The important things first:
Is a motorcycle tour A common package tour?
The question is easy to answer. The trip may be billed roughly at a flat rate, but we certainly wouldn't want to see our tours as a standard package tour. Because the tours are peppered with adventure and exciting highlights. For example, we stay overnight in different places every day, and we have a different varied route every day. The luggage is "on the man" during the entire trip and the suitcases on the motorcycle have to be unpacked and packed every day!
We must stick together as a team and work together as a team. That may be something new for some, but that's the only way it's fun together and we've always had fun in the past. No matter where our trip took us, no matter what happened or can happened on our travels.
And yes, basically it is a package tour for which the organizer, which means us, bears the responsibility.
Why should I take part in a German tour operator for guided motorcycle tours through the Balkans, New Zealand, or South America?
This question is not unimportant and is often overlooked when comparing prices with other tour operators. International organizers must pay little or no taxes and can therefore calculate quite cheaply.
However: Many participants have already experienced a nasty surprise and lost a lot of money if the organizer disappeared shortly before the start of the trip or suddenly declared bankruptcy. In such a case, the respective state legislation applies (see the organizer's registered office) and there is almost no chance of getting your money back from foreign organizers!
With a German tour operator, the trip is fully insured with all the associated options. German tour operators are obliged to issue a security certificate. This insurance comes into effect if the tour operator goes bankrupt.
So, never compare apples with pears when comparing prices!
If you compare the price-performance ratio correctly and in real terms, we are in a very good position with our prices in international competition!
How often do the tours we offer take place?
As a rule, each tour takes place only once a year. Except for the tours in Colombia, because these are carried out by a local partner due to time constraints. Whether we will be there ourselves on the tours in Colombia always depends on the circumstances. To be sure, this question should be clarified with us beforehand if you are interested.
Can non-Germans also take part in the tours?
Funny question, but also a question. Of course! Or rather, YES!
Just because we're a Germany-based company doesn't mean we only have German participants. We are a cosmopolitan small company and like to operate internationally.
We have always attached great importance to having participants from different countries, continents, and cultures with us on all tours. Because that is what characterizes our tours. We speak German, English and Spanish.
Do I have to be or become a member somewhere to be able to participate in one of the tours?
Clear answer, NO of course not.
As a complete newbie to the riding experience, can I join the MotoGS WorldTours Guided Adventure Motorcycle Tours?
Unfortunately, we must answer this question with a resounding no.
We also set a minimum requirement for our participants, such as at least 3 years of riding experience with a motorcycle and a minimum age of 23 for the rider.
We cover a longer tour distance. Of course, this varies depending on the tour, but the total distance is always more than 3300 km. In other words, once we've set off, there's no turning back. Then it goes through the middle.
On the other hand, it wouldn't be fair to the other participants either. Each participant must be able to cover a riding distance between 250 km and 400 km per day.
We all want to have fun riding together.
However, our tours are highly recommended for advanced riders, because on such tours you can improve and even refine your riding experience many times over. We can and will give you the best and most useful tips.
What riding experience do I need, for example, for the adventure motorcycle tours carried out in Colombia?
The tours in Colombia are a clear exception. Different rules apply there in terms of riding practice. Anyone who has ever been to a third-world country like Colombia and ridden there himself knows what that means. We don't mean to have travelled by taxi or bus. We meant you drove yourself and not just by car, but by motorbike!
We think that if you want to take part in a tour in Colombia, then we should definitely talk about it together in advance.
We take this responsibility seriously.
I'm an experienced motorcyclist, but aren't the daily stages too far for me?
That is also a very good and more than justified question. Ultimately, of course, everyone must decide for themselves what they can or want to expect.
The average pure and actual riding time is between 4 and 5 hours per day. With exceptions, it can even be 6 hours. There will be a stop every hour at the latest because there is something to look at or to photograph. We also must fill up the bikes and even eating regularly hasn't hurt anyone.
So, we will be on the road for an average of 6 to 8 hours a day. The daily stages usually begin at 8:00 a.m. after a hearty breakfast together, but sometimes we don’t leave our chosen accommodations before 9:00 a.m.
How big are the groups?
The group should never be larger than 5 or 6 motorcycles. Conversely, this means a maximum of 5 or 6 riders plus a maximum of 5 or 6 passengers.
