Motorcycle Travel Links and Resources


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Motorcycle Organisations, Clubs and Parts Suppliers

Traveldri Plus
Waterproof bags, tents and more. If you are looking for experienced, friendly advisors then you can’t go wrong here. The company has a huge selection of quality kit that has been selected for motorcycle touring and travel. Their phrase ‘Quality kit for serious fun’ says it all.

BikerFM
The UK’s online radio station for bikers – broadcasting 24/7.

Metal Mule
Supplier of aluminium panniers. The owners of this UK based company are experienced motorcycle overlanders and this shows through with their superbly designed luggage system.

Touratech
Suppliers of an extensive selection of Overlanding Kit. A giant catalogue is available from this company and in it you will find just about every accessory for overlanding that has been thought of. The German owners are travellers themselves.

Adventure Spec
If you are into long range, unsupported adventure riding then this is a site you’ll need to know about. These guys specialise in a wide range of kit that they have tested in full on conditions.

GS Club UK
BMW GS CLUB – UK Enthusiasts Club. If you ride a GS or are interested in riding one, then check out this friendly site for all the news, meets and events, and ups and downs.

UKGSer
BMW GS Enthusiasts Forum. One of the most enthusiastic motorcycle Forums on line today. If your taste is for the useful and the tongue in cheek, for rideouts and events, then check out this forum.

ADV Rider
This incredibly active forum is for Adventure Riders. Be you dual sporting or overlanding, this site is one that you should have logged in as a favorite. Go here for adventure riding, how-to’s and technical knowhow.

Trail Riders Fellowship
The UK’s largest trail bike riders association. The Trail Riders Fellowship was established in 1970, since when the organisation has been heavily involved in preserving access to, and helping to maintain standards of, public rights of way throughout England and Wales. Jon your local club and have the chance to get some excellent experience of off roading before you set off on your trip, or just go for the fun and the fellowship.

The BMW Club
The BMW Owners Club official site. Here you can chat, research and find out info regarding all types of BMW bikes.

BM Bikes
The alternative BMW Club. If you don’t like the more formal way of Clubs then BM Bikes could well be your cup of tea.

BM Riders Club
The unofficial BMW Motorcycle Club in the UK and abroad. These two clubs are closely linked and are a great source of information and camaraderie.

The Moto Guzzi Club GB
These guys get into some really long distance tours and the 30 branch club produces an excellent magazine called Gambalunga, meaning Long leg. It contains heaps of articles, letters and other interesting features.

Honda Trail Bike Riders
Link up here with an enthusiastic bunch of Honda trail riders. This over 6,700 strong membership forum gives you the chance to chat, to buy and sell and to get the real info on Honda Trail bikes.

Big Trail Bike
The site was formed to Share technical knowledge on bikes, put fragmented groups of riders in touch with each other, share “grin factor” & rights of way information on surfaced and unsurfaced roads and create an international data base of events, riding days/weekends & Touring Holidays.

CW Motorcycles
Extremely helpful and experienced BMW garage. CW’s were kind enough to introduce me to Johnnie Walker and have hosted the launch of both Into Africa and Under Asian Skies.

Moto-Bins
BMW parts and equipment – New and Second hand. An efficient knowledgeable and friendly company.

MotorWorks
BMW parts and equipment – New and Second hand. Also an efficient, knowledgeable and friendly company.

James Sherlock
BMW parts and equipment – New and Second hand.

James Cargo
Doing a great job of providing the simplest and most cost effective shipping solution to getting your motorbike to your chosen destination, and back again if that’s what you need. The guys are bikers themselves so know how to handle your bikes, and take real care of your pride and joy.

Avon Tyres
Tyre manufacturer. This company was kind enough to sponsor us for the latter four years of the trip. We used their Gripster tyres and they were perfect for the very varied terrains we travelled.

World of BMW
Find out what’s going on with BMW here. This is the home of the online magazine which keeps you up to date with some excellent articles.

DHL
Invaluable for parts delivery. If you aren’t certain that you’ll need the spare part, then wrap it up at home and get someone to send it out to you. We used DHL on many occasions and they got parts to us in some really unsual parts of the world.

