Our motorcycle tour of the Garden Route in South Africa is simply sublime in every way… The riding, the accommodation, the scenery, food,…
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Motorcycling in Patagonia is adventure in its purest form: forget busy highways with convenient fuel stations and roadside cafes, bustling cities and fast…
Because of the very nature of adventure motorcycling, just about any country or continent can be a fantastic destination for a tour. However, it’s hard to argue that the most iconic adventure motorcycle destinations are South America, Africa, and Asia. Out there, you truly leave the Western world behind and travel places so different from the familiar and boasting so many awe-inspiring landscapes you’re guaranteed to get your fill of freedom and adventure.
Southern Africa is one of our favourite adventure bike destinations for several reasons. In South Africa, you go from the cheerful buzz of Cape Town to complete wilderness in a matter of a couple hundred miles, ride the stunning coastal roads, and sample the best braai and South African wine on Earth. Namibia and Botswana offer breath-taking desert scenery and incredible wildlife sightings, while in Zimbabwe, you get to see the majestic Victoria Falls. Finally, our Cape to Cairo expeditions make for the ultimate adventure motorcycle trip: covering thousands of miles and several different countries, this is a ride of a lifetime.
In South America, guided adventure motorcycle tours focus on Patagonia, the land of vast open spaces, snow-capped Andes Mountains, turquoise-blue lagoons, pristine nature, and ancient glaciers covering the southern lakes. The mysterious Tierra del Fuego, the epic bucket list destination Ushuaia – the southernmost city of the world and the end of all roads – and the extraordinary gaucho culture complete the tour, and we’ve witnessed riders getting seriously addicted to riding Patagonia and coming back for more.
In Asia, the mighty Himalayan Mountains await. Riding some of the highest mountain passes in the world, catching a glimpse of Mount Everest, getting close to the Tibetan Plateau, and exploring millennia-old Buddhist temples and monasteries along the way make adventure motorcycle tours in Asia one of a kind. Riding India and Nepal, you’ll discover a world so ancient, so extraordinary, and so mind-blowingly scenic you’ll feel like you’d just completed a Marco Polo expedition on your bike.
By design, adventure motorcycle tours are aimed at covering long distances, riding tarmac roads, and getting off the road every once in a while. The length of off-road sections will vary on every individual tour: some tours will have 50-50 off-road/on road ratio, some may have more or less of dirt miles, but in general, expect to ride everything: smooth pavement, rough sections, some dirt here and there, and just about everything in between.
For this, you need a comfortable, large-capacity motorcycle capable of longer distances and varying road conditions, and the undisputed king of adventure touring is the BMW GS. Depending on the destination and your personal preference, pick something like the BMW F750, F850, or the R1250 GS: these bikes are well-built, high-quality machines designed to take on any road and any terrain, and cater to any skill level. If you’re riding two-up, either of these BMW models will work great as these bikes have excellent suspension and your pillion passenger will be comfortable throughout the entire tour.
If you’re headed to India, however, Royal Enfield Himalayan is easily the most iconic bike for an adventure tour in the Himalayas. Smaller than the mighty GS but equally capable of tackling any terrain, Royal Enfields are fantastic for Indian roads and mountain passes, and they have long become a staple motorcycle for expeditions to the Everest Base Camp, Nepal, and Northern India.
Even on the best-planned and best-prepared guided adventure motorcycle tour with support vehicles & crews, you can expect the unexpected. No two ADV bike trips are ever the same and that’s the magic of adventure motorcycling. New experiences, sights and challenges await around every corner. The landscapes and terrain will change on a daily (sometimes hourly) basis, you’ll experience the local ways of life and ride incredible roads every step of the way. Whether you choose Africa, South America or Asia for your adventure motorcycle tour, you will be truly immersed in adventure – but we’ll make sure you come back in one piece and of course, grinning from ear to ear.
An adventure motorcycle tour will take you across high mountain passes, deserts & jungles. Along meandering coastal roads & through rugged, untouched wilderness. You will experience tarmac twisties and dusty gravel roads, sleeping in safari lodges and boutique guesthouses. The sheer diversity of landscapes, roads, and cultures you’ll experience on an adventure bike tour is staggering – and will create memories to last a lifetime.
Freedom is the magical component in any adventure. Leaving the comfy Western world behind an adventure motorcycle tour will get you right out of your comfort zone and into the wilderness. Free to ride, explore and discover. Back home it is all too easy forget that there still are wild places in this world, places with wide-open horizons and no phone service, places that inspire awe and are home to people living a different way of life. Adventure motorcycle tours are an excellent reminder that us humans are meant to roam free and discover the wider, bigger world every once in a while.
If there’s one thing that’s guaranteed on our adventure motorbike tours, regardless of destination, it’s the riding. Countless mountain hairpins and switchbacks, generous curves of the coastal routes, meandering desert trails and canyon carving are all on the menu when you go on a guided adventure motorcycle tour. After all, these tours are designed for riders by riders, and we know some of the world’s most spectacular motorcycling roads guaranteed to take your breath away.
Landscapes, scenery, and sheer motorcycling bliss aside, you’ll also get to immerse yourself in local cultures and experience what it’s like to go on an African safari, taste a Chilean asado prepared by local gauchos, or visit a Buddhist monastery perched atop a cliff in the Himalayas. Adventure motorcycle tours offer a glimpse into the diverse culture and heritage each country has to offer.