Australia is both a country and a continent, and if you like the idea of exploring the wonders of our sun-kissed land, going on two wheels offers the ultimate touring experience. Whether you are a novice or a seasoned rider, here are a few tips to ensure that your expeditions are trouble-free.
- The Right Bike – Touring Australia demands a special kind of bike, and with a state-of-the-art mid-range touring bike and cheap Yamaha motorcycle finance, you are good to go! Comprehensive bike insurance is a must, as your valuable asset would be expensive to replace, and choose a bike that is not too heavy and has off-road capabilities, such as the Yamaha touring range. Recovery bike insurance will give you peace of mind, as they will send a trailer and take you and the bike to your desired location, and that costs a few dollars a year.
- Spares – Certain components can be packed in one of the panniers; spark plugs and tyre repair kits, plus a standard spanner and socket set that is designed for on the road use.
- Protective Clothing – You do need some serious protection, and when skin meets tarmac, the result can be very painful; leather pants and a jacket is ideal, and if you can afford it, a one-piece set of leathers is perfect. Boots with ankle support and a pair of motorcycle gloves completes the outfit, minus the full-face helmet, of course.
- Guided Tours – You might be adventurous enough to head off into the sunrise with just a map, but if you would rather a guided tour, there are online providers, and whether on their bike, or your own, you and an experienced guide can experience the unique wilderness of the Outback.
- Panniers and Saddlebags – For touring, you will need ample storage and depending on the make and model of your bike, there will be add-ons and you can have all the storage space you need. Hard bike backpacks are a great way to increase you carrying capacity, and tank bags make good use of space.
- Solar Blanket – If you plan on camping out for a few nights. Invest in a solar blanket and a small lithium-iron battery, which will provide all the power you need.
Always be well prepared and carry your driving licence, insurance and reg docs somewhere safe and dry, as the last thing you want is an issue with the police.