TOP TIPS 8dream

Se­crets of plan­ning a mo­tor­cy­cle tour Top travel ex­perts re­veal their tips to the two-wheeled trip of a life­time

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1Pick your team and pick your bikes

“Ev­ery­one has dif­fer­ent ex­pec­ta­tions,” says Geraint Hughes of drag­on­mo­to­tours.co.uk. “Peo­ple on sports­bikes and cruis­ers have com­pletely dif­fer­ent ideas of the length of the ride, the speed and the length be­tween stops.” Com­pat­i­ble bikes with com­pat­i­ble riders aren’t just im­por­tant from a tour­ing point of view, they’re key to stay­ing safe. “If you are slower than the rest of the group it’s no fun con­stantly try­ing to keep up,” warns Alas­tair Mcfar­lane of mc­i­tours.com.

2Work out where youõre go­ing

“I’d al­ways buy a map of the coun­try, or more likely, sev­eral maps, bro­ken down by re­gion, with a big­ger scale to give more de­tails,” says Bill Roughton. “Al­low your­self some mo­tor­way sec­tions, but mix in scenic back roads as well. And be­ware sat-navs, which de­fault to send­ing you the ob­vi­ous route.” Geraint Hughes rec­om­mends vis­it­ing www.bi­son-fute.gouv.fr for the flow of ma­jor roads and road­works in France as well as telling you if moun­tain passes are open.

3Be re­al­is­tic

Don’t over­stretch your­self with the daily mileage. Geraint Hughes says: “A cou­ple asked us how many days they needed to tour the whole of Italy. I said three months. Pick a do-able area, fo­cus on it and in­ter­ro­gate the web for ev­ery­thing you want to do.” Work out a re­al­is­tic mileage per day – if you’re go­ing into the Alps or the Pyre­nees the dis­tances will take longer to ne­go­ti­ate. 200-250 miles a day is rea­son­able, but you can do longer for the out­ward or re­turn trip to the UK.

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