Bernd Tesch
Equipment, producer of alu-boxes and racks. Tesch is a long term traveler whose annual Tesch Treffen overlanders meet in Belgium should be a must for anyone who is interested in overlanding.

TukuTuku
The world’s largest collection of motorcycle travel books in all languages from 1910 up to now – around 1,300 books in all.

Motorbike Search Engine
One of the leading UK motorcycle websites, view motorcycles for sale, motorbike videos, motorcycle accessories and Alpinestars shop. Free competitions, motorbike directory, 2008 motorcycle events, there’s something for everyone.

Classic-Motorbikes
As Birgit’s ’71 BMW R60/5 and my ’91 R80GS can now both be called ‘Classic bikes’… If you are interested in older bikes, particularly to tour on, then check this site out.

Bolivia Motorcycle Adventures
Based 100km west of Santa Cruz, Bolivia Motorcycle Adventures provide guided riding tours of South America.

Digital Marketing Consultancy
Heartwood Digital consults internationally on the benefits of effective digital marketing integration.

Bob Porecha Motorcycles/London
Very experienced ‘Air-head’ mechanic who kept our bikes on the road with expert long distance diagnosis.
Tel: 0208 659 8860

MotorcycleSupermarket.com
New and used motorcycles and scooters for sale. Find bikes, insurance, finance and warranties all under one roof! Bikes from Kawasaki, Honda, Suzuki, Yamaha and many more!

Alpact Couriers & Motorcycle Movers
This company specialise in safe and secure transportation of your Bike, Scooter, Trike, Quad, Off Road Buggy or Go Kart.

Publications and Travel Information

Horizons Unlimited
The website motorcycle travellers trust. Travellers community, bike travel information on the Bulletin Board, free Monthly Motorcycle Travel E-zine, travellers’ stories, and plenty of tips and info! Horizons hold Travellers Meets all over the world and they are fantastic brain picking opportunities. Check out their new ‘How to’ DVD’s.

Overland Magazine
From a weekend spent riding in a neighbouring county to a year in a neighbouring continent, the versatility and immediacy of motorcycle travel brings a host of benefits, not least a more vivid exposure to the mass of humanity. OVERLAND aims to demonstrate that any bike and any budget can provide an enriching experience.

Adventure Motorcycle Magazine
Adventure Motorcycle Magazine is for readers and riders who wish to point themselves towards a different tomorrow. As creators of our own futures, adversity is an opportunity to expand ourselves while we inspire – and are inspired . Whether hitting distant dirt trails or getting lost in far away lands, we seek other places, times and landscapes to find ourselves in stark contrast to the usual surroundings. Adv Moto takes you there.

LonelyPlanet
Supplier of superb travel guides. For those setting out for the first time, these guide books give a ton of valuable information which will help you to have a safer and more interesting adventure. History, background, the politics, money, food, health, town center maps and places to stay.

Bradt Travel Guides
Some useful general info. They are for travelers who aren’t on such a tight budget but the background information is really handy. They also run travel writing courses for those who are interested.

Globetrotters
Travel club for independent travellers. This friendly and enthusiastic London based club for all ages holds talks from some fascinating speakers from the travel world.

Wanderlust
Travel magazine. But that doesn’t cover it. If you need some inspiration, then check out this magazine. It’s really well written, has some stunning photography and travel book reviews, and…

Stanfords
UK’s best one stop shop for travel books and maps. If you are setting off on an adventure then you couldn’t do better than to spend a few hours in this brilliant shop first.

Ted Simon
Author of ‘Jupiter’s Travels’, ‘Riding High’ and ‘Dreaming of Jupiter’, Ted Simon has inspired a generation of travelers and motorcyclists to get out and adventure on two wheels. His book Jupiter’s Travels is now a classic and should be on anyone’s reading list.

MotorcycleTravelDVDs.com
Adventure Motorcycle DVDs that inform and inspire from Michael Murray.

London Bikers
News, reports, events, shop and community. It’s all here and not just for Londoners.

BikeChatter
Bike kit tests, reports, reviews and great stories.

