Got your paperwork?
Obviously don’t forget your passport! It’s a good idea to keep it with you at all times while you’re away. You may need it with you if you pass over any borders and some hotels and campsites might also require it when you check in.
Keep your driving licence close to hand too. If you do get stopped by the police you may need to produce it on request.
All EU countries require you to have your original V5 registration document with you too. This provides proof that your bike is registered to you. In France for example, the police have the power to detain you if you can’t prove the bike is yours – not a great way to spend your holiday!
As well as your passport, driving licence and V5, you’ll also need to make sure that you’ve got your motorcycle insurance in good order. Don’t just assume that your insurance allows you to ride in other countries. If it doesn’t, you can usually contact your insurance provider to arrange temporary cover while you’re abroad for the duration of the trip. While talking to them, it’s a good idea to ask what you should do in case of an accident or for that matter, if your bike gets stolen.
Whenever you go abroad, it’s always a good idea to put travel insurance in place. It’s all well and good having breakdown cover to protect your bike if it gets ill, but what about you? Comprehensive travel insurance will ensure that you can access the right level of medical care wherever you are while you’re away. It could also provide protection for items should they get damaged, lost or stolen.