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05-03-2014, 13:22   #1
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Planning a trip abroad.....

With the influx of lads heading away this year (myself inld) I think it would be great for any advice to be in the one place. Maybe the mods can create a STICKY for easy reference.

I copied this from a post already up and sure we can add to it as we go. Try to stick to advice rather then reminisce about a lovely drive.
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A couple of travel requirements:
Original Registration Document
License
Passport
Original Insurance cert
European Medical card (See here http://www.ehic.ie/)

You should get travel insurance as well, food poisoning can happen anywhere.


Some things you should bring:
Buy an Airhawk Seat Cushion (The best purchase you’ll make for your trip!)

Lots of ear plugs! You can get ~50 pairs for ~€10 on ebay.
Cameras (For that nice bike picture in the alps )
Electrical Chargers and Euro adapters (Phones/Cameras/Video/GPS. Test them and make sure they work)
Chain lube (every morning)
Tool Kit (There will be plenty of bike garages but a few tools won't hurt)
Small Head mounted Torch
A few pairs of gloves (1 Gore-tex, 1 ventilated)
Sun Glasses
Chain(s)/Lock(s)
Spare Fuses
Bring some rags for the ferries. Some of them don’t have any to put between the ratchet tie downs and your seat and paintwork! Ireland-France crossing had them.

Optional:
GPS with updated maps + Mounting Kit
Top Up Oils/Fluids. 1l bottles (you could end up paying €30 for 1l of oil in a petrol station when you really need it)
Puncture Repair Kit and/or a can of tyre weld
Spare Bungees/Cargo Net (Handy for drying your clothes on top of your topbox)
Tablet/Laptop if you can fit it. Lots of places have free wi-fi (McDonalds). So you can upload photos of your trip to make us all jealous
Ultra absorbent thin towel
Visor cleaner + cloth to wipe it off properly
Sun Cream
Cable Ties
Gaffer Tape
Side stand plates for earthen ground
Fire extinguisher
Ratchet Tie Downs
Pens and paper to keep track of spending
Vitamin tablets. It's a long trip so it’s important to keep your strength up

Before the trip.
Try to check everything on the bike. Tyres, chain, bearings, throttle and brake cables (one of the lads throttle went in Gibraltar so we ended up wasting half a day there).

Pack and unpack preparation. Plan and re-plan what to take with you a week before the trip. Organise what you're bringing into the luggage. Think about weight distribution on each side of the bike when you’re doing this, you don’t want to be veering to one side

Try and plan where you’ll be each night and look up possible accommodation in each place before you leave.

Make a list of things you want to see in each country. Have 2 things in each country that you’d really like to see. Other attractions can be left on the list or taken out depend on time.

Take a look at road watch websites of the countries your visiting. It’ll let you know of any road works on your route and delays that may be encountered due to them.

On the trip.
Arrive at your destination each evening no later than 8. If you arrive after this it's too late to look around and find the best priced place, have a shower and then find a place to eat. Recently a friend did a trip where he was leaving at 6am and riding until 4pm. He had a few hours of the roads to himself then beat the evening work traffic chaos.

Have plenty of bottled water bought for the nights and mornings.

The tolls in France and Spain are expensive so stay off them if you can. The other roads are better biking roads anyway

French bikers are great and every one of them will salute you!

If you’re not making as much progress as you thought then don’t go too far into Europe. You don’t want to have to rush the last half of your trip in order to make a ferry!
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Copy and pasted from another post on boards. Dont suppose it matters if some advice is duplicated as people will pick the bones from what they need and dont need.


Things that were invaluable to have:
- rain suit - by god when it rains in Europe it's something else!
- insurance docs
- bike ownership papers
- old school maps
- puncture repair kit
- duct tape
- cable ties
- spare gloves
- bungee cord
- helmet and luggage locks - you need to be able to secure your bike and all the luggage and helmet/jacket if you want to explore. I think a guy on here had his jacket nicked while travelling around Europe
- change in your tank bag for tolls
- give yourself enough buffer time to make the ferry back
- zip lock bags for your phone etc in your tank bag

Other things
- the tolls sometimes give you a ticket, and check it when you're leaving the tolled road, if you lose it, you'll have to pay the maximum toll
- some tolls are free for bikes, look out for the half barriers
- European city drivers have usually very little patience for drivers who don't know where they are going, especially the French!
- don't book too much ahead accommodation wise as it means you need to make your destination even if it's late
- loads of bikers on the roads on the continent, usually get chatting to them at petrol stations or in towns

Main thing is have fun, don't worry about covering distance.
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http://www.rac.co.uk/travel/driving-...oad-checklist/

http://www.brittany-ferries.co.uk/me...ike_abroad.pdf

http://www.brittany-ferries.co.uk/me...ike_abroad.pdf

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Fire extinguisher...Really?
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Fire extinguisher...Really?
Just incase of a fire . . . . Next on the list is the kitchen sink !!
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@ Wonda great idea coming into the good weather. A good pint if going away in a group is plan together. e.g one person take duct tape and one take cable ties. As 5 riders prob wont need 5 rolls of duct tape over a few days LOL
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@ Wonda great idea coming into the good weather. A good pint if going away in a group is plan together. e.g one person take duct tape and one take cable ties. As 5 riders prob wont need 5 rolls of duct tape over a few days LOL
Bring yer own feckin duct tape...

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Nice to see 'my' list being reused by you Wonda

There were 4 of us on that trip so we distributed items between bikes.
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Nice to see 'my' list being reused by you Wonda

There were 4 of us on that trip so we distributed items between bikes.
As I said I "copied" these from boards not claiming they are mine. Dont have to name names there are no royalties....

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Nice to see 'my' list being reused by you Wonda

There were 4 of us on that trip so we distributed items between bikes.
Food and drink can be distributed to my bike!!
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Things that were invaluable to have:
- rain suit - by god when it rains in Europe it's something else!
- insurance docs
- bike ownership papers
- old school maps
- puncture repair kit
- duct tape
- cable ties
- spare gloves
- bungee cord
- helmet and luggage locks - you need to be able to secure your bike and all the luggage and helmet/jacket if you want to explore. I think a guy on here had his jacket nicked while travelling around Europe
- change in your tank bag for tolls
- give yourself enough buffer time to make the ferry back
- zip lock bags for your phone etc in your tank bag
All of the above +
- extra skins, baccy, roaches, lighters, essential herbs
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Spare bulbs are mandatory in some continental countries.

Spare keys hidden on bike; ignition, luggage, U-lock keys.

Inner bag from wine box useful for fuel emergencies and very compact. A length of syphon tube too.

A battery earth strap, flat woven type better than 6mm stiff copper. (Having seen how much hassle a broken battery connector can cause)
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Good stuff lads keep it coming.....
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Food and drink can be distributed to my bike!!
Whoever has the biggest panniers will be getting the "GRUB"
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Whoever has the biggest panniers will be getting the "GRUB"
That'd be me, 45ltrs in each one.
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