you'll be riding (many only cover up to 250cc). At its most basic, you should look for insurance that provides cover for the following:
In addition though, if you’re taking a motorcycle (or you're renting one while you’re away) be sure that your insurer will cover you for any medical expenses, should you have an accident. You must also think about where you’re riding – some policies won’t cover you if you’re trail or enduro riding, or if you’re on a race track. Remember – this isn’t about your bike being covered, it’s about your medical expenses, should the worst happen.
If you're only going away once, a single-trip policy will likely be all you need, but also consider an annual policy, which could extend to cover your family holidays too (a good insurer should also be able to offer cover for your whole family).
BikeSocial’s parent company, Bennetts, has a motorcycle-specific travel insurance policy – find out if it suits your needs by clicking here.