Tak­ing your bike across the chan­nel

Mo­tor­cy­clists should take our tips if plan­ning a trip through Europe

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●● THIS week’s tips of­fer ad­vice to mo­tor­cy­clists plan­ning a sum­mer get­away to con­ti­nen­tal Europe. Find out how you can best pre­pare for your jour­ney abroad. KEEP your driv­ing li­cence, V5 and ve­hi­cle reg­is­tra­tion doc­u­ments with you at all times.

And make sure your break­down and in­surance poli­cies cover you abroad.

If you’re not sure whether your travel in­surance cov­ers you, call your in­surer and keep an EHIC card with you too.

If there isn’t a vis­i­ble GB sign on your ve­hi­cle you will need to pur­chase one and dis­play it on your bike be­fore en­ter­ing the con­ti­nent. Be­fore packing your lug­gage, check the max­i­mum load for your bike – over­load­ing it will af­fect your bal­ance.

For a more com­fort­able jour­ney, con­sider fit­ting a top box or pan­nier.

If you’re plan­ning to take your bike on a ferry cross­ing then make sure you have a set of tie downs with you to se­cure it into place, and make sure some­one su­per­vises you with this.

Take note of any rules and reg­u­la­tions for your des­ti­na­tion be­fore­hand, many con­ti­nen­tal Euro­pean coun­tries will have dif­fer­ent road signs and rid­ing stan­dards.

For ex­am­ple, in France, all mo­tor­cy­clists and pil­lion pas­sen­gers must wear high vis­i­bil­ity cloth­ing.

Re­fer to the EU driv­ing abroad web­site for fur­ther in­for­ma­tion at ec.europa. e u / t ra n s p o r t / road_ safety/go­ing_abroad.

Richard said: “As you’ll be rid­ing for longer pe­ri­ods of time, it’s im­por­tant that you keep a bot­tle of wa­ter and first-aid kit with you too, as you never know when th­ese will come in handy.

“And if you be­gin to feel tired then be pre­pared to stop off at a ser­vice sta­tion or sim­i­lar so you can take a much-needed rest break.

“En­joy the jour­ney.”

●● Take note of rules and reg­u­la­tions be­fore trav­el­ling abroad

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