Biking Abroad

Before you set off on your biking adventure, make sure you are prepared for travelling abroad. You don't want anything to ruin your trip so we have put together a checklist to ensure you can concentrate on the biking, and avoid any potential stress of taking your motorcycle abroad.

Bike preparation

Give your bike a service before you set off to ensure your bike is fit for the trip and complies with the vehicle requirements of the countries you are visiting. Make sure that the tyres have enough miles left on them and are at the right pressure with the added weight of your luggage.

Check the maximum loading for your bike and do not overload as it can affect the balance and handling of the bike. Carry out a test run with your luggage before you set off to make sure the handling feels right.

Take a spare set of keys with you, as well as a first aid kit, tool box and GB sticker. Tie downs will be useful to secure your bike on ferry crossings and spare bulbs are always handy to have with you.


Don't forget to take all the necessary documentation with you - passport, driver's licence, MOT, breakdown policy and Vehicle Registration Document.

Make sure you have the correct licence for your trip; you may need an International Driving Permit or Green Card so check the Foreign Office website for travel advice on your destination.

Ensure that all documents are up to date. If your insurance or MOT is going to expire whilst you're away then renew before you go. An out of date MOT certificate could make your motorbike insurance invalid.


Check with your insurance provider to find out exactly what you are covered for whilst travelling abroad. If you have breakdown cover in place, it's worth checking to find out whether this is applicable outside of the U.K. Enquire about theft and medical expenses and make sure you're covered efficiently.

If you are involved in an accident, let your insurance company know immediately, regardless of fault.

Other considerations

Carry out some research on the driving rules, signs and habits of your destination before you go. Each European country's driving standards differs from the U.K and from each other so be prepared for all cultures. In Europe you must be 18 years old to drive a motorbike and those who have been driving for less than two years are restricted to 90KPH. From January 1st 2013 it will be compulsory for all motorcyclists and pillion passengers to wear high visibility clothing when driving in France. Pick up a copy of your destinations most up to date Highway Code before you set off to ensure you understand the rules of their roads and latest changes.

Countries and cities across Europe have implemented Low Emission Zones to improve the air quality where air pollution levels are hazardous to health.

Of course one of the biggest considerations when deciding whether or not to take a motoring holiday is the rising cost of fuel. You can find a full report of UK and overseas petrol and fuel prices conducted by the AA by visiting their website.

It is always useful to know the Emergency contact number of your destination - 112 is a European emergency call number you can dial in the 27 member states of the European Union.