WHY CHOOSE RIDE EXPEDITIONS?
There are many motorcycle expedition companies out there (some good, some not so good!) and it can be difficult to know whether or not you are making the right choice. On this page we highlight some points that we feel should be a priority to every motorcycle tour operator. We also highlight some points we believe make us stand out above our competitors – the points that we believe make the difference between just a good motorcycle expedition company and an outstanding one.
Even if you choose not to tour with Ride Expeditions, these are still points you should bare in mind when considering going on a motorcycle expedition with any tour operator.
WHY CHOOSE US FOR YOUR MOTORCYCLE EXPEDITIONS HOLIDAY?
BOOK WITH CONFIDENCE!
As a UK travel company, we must adhere to the 1992 Package Travel Regulations. As such, we provide you the consumer with a financial guarantee. We are an affiliated member of the PTS (Protected Travel Services) who provide an independent trust account where you money is securely held. This gives you total financial security in the event that our company (or any of our suppliers) become insolvent or fail to deliver your tour as per our terms and conditions. We also have all the necessary liability insurances for our company.
Choose your tour company carefully… many travel insurance companies will not pay out if you travel with an illegal operator (and there are lots of them)!
We take your safety very seriously. We do everything we can pre-tour to ensure that our customers are booking onto a tour that is appropriate for their skill level. We promote sensible riding and never push anyone to go faster than they are comfortable with. All tours are accompanied by a western medic and a SPOT Tracker. Our support vehicles carry substantial medical kits, including an oxygen bottles (just in case).
DAMAGE EXCESS PLAN
Worried about damaging our motorcycles? In the countries in which we operate it is only possible to obtain ‘third-party only’ insurance policies on the motorcycles, meaning you will be liable for any damage caused to your motorcycle through fault of your own. Due to this limitation, Ride Expeditions has developed a ‘Major Damage Protection‘ plan. From an extra US $20 per day you will be protected for any motorcycle damage in excess of US $250.
We embark on epic adventures into some extremely remote locations. To do so on a sub-standard machine is unacceptable and irresponsible. We understand the importance of proper maintenance and no bike is cleared to go on tour unless we are 100% confident it meets our high standards.
WHAT MAKES OUR MOTORCYCLE EXPEDITIONS DIFFERENT?
Part profits from each and every ride are donated to a Cambodian charity called ‘M’Lop Tapang’. Every year we also run a ‘charity motorcycle ride’ with 100% of the profits going to M’Lop Tapang.
We also like to help out the local communities we ride through in any way we can – for example, we sponsor a school in the Ratanakiri province of Cambodia, providing them with learning materials, toys and school uniforms.
WE ONLY USE THE BEST
The local guides are the real stars of the show on the Expeditions team. Our guides are among the best of the best and have accumulated a vast amount of skills and knowledge, achievable only through years and years of experience. The sense of comfort you get from riding with seasoned professionals can not be replicated with a GPS and a fancy toolkit… we would not dream of touring without them.
OUR SUPPORT VEHICLES DO MORE THAN JUST CARRY YOUR LUGGAGE
Our support vehicles also carry a substantial medical kit (including an oxygen bottle and defibrillator… just in case!), an array of spare parts and a spare bike. So, should you or the bike fall ill we’ll be able to fix the issue and get you back on the road in no time. We always ensure that the vehicle is never fully loaded, meaning that if you need to ‘sit out’ on any of the riding days for any reason, you can ride in the comfort of an air-conditioned 4×4. The support vehicle will often meet with the group at lunch to provide a welcome western style picnic.
WE ‘GO THAT EXTRA MILE’
SENDING YOU HOME JUST ‘HAPPY’ IS NOT GOOD ENOUGH FOR US… WE WANT TO ‘BLOW YOU AWAY‘ AND GIVE YOU THE EXPERIENCE OF A LIFETIME!
This is your holiday and it is our responsibility to ensure it is the best it can possibly be. This is a responsibility we take very seriously. We give you a pre-tour phone call to ensure all questions are answered and you’re ready for the tour ahead; we’re happy to advise on any pre/post tour accommodation/activities/flights/transfers; we will take care of any special requests you have during the tour (want a birthday party organised?)… the list goes on. We believe it’s these small personal touches that really make a big difference to your overall enjoyment… and that is of course the whole point!