And of course, your guide. Incidentally, your guide usually rides with a passenger. So that there is no boredom
Riding in a large group or riding in a group at all - is that even possible?
With a group of 5 or 6 bikes, the group is NOT too big and still very easy to handle. When riding in a group, the individual in front and behind is ultimately decisive. The fact is the inexperienced rider is definitely not riding at the end of the column. Quite the opposite. The honour of being last in the group always goes to the rider with the most experience. And there's a reason for that because he doesn't just concentrate on himself but above all on what all the other riders are doing in front of him. The rider at the end of the column bears almost the same responsibility as your tour guide.
Do we eat 3 times a day or is it limited to breakfast and dinner?
The latter. If you want to eat something during the day, you can of course do so during a longer break. We usually make a longer stop somewhere around lunchtime, where we then have the opportunity to eat.
What if I break down on the way?
If a participant breaks down or has an accident - which of course we hope not - your tour guide will decide on-site whether this requires a short or longer stop.
At a short stop (up to 20 minutes), the entire group waits and then continues riding on together.
If it takes a long time to fix a breakdown, then team spirit is required. Cohesion!
Depending on the situation and the given circumstances, someone from the group stays behind at the scene of the breakdown or accident. But as already mentioned, it all depends on the situation. Nobody stays alone.
In the event of a flat tire, for example, the team members always find a way to get the motorcycle ready to ride again. We always have the necessary materials and tools with us.
What about the obligation to wear helmets on tours like this?
Whatever the rules in different countries, we expect helmets to be compulsory and will provide helmets that conform to the norm. Of course, everyone can also bring and use their own helmet. It goes without saying that this must also comply with the prescribed standards.
If I book a specific motorbike, do I have a guarantee that I will get it?
Of course! On the tours in southern Europe, you get exactly the motorcycle that you ordered when booking and for which you also paid.
There is 95% guaranteed on tours in Colombia or New Zealand, but to be on the safe side we always ask for an alternative model or comparable motorcycle.
The reason for this is simple. For tours outside of southern Europe, we provide you with motorcycles from our local partners. And since we are dependent on the services of third parties in this context, we cannot give a 100% guarantee here. But, as always, we will do our best here too.
You will find an overview of the motorbikes available in the respective travel description, although these are usually BMW GS models such as the F 750 GS, F 850 GS, R 1250 GS, or the R 1250 GSA.
Almost all models are available in the standard height or as a lowered version.
Does my motorcycle have a sissy bar installed?
Since the motorcycles we provide are exclusively touring motorcycles, such as the BMW R 1250 GS, there is no need to ask for a sissy bar (backrest for the passenger). All motorcycles have a top case with a backrest for the pillion.
How much luggage can, or should I take with me?
Again, this is a great and interesting question and perhaps not always easy to answer. But if you think it through, it's relatively easy to answer.
All motorcycles are equipped with a large top case and 2 large side cases. In addition, you can bring your own tank bag for small things for yourself. In other words, you can take as many things with you as you need and want, to fill the 3 suitcases on the bike. The remaining things that didn't fit in the 3 suitcases or that you later found out that it wasn't really necessary to have them with you can be left in your own suitcases and kept safe and dry in our office until you return.
You do not need to bring things like tools or the like with you, because we are responsible for them.
If you think it is necessary, you can strap 2 luggage rolls onto the respective 2 side cases.
What clothes are recommended for taking with me on these tours?
We recommend normal motorcycle clothing, which you also use at home. However, thick leather trousers and bulky biker boots can be dispensed with due to the temperatures to be expected. We prefer light, half-height leather boots. In addition, light (thin) rainwear just in case. 1 or 2 spare jeans, 3-4 T-shirts, 1-2 long-sleeved shirts, 1 thick sweatshirt or sweat jacket, wash bag. Sometimes it makes sense to only take underwear with you, for example, which you can simply dispose of as waste in the hotel after use. Just as a little tip. You can buy stockings everywhere for a little money.
If something is missing in principle, this is not a problem or a broken leg, because you can buy everything in the supermarkets along the way.
And in addition, of course, what you want to take with you, such as photo equipment, notebook, etc.
If it's fresh in the morning, which is usually very rare, we dress like an "onion" so that we can take off one or the other on the way...
Here we have put together a non-binding checklist for you to download. Just follow this link:
Do I have to pack and unpack my items individually from the motorcycle cases every day?
