Motorcycle & Trike Touring Tips

There’s nothing quite like the experience of touring on a bike, whatever make or model it is, but no bike is better suited to touring than a Goldwing.
Here’s what you should carry on your Goldwing or Motorcycle when travelling abroad. Some of these you must LEGALLY carry. (L) denotes required.

  • (L) First-aid kit
  • (L) Tool and bulb kit (ensure you have the tools to remove a wheel)
  • (L)Warning triangle (one per group)
  • (L) Reflective vest (for France and Spain)
  • Note: this must be worn if on a hard-shoulder (ie. breakdown, bird watching or otherwise)
  • (L) Breathalyzer (must be carried in France I would recommend carrying two)
  • (L) Reflective stickers applied to your helmet
  • France only at this time. (All helmets must have four reflective stickers: one on the front, one at the rear and one on each side. The surface of each sticker must be 18 cm2 and, within each sticker, you must be able to draw a 40 mm diameter circle, or a 12.50 cm2 rectangle with a minimum of 20 mm length, )

Essential Documents

  • (L) Driving license Both Parts. (or international if held)
  • (L) Motor insurance Certificate (stating European cover) A green card is still required in some Countries – check with your insurer before travelling.
  • (L) Vehicle registration document, and MOT if required
  • Note: all the above documents MUST NOT be photocopies. Always take a copy of your documents before you set off and leave these copies at home
  • EHIC NHS Medical Card (E111)

Other useful items

  • European breakdown cover
  • Medical insurance and travel insurance
  • Maps or GPS, (if using a GPS, carry maps as well,)
  • Phrase books
  • Credit/debit cards Ensure you know your PIN numbers
  • Euros in cash ( its always a good idea to carry a small amount of Euros in cash, )

Prepare your bike

  • A service before you set off, ask for your brake pads to be checked
  • Check your tires. (You must have at least 2mm when leaving Germany)
  • Ultra seal your tires ( or carry a suitable sealant or repair kit)
  • Take your spare key (don’t carry it in the bike)
  • If your ‘wing is less than 2 years old, carry your service book (for any warranty problems)

Final details,

Carry contact details of your next of kin,

If you on Medication ensure you have slightly more than you need, just in case you are delayed.

Carry details of your medication,

Let your fellow travelers or Group leader, know if you or your passengers have any medical conditions, also inform Hotels if you have any special dietary requirements. It will improve your Holiday