European Motorcycle Tours

Harley-Davidson Motorcycle Tours
in Europe and the USA

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16. European Riding Laws

16. European Riding Laws

In most countries in the world, traffic laws seldom change, but there seems to have been a recent spate of changes in Europe that affect motorcyclists, especially in France. Trying to keep up with and understand the latest laws can be challenging, so I have tried to set out here the main laws that apply to those of us riding motorcycles in mainland Europe.

14. Crit’Air – what you need to know

14. Crit’Air – what you need to know

Several cities in France have recently introduced a new scheme for controlling environmental pollution from vehicles.  This scheme is called Crit’Air and it applies to all vehicles (including British cars and motorcycles) wishing to use those cities.  This guide sets out what you need to know if riding in France.

13. Tips for riding in the USA

13. Tips for riding in the USA

Having ridden a 21,475 mile motorcycle road trip around America in four-and-a-half months, I saw and learned a lot about riding in the USA.  There are significant aspects about motorcycling in America that are different from where I live, and so I thought would be useful to pass this information onto other non-American bikers thinking of making a US road trip on a motorcycle. Hopefully you will find the guide useful.

12. The Top Ten Places to Ride on a Tour of The Wild Atlantic Way in Ireland

12. The Top Ten Places to Ride on a Tour of The Wild Atlantic Way in Ireland

The Wild Atlantic Way is the coast road on the west coast of Ireland and what a stunning place it is to ride. I have often been asked what are the best parts of the road to ride. Here are my top ten, in order of north to south.

11. Mounting a camera to your motorcycle

11. Mounting a camera to your motorcycle

Over many years of making videos of my motorcycle rides, I have tried a number of different ways of mounting a video camera to my bike.  This guide sets out the different systems I have used and recommends one – my favourite.

10. Ten things you really should know about your own Harley-Davidson

10. Ten things you really should know about your own Harley-Davidson

We all know somebody who knows everything imaginable about their Harley-Davidson motorcycle and their knowledge is impressive. They must have spent many hours reading and researching about their bike. Here is a simple list of ten things you really should know about your own Harley-Davidson.

9. What to pack for a motorcycle tour

9. What to pack for a motorcycle tour

Knowing what to pack for a motorcycle is always a balance between taking too much stuff and too little.  Getting it right is a challenge. This guide sets out a suggested list for what to pack under different situations.  You can tailor this list to suit your own personal needs and it might just make you think about some items that you don’t normally take.

8. Are you ride-fit?

8. Are you ride-fit?

Riders are sometimes caught out at the beginning of the riding season by not being physically fit enough to ride our bikes. You should think about this, especially if you are about to go on a long ride soon after not riding much over the winter.  This guide discusses this.

7. Paying for motorway tolls in Europe

7. Paying for motorway tolls in Europe

In many countries in Europe, you need to pay a toll to use their motorways. This guide sets out what you need to know before your set out on your cross-Europe tour, because if you are going to ride in some countries it is better to take action to pay for tolls BEFORE you get there.

6. Riding in a group using the buddy system

6. Riding in a group using the buddy system

Riding in a group can be great fun and making sure nobody gets lost is easy, providing you follow a few simple rules.  At Tour1, we take groups of riders on tours throughout Europe and the system we use to make sure we stay together is called ‘The Buddy System’ and this guide says how that system works.

5. Tips for riding in Europe

5. Tips for riding in Europe

Riding in mainland Europe is slightly different to riding in the UK or other parts of the world.  This guide gives advice about what you should think about before heading out – European laws, documents you should carry, road signs, packing your bike, motorway riding, paying for toll roads and much more.

4. European Speed Limits

4. European Speed Limits

Riding in mainland Europe is pretty straightforward, providing you follow a few simple rules.  One of those is don’t get caught speeding and of course, knowing the speed limit helps.  This guide sets out what the common speed limits are in most of the main European countries.

3. Disarming your Harley-Davidson motorcycle alarm

3. Disarming your Harley-Davidson motorcycle alarm

One day, while out riding, you will wish you knew how to disarm the alarm on your Harley-Davidson motorcycle. Or maybe your friends Harley. I guarantee that one day, this will happen.   This guide runs you through the steps you need to know to do this. Even if you don’t learn it now, you can look it up later when you are at the side of the road……

2. Preparing your motorcycle for winter

2. Preparing your motorcycle for winter

Depending on where you live, you probably need to do some things to your motorcycle to prepare it for winter. This guide sets out ten things you should consider doing to protect your bike and prepare your motorcycle for winter to have it ready to keep riding in the winter on the days when the weather is better.

1. Planning a USA Road Trip

1. Planning a USA Road Trip

In the first of a series of his motorcycling guides, Gary sets out how to plan a long road trip in the USA.  He sets out the different types of road trip and what to bear in mind when thinking about such a trip. He explains what worked for him when preparing for his own tour of the USA.