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First time abroad by bike

Discussion in 'Touring Issues' started by Daniel, Jun 16, 2019.

  1. Daniel

    Daniel Registered User


    I'm going to take my blackbird over the water hopefully to Germany via other places.

    Is there anything I MUST have with me and anything I should have with me ?
    If someone could provide a list that would be most helpful.

    Also any tips ?
  2. Malone

    Malone Been there, and had one Club Sponsor

    Credit card
    Breakdown cover
    Everything else you can buy
  3. Daniel

    Daniel Registered User


    I thought you were supposed to have a breathalyser and spare bulbs etc

    If I go i was looking at Paris, Switzerland, Germany, Belgium, home
  4. andyBeaker

    andyBeaker Moderator Staff Member Moderator Club Sponsor

    In terms of the bike personally I would take a spare reg/rec and generator. If anything is going to give up on the Bird it is likely to be the charging system. Can imagine it would be a pain in the neck sourcing those parts quickly abroad. Battery will be readily available.
  5. Squag1

    Squag1 Can't remember.... Club Sponsor

  6. johnboy

    johnboy rather fond of a cream bun Club Sponsor

    Check the RAC or AA websites. On a practical note, moving off from a petrol station or other pit stop double check you're on the correct side of the road might sound obvious but easily done wrong.
  7. Daniel

    Daniel Registered User

    Maybe I'll do UK this trip and Europe when I have more time to plan !
  8. Malone

    Malone Been there, and had one Club Sponsor

    Oh don’t plan it, just do it. Europe is far friendlier than the UK towards bikers. Just have an idea in your head where you want to go, have a look online at those areas and go for it. With my Garmin all fired up I’ve been all over without the need of a map, I’ve never been lost, just been to lots of lovely places I hadn’t intended to go to.
  9. noobie

    noobie Clueless in most things Read Only

    Eu multi charger, take a picture of your licence on your phone in case you lose your licence, same for the passport,insurance certificate. You can of course scan these, send them to yourself as an email then you will have access to them as long as you have a internet device of some kind.

    Call your insurance company and check what, if any limitations you have on your policy for eu travel and breakdown recovery.

    Ideally a puncture repair kit and spare bulb kit?
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  10. Daniel

    Daniel Registered User


    I have a rough idea but reading peoples responses I'm having second thoughts .
    Take spare parts, travel ins which I'd not thought about admittedly.

    I was just going to get on and go ha ha silly me !!
  11. Malone

    Malone Been there, and had one Club Sponsor

    Well I suppose I’ve always travelled on new-ish bikes when over there, I guess if you’re going by ‘bird it’ll be a fair bit older. But life is for living if you put off doing something you may look back and regret not just ‘doing’

    My new Blackbird in 99 had a duff battery, but soon learned to bumpstart it 2 up with luggage. we were at the Bol D’or in the south of France in 40 degree heat.

    My Busa broke up a rear wheel bearing in Germany on my way back from Poland, it was 4/5 years old then. The AA got me sorted and I wasn’t unduly inconvenienced, it just extended my trip by an extra day.

    I cut open my left ankle badly in a swimming pool in Andorra and rode home after treatment, that was fun (not), but the hospital was very quick and efficient.

    I dropped my ZZR1400 in Sardinia on gravel and tore a hamstring, but although painful I rode home OK.

    None of that put me off going.

    I think something has happened on every trip I’ve been on, but mostly stuff tolook back on and laugh about, but mostly nothing nasty and I’ve been amazed at the friendliness of most of the people, from strangers stopping alongside when we looked lost, we weren’t we were waiting for someone to turn around, who enquired if we needed directions. Can you imagine that happening over here? Then the time we were looking for an overnight stopover, walking up the main street in Andermatt CH, as we approached a hotel the lady owner greeted us with “if you want rooms do you want to see the garage first for the bikes to be safe?” I’ve been back there nearly 15 times. Several hotels took their cars out of their personal garage so we could park our bikes safely. And the cafe that opened on a Sunday night in France specially for 5 bikers to make us food.

    I could go on. But honestly, if I had the opportunity to go off a short notice I’d grab the stuff I’ve mentioned first and GO.

    Make sure your tyres will last the trip, it was awkward finding 2 tyres for one muppet in Budapest one year.
  12. Daniel

    Daniel Registered User

    Sounds good.
    I guess the major difference is that I'll be travelling alone and never done it before !
    Yea tyres could be an issue I'm aware that I've only 1mm left.
    Maybe if you have the time during this week we could have a chat ?
    Not sure how to send numbers privately on here though !
  13. andyBeaker

    andyBeaker Moderator Staff Member Moderator Club Sponsor

    "Could be"

    They already are!!

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  14. sr71caspar

    sr71caspar B̶a̶n̶n̶e̶d̶ Club Sponsor

    Click on the name of the person, select 'start a conversation'
  15. Daniel

    Daniel Registered User

    Andy Beaker

    By 1mm left I mean left to ride on lol
    Rear is at 3mm ish
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  16. noobie

    noobie Clueless in most things Read Only

    Be realistic.

    There are some people who can ride alone and day to day never know where they will end up but will always find a place to doss, a friendly place and deal with any situation thrown at them

    There are other who without meticulous planning, can end up an emotional wreck and it can hit them quite hard

    Most I suspect are in the middle with an occasional journey into both extremes

    So be realistic about what you want from that break away, allow time into it for occasional occurences and only do what you feel you can comfortably personally manage

    I'd try some track events like bsb and not the closest ones or a long weekend break to get in the seat experience
  17. Daniel

    Daniel Registered User

    I've been riding for years just not on something suitable for touring !
    I've no problem going it alone but any help always appreciated
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  18. noobie

    noobie Clueless in most things Read Only

    In that case make sure you replace the standard seat for one that has been made for comfort and also take a few pairs of cycling wicking shorts with gel inserts.

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