The Backpack
The best Backpackers Hostel in Cape Town. Friendly, local, perfectly placed for both the city and Table Mountain – what more could you ask for. Oh and the owners are experienced travelers too.

The Africa Guide
A Cultural Discovery. This stunning site will open your eyes to a side of Africa that will add real value to your adventure.

University College London Hospitals
Tropical Disease Hospital/Travel Clinic offers pre-travel advice i.e. inoculations. Don’t go without them! Get these right and you are on for a far safer and healthier trip.

Sidestand Up
The world’s one and only radio motorcycle road show with guest travellers, chat, interviews and advice sessions every week.

Adventure Motorcycling
Chris Scott desert specialist, adventurer and author of such books as ‘Desert Travels’, ‘Sahara Overland’ and the invaluable ‘Adventure Motorcycle Handbook’.

Thrustforth Motorcycle Holidays
Luxury Adventure Motorcycle Touring in Central Portugal.

Adventure Motorcycle
Adventure motorcycle travel online. This is one of the newer adventure websites and its a source of some great articles, interviews, reviews and advice.

Kaapstad Motorcycle Adventure Tours
South African Guided Motorcycle tours at their best.

Motorbike Europe
Planning adventures in Europe? Check this site first!

Peru Motorcycling
UK based company specializing in motorcycle adventure holiday trips to Peru, South America. This company gives you an excellent chance to experience this incredibly diverse South American country from the back of a motorcycle.

GlobeBusters
Pan American Highway motorcycle expeditions run by round the world motorcyclists Kevin and Julia Sanders. This world record breaking duo run unique motorcycle tours the length of the Americas, through Northern Africa and are now to lead a phenominal expedition of motorcyclists across some of the most rugged parts of Central Asia, and on through China.

Wildcat Adventures
Providing Motorbike & 4X4/ATV/UTV Tours since 1985. Specialists in Overland & Road trips to Morocco, Mongolia, and Eastern Turkey.

Nick Sanders
Round the world motorcyclist, author and motorcycle adventure tour leader. Nick is one of those people that emerge from the world of motorcycling as a completely individual character. He has broken world records, pushed himself to the limit, makes dreams come true and has produced a series of books and DVDs with some stunning photography.

Blazing Trails Tours
Specialist Royal Enfield motorcycle tours in India. These guys know India like the backs of their hands. They know the quirky Enfield Bullet bikes intimately and work hard to ensure that you have an unsurpassed experience on the Indian sub continent.

Offroad Vietnam
Adventure touring in Vietnam. If you can get away for just two weeks and dream of adventure in a stunning land, then this may well be the company you need to be contacting.

Bike Normandy
Bike tour experience in France for both on and off-road motorcyclists. For everything from long weekend trips to longer tours this husband and wife team will show you a side of Normandy that would otherwise take you years to discover on your own.

Motorcycle.co.uk
A very useful selection of motorcycle website links. Everything from travel, to buying and selling, to kit choices, to kit and book reviews. An excellent kick off point in the world of motorcycles.

Mission Aviation Fellowship
This airborne charity concentrates of flying medical and food aid, plus medical staff into some of the most remote areas of the world. Often landing on no more that rough dirt strips their role is perilous and they need all the help they can get from us.

CMA Chainlink Magazine
Check ‘em out – you may well be surprised at what you find there.

Capital City World Clock
Trying to get your head around time zones? This site can help you do just that.

World Weather and Average Rainfall & Temperatures (3.4mb PDF)
What’s happening out there? Need to know when to go? These two sites will help you plan.

British Foreign and Commonwealth Office Travel Advice
US Department of State Travel Advice
Government Travel Advice – Australia
These three sites offer you a varied selection of government level travel advice. Take a look at all three and you’ll be on the way to getting a balanced viewpoint to suit yourself.

RAC (Royal Automobile Club – UK) Carnet Advice
ADAC (Germany Automobile Association) Carnet Advice
Canadian Automobile Association
These 3 sites are key sources for obtaining your vital Carnet de Passage – Temporary Importation document for your bike. They cost, but not all countries require you to have one so it’s well worth spending some time taking a look at these sites.

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Bloodhound SSC
And this is an adventure! Check out the Bloodhound guys for something very unusual.

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