Of course, you are NOT spared this circumstance. However, if you pack your motorcycle cases carefully and thoughtfully, you will easily find that none of this is a problem. For example, you can pack all your utensils into different small bags or bags according to type and use, so that you only have to take these kinds of bags out of the suitcase, depending on what you need at the moment.
The motorcycles are generally parked safely in the parking lots of the hotels and accommodations organized by us.
Is there an information event about these tours?
Since our participants usually come from different countries, a personal event with all participants in advance is hardly feasible. That's why we hold a personal Zoom meeting with each individual participant and any pillion in order to be able to clarify everything that is important and essential in advance.
How do I book a tour or how do I register?
Tour registrations are only made online using the “Book a Tour” and “Tour Register” registration forms on our website. The registration form is available in 4 different languages.
After receiving your registration, we will arrange a personal Zoom meeting to discuss all your questions and suggestions. When we have gone through all the points and you have decided on the individual features, such as a single or double room, which rental motorcycle, etc., we will then send you a tour confirmation and an invoice for the tour services, such as overnight stays, ferries, etc., and the selected rental motorcycle.
How do I pay for the trip?
After your online registration and the personal Zoom meeting, after we know exactly what we can expect from each other, you will receive an invoice from us as well as the legally required security certificate (insolvency insurance).
A deposit of EUR 500 is required to make the reservation legally binding. Only after receipt of the reservation fee you are registered according to applicable law.
You must pay the remainder of the total invoice amount no later than 60 days before the start of the tour.
We use the funds, for example, to pay for overnight stays, ferries, and other necessary operations in advance.
In any case, we recommend that you take out travel cancellation insurance (which will be discussed again during registration or at the Zoom meeting).
You can find more detailed information in our General Terms and Conditions, which you can view on our website.
Or just follow this link:
Which insurances are necessary?
A trip worth several thousand Euros or US Dollar should be insured accordingly. It goes without saying that the general risk is higher on a motorcycle tour than, for example, on a pure hotel stay with a pool, a boat trip, or a bus trip. The medical care in the countries to be visited is certainly different, but sufficient. However, without presenting a credit card or appropriate insurance regarding any necessary treatment, problems can quickly arise.
A sufficient amount of liability, fully comprehensive and theft insurance is already available for the rental motorcycle. The deductible in the event of damage is EUR 1,000. However, the excess can be reduced to 0 EUR for very little money. We will explain more about this at our Zoom meeting or simply follow this link:
Otherwise, we recommend taking out the following insurance:
Travel cancellation insurance (if you are unable to travel or in case you need to cancel the trip and return home earlier)
International health insurance (in case you need medical help locally)
Certain services are often already covered by your credit card. In any case, you should inform yourself about the services of the respective provider before you leave!
In general, the following guidelines for necessary insurance should be considered:
What type of travel protection is included within your credit card?
We recommend travel cancellation insurance, holiday guarantee/travel interruption insurance, health insurance for trips abroad including medically sensible return transport, luggage insurance, possibly a 24-hour emergency call service.
Which people are insured? Only the cardholder (within credit cards) or the pillion too?
What is your insured travel price?
Does your credit card travel protection only apply when paying by credit card?
Does your travel insurance apply worldwide and for the entire duration of the trip?
Do you have to register your trip with the insurer?
Is your luggage sufficiently insured? (Recommendation: at least EUR 2,000 per person)
Is there a 24-hour emergency number from an experienced and knowledgeable travel insurer in case of illness and emergencies such as loss of travel funds and important travel documents?
On our homepage we offer various travel insurances from well-known insurance companies. Including Global+Rescue. In our opinion, an absolute MUST. You can find more information about this under the link:
Of course, we will also generally discuss this topic at our Zoom meeting.
How much cash do I have to take with me?
That is of course up to each individual. Some like to pay by credit card, others prefer to pay with cash. However, you should take a few hundred USD or EUR with you. We do not recommend larger bills than 50 USD or EUR.
Otherwise, there is an ATM on every corner. So, don`t be worried.
How much money should I allow for the gas on such a tour?
With the daily riding distances, we usually must fill up 1 to 1.5 times. Depending of course on your driving style. Depending on the country we are riding in, the cost of filling up the tank is between EUR 15 and EUR 25. In other words, on average 20 EUR per riding day. Or simply calculate 25 to 30 EUR per riding day for safety reasons.
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