Round the World Motorcycle Travel Guides

This page holds all of our articles related to round the world motorcycle travel in one place. You’ll find everything you need to know here.

Round the World Motorcycle Travel Mad or Nomad Resource

How to Motorcycle Round the World

Planning on riding round the world? Start here with our ultimate RTW guide.

Here’s everything you need to know about preparing for and going on a round the world motorcycle trip.

This is a comprehensive guide that explains everything related to RTW motorcycle travel. You’ll find loads of links to more detailed and in-depth articles on specific subjects throughout the website too. If you want to know how to motorcycle round the world, start here…

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Routes and Destinations

Our packed Destination guides will help you plot your route.

Visit the Destinations section and you’ll find all the countries we have guides for listed in alphabetical order. Click a country you’re interested in and it’ll display all the guides we have on it.

We aim to produce one ‘Motorcycle Travel Guide’ per country. These are detailed guides with info on paperwork requirements, borders, routes, things to do and much more. 

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Paperwork and Admin

Paperwork, money, health, safety, insurance and everything admin related.

Sorting your paperwork for a big motorcycle trip is the biggest headache when it comes to travelling. So, we’ve pulled together a comprehensive guide covering and explaining everything you need to know. 

There’s a lot to cover when it comes to motorcycle travel admin, so we recommend checking out the packed Admin guides too. 

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Riding Gear

Gear guides for motorcycle travellers and round the world riders.

After 15 years of motorcycle travel, years spent as a motorcycle journalist for MCN and now on our RTW trip, we’ve tested just about every type of motorcycle gear there is. It’s safe to say we’re gear nerds! And we’ve put this experience to good use in our Gear Guides. 

You’ll find guides listing our favourite bits of kit and top tens each complete with a full buying guide. There’s the best lids, jackets, boots, winter kit and much more.

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Motorcycle clothing, equipment, luggage and camping gear reviews.

The complete guide to choosing the right gear for your trip.

The 10 best jackets on the market today complete with buying guide. 

Packing and Luggage

Adventure motorcycle luggage and trip kit lists

This is our ultimate round the world motorcycle packing list. You’ll find all the kit you could possibly need for a serious motorcycle trip here laid out in easy to read lists. 

You’ll also find links to more in-depth guides on specific areas as well as links to the gear we use. If you’re not sure what to pack, check this guide out first.  

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Everything you need to know about motorcycle luggage in one packed guide for adventure riders, tourers and RTW travellers.

Round the World Motorcycles

Wondering what adventure bike to go on? Take a look at these guides first.

There is no right or wrong answer when it comes to choosing a motorcycle for your round the world trip. Everyone has an opinion on what makes the best adventure bike for travelling, but the only one that matters is yours.

This guide aims to help you figure out what you need and want from an adventure bike. Here’s our suggestions for picking the bike that suits your needs…

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Here’s all the tools we use on our RTW trip and how to pack your kit.

Motorcycle reviews from real world travellers riding their bikes round the world.

The Ultimate Adventure Bike Preparation Guide for round the world riders. 

Shipping

Shipping can’t be avoided on a RTW trip. Here’s what you need to know.

Inspiration

To get your travel juices flowing, check out these stories, blogs and books. 

Motorcycle travel stories from real travellers riding round the world.

Our monthly blog posts from our round the world adventures. 

Columns from motorcycle travellers, have a read and discuss.

Further Reading

More articles related to round the world motorcycle travel to help you get out there. 

FAQ

Preparing for a motorcycle adventure is very subjective. Some people pack it all in and leave within a week, some spend years preparing. It completely depends on your own personal circumstances and how ‘prepared’ you want to be.

Firstly, you’ve got your finances to consider and how long you need in advance to accumulate your budget. That’s of course completely down to you.

Preparing your bike, luggage and gear is the easy bit. Once you’ve decided on what you want, it’s just a case of finding time to put it all together.

What really soaks up time though is the research into where you’re going and how long for. If you’re going to be travelling through multiple countries and continents then you need to account for so much more, including: shipping, visa and entry requirements, timeframes in each country and visa/ import extensions, where to get spares for servicing, tyres etc. This can take a lot longer to plan than say a European tour.

So, there’s not really a definitive answer into how long it takes to prepare for a motorcycle trip. It’s down to what you’re doing, where you’re going, how long for, your personal finances and how prepared you want to be. But if you are thinking about going on a trip, then start planning yesterday and go!

The hardest part of preparing for a round-the-world motorcycle journey is, without a doubt, paperwork. It takes so much time figuring out what visas you need, where to get them, how long they last, specific entry requirements, insurance and where to get it from for each country, how to stay longer in a country, does this country require a Carnet or Temporary Import.

It’s a headache, especially when you first start out. Although, it does get easier. And the longer you go for the more used to it you’ll get and the more second nature it’ll become.

To make it easier, check out our comprehensive paperwork guide: Motorcycle Travel Paperwork Explained

We actually have a detailed guide called How to Travel on the Cheap and in that guide is a dedicated section to how we budget with tips and advice for the long-term motorcycle traveller. Budgeting is actually quite easy and fun once you get into it.

Check out the guide: How to Motorcycle Travel on the Cheap

The most expensive aspect of a big motorcycle trip is shipping. If you’re travelling round the world on a motorcycle then this is impossible to avoid. With careful planning and good research, you can keep your shipping costs down to a minimum. For example, carefully calculating the differences between sea and air freight from and to certain countries. 

Aside from shipping, your next biggest expenses are accommodation because it’s a constant. This can be overcome if you’re up for camping most nights! And cooking your own food regularly keeps those costs down too. 

Next up is visa and paperwork requirements when entering new countries.

Here’s our Ultimate Motorcycle Shipping Guide

And, check out our recommended shipping companies. Visit the page and click a country on the map or use the drop down menu to find top companies in that country. You’ll find their info and contact details there. Recommended Motorcycle Shipping Countries Finder

 

No. Certainly not. But of course, if you’re thinking of heading out the front door for a round-the-world ride and you’ve never travelled on a bike before, then it might be worth going on a few smaller trips first. This’ll just help you get settled into it. You’ll quickly figure out how what you do and don’t need or if you’ve missed any important items of your pack list, you’ll be able to iron out any snags on the bike like an uncomfortable seat or handlebar height etc.

But, you do not need to be a mechanical genius, expert off-roader or travel extraordinaire. Many, many accomplished and seasoned motorcycle travellers just decided to go for it one day with no experience at all. Anyone can do it.  

If you’re after a little more inspiration, check out our Stories page for awesome tales of adventure from people travelling the world on two wheels. And you can also check out Our Adventures too. 

And finally, the How to Go on a Motorcycle Adventure Guide should help put your mind at ease on experience needed as it covers what you need to know about bike travelling. 

We have a bunch of great guides on packing for bike trips that answer this question in loads of detail. The first one below lists everything you need. Of course, you can easily remove the obvious bits you don’t need if you’re not planning a RTW world.