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How it works – Round Trip Tours

Riding a Harley-Davidson across Europe, often on some of the World’s best roads among dramatic scenery is quite an adventure and great fun. European roads are less busy and much more exciting than what we are used to when riding on at home in the UK. However, many riders don’t have the experience of riding abroad, or don’t have time to research and plan the best routes to get the best out of a European ride.

Wouldn’t it be terrific if someone was able to do all the hard work for you, plan great routes, book good hotels and lead the ride on the way to show you what fantastic riding can be experienced in mainland Europe?

That is exactly what we do!

We know the best roads, we book the hotels and lead each of our tours. You simply have a great time!

We are a UK based business and if you are a visitor from overseas and need to rent a motorcycle, click on this page where you can find out more.

Your Time is Short

We know that time is short and often riders don’t have the time to properly plan a motorcycle tour abroad. It is not easy to research what are the best roads to ride, when they are open and what the best routes to take are. We have years of experience of riding in most European countries, especially in western and central Europe. Our tours are designed to make the amount of work you do as little as possible.

Our tours are essentially for Harley-Davidson motorcycle riders, who want to ride with like-minded people. We do however occasionally accept riders on other brands of motorcycle. Most of our clients ride their own motorcycles on our tours, but some overseas visitors rent a bike specifically for the tour. While we don’t rent motorcycles ourselves, we can help to arrange rentals with London Harley-Davidson dealers if necessary. We have regular fuel stops, dictated by the mileage range of the motorcycle with the smallest tank.

On most tours, we will be riding significant distances and it is important your motorcycle is road-worthy and legal (clearly, rented motorcycles will be). While we will always try to assist at the roadside if you break down, we are not a motorcycle repair company so we are limited in what we can do. It is therefore important that you have breakdown / recovery assistance service in place. We like our tours to be about having an adventure, riding on great roads with like-minded people.  For that reason, we do not use a support van, but we always have a back-marker.

Getting There

For our round-trip tours, we usually leave on a Saturday morning and catch the Channel Tunnel train from Folkestone.

Our group sizes normally range from 8 to 12 motorcycles.

Each day, we normally start riding at 8.30am sharp and cover in the region of 200 miles. We try to avoid motorways wherever possible and only use these when there is no real alternative. We take mid-morning and mid-afternoon breaks and of course find somewhere for lunch. Our plan is to normally arrive at that evening’s hotel by around 6pm. Our WW1 tours are different, with fewer miles ridden and many more stops.

We use good quality hotels for the journey to the events – not super luxury and not bottom end, but mid-range. The hotels are usually a mixture of 3 and 4-star.  Each tour has some evening meals included in the price and on the other evenings when you are free to eat on your own if you wish.  Most often, we will eat as a group, but it is really up to you.  Please let us know in advance if you have any special dietary wishes.

We ride at a pace to suit all of the riders.  We stick to all speed limits in towns, but in rural areas we ride at, let’s call them ‘more appropriate’ speeds.  We generally ride in staggered convoy.

As we have pre-booked hotels and a schedule to stick to, we ride in all weathers.  During any periods of exceptionally inclement weather, we will pull over for short periods.  We could experience a range of different types of weather, so bring waterproofs and warm clothes, just in case. Some of our riding could be at high elevations, where the air is always cooler.

What’s included in the price….

  • Crossing the English Channel (normally done by Eurotunnel train)
  • Where appropriate, other ferries
  • Three and four star accommodation in terrific locations
  • Breakfast every day
  • A number of evening meals. The details about each tour specifies how many
  • Well researched routes to provide you with fantastic roads to ride
  • Experienced tour guide to lead the tour
  • Tour1 T-Shirt
  • Comprehensive tour itinerary
  • GPS routes for your sat nav
  • Tips for riding in Europe guide

What’s not included….

  • Petrol you use
  • Motorway and other road tolls
  • All other meals and drinks
  • Entrance tickets to rallies, events, displays or museums, where appropriate
  • Motorcycle rental, should you need it (we can help arrange this)

What you need to bring….

Motorcycle:

  • A well maintained motorcycle (make sure it is in good condition and serviced before you leave)
  • Sufficient tread on the tyres (remember, for most of our tours we will be riding in excess of 1,000 miles)
  • A legal helmet
  • GB sticker for the rear of your bike (not needed if the number plate incorporates this – all rental bikes do)
  • Note, in the event of a breakdown, while we will endeavour to assist at the roadside, we are limited in what we can do.  We are not a motorcycle repair company!  We cannot delay the whole group if a single bike has a breakdown.  It is therefore important you have breakdown cover and you bring the details with you.  You should also have appropriate holiday / travel insurance to cover any loss in case you need to end your participation in the tour early due to breakdown, or any other reason.

Documents:

  • Full driving licence
  • Passport(s)
  • V5 Vehicle Registration Document. In some countries you need to carry the original, but a good quality photocopy is normally acceptable. Equivalents will be provided by a rental company.
  • A copy of your insurance details, including confirmation that you are covered to ride outside the UK. Will be provided by rental company)
  • Details of your roadside assistance / breakdown recovery service. Remember to check in advance that you are covered for riding abroad.

Gear:

  • Waterproofs. We ride in the rain
  • A spare set of keys
  • A few basic tools
  • Sufficient clothes to keep warm. Wearing multiple layers in best
  • Credit cards and cash. Euros are essential for occasional tolls and some rural petrol stations
  • 2 disposable breathalysers if the tour includes riding in France (this is a legal requirement for France, although it currently carries no penalty if you don’t have them. But, to save any unnecessary delays, we recommend you do have them.  We will provide them for visitors from overseas)
  • A warning triangle is not required for motorcycles
  • As of 1st January 2016, carrying a hi-vis vest is now required by law.  You do not have to wer it when riding, but must so so if you breakdown and are at the side of the road.  The same must be carried for a passenger.  Modern ones pack into a tiny space.

Further Reading

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Gary France has written a series of guides about motorcycle touring.

Click on the link below for the most relevant of these, guide number 5, Tips for Motorcycle Touring In Europe.

http://www.garysfrance.com/motorcycle-touring-guides/

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