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Please advise on US-locations similar to WestWorld, Magnificent Seven landscape [closed]

I'm a European and a huge fan of long distance offroad-motorcycle travel, would love to hear some advice on "wild-west" landscape locations (for the lack of a better word). Something similar to The ...
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Legality of Driving a Motorcyle in Vietnam as a Foreigner

Motor scooters and mopeds are the main form of transport in Vietnam. They can be seen everywhere from the smallest alley in a city to remote mountain villages. As such, many tourists choose to adopt a ...
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How to avoid letting a rental business hold my passport in Thailand?

I'm considering renting a motorcycle in Thailand, and the terms on the rental company's website state they will hold my passport for the duration of the rental. While I do not intend to leave the ...
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Are motorised two-wheelers allowed to drive on bicycle lanes in Belgium?

I recently spent a couple days in Belgium. As I was happily walking around the various cities I visited I was nearly ran over thrice by motorised two-wheelers (mopeds, scooters, pizza-delivery guys, ...
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How to protect one's lungs while driving a motorcycle through heavily polluted cities?

I drive a motorcycle, occasionally in heavily polluted areas in developing countries. Sometimes the smog is quite bad. The above image may look like a broken down bus to some, but it's actually a ...
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Can I really finance a Silk Road trip, from India to the UK, by importing and selling the motorcycle?

Recently I've heard a friend of mine talking about doing a silk route trip from South India all the way to the U.K. on a Royal Enfield motorcycle. The way he explained it, people purchase a brand new ...
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What measures can one take to keep a motorcycle safe during a road trip?

I'm mostly thinking in terms of theft prevention. I have heard solutions from, "Keep her chained in the parking lot," all the way up to, "Get a ground floor hotel room and ride/push the bike inside ...
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Motorbikes in Thailand and Laos

Does anyone know of a place to hire motorbikes in Thailand, say Bangkok or Chiang Mai, and ride them into Laos and back? The trip will be self-guided and should take no longer than two weeks.
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Flying with motorcycling gear

I'm planning a trip to recover a motorcycle from a distant city. The ideal trip would be flying to that location and coming back riding the bike, but that would require me to transport my riding gear ...
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Malaysia to Papua New Guinea by motorcycle?

Is it possible to ride from Malaysia to Papua New Guinea by motorcycle. Any help would be much appreciated.
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Labuan Bajo to Ruteng to Bajawa by motorcycle, possible?

I'm in Indonesia, in Flores island, and I want to go from Labuan Bajo to Ruteng and then to Bajawa by motorcycle but I'm unsure of the state of the road. If you can provide the following details that'...
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Motorcycle ride to Malaysia from Singapore avoiding expressways

I am planning to get a cruiser bike in Singapore and I have a valid Singapore license. I want to go visit the Malaysian towns and villages on my motorcycle. I want to do it alone. But I heard some ...
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What is the price range to rent a motorbike in Myanmar for a day?

I've been reading several blogs, guide books and magazines and I'm a bit confused about what is the right price range to pay for rent a motorbike (scooter) one day (24 hours). For instance, in Vietnam ...
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What documents are required to drive a motorcycle from Kazakhstan to China?

A French citizen will travel Beijing and Shanghai in China by motorcycle and he had a Chinese visa from the embassy of China in Paris. The details of the motorcycle are: brand, model and year: ...
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Shipping motorcycles from Russia to USA

A friend and I are thinking of doing a motorcycle trip around the world (Long Way Round). I know the airport in Magadan is now closed. Does anyone know of an airline which would ship two motorbikes ...
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Cheap accommodation in Spain

I am traveling to Spain (especially Andalusia) next month by motorcycle and I am looking for a means of cheap accommodation for over-nights (one night at time). Of course there are the Youth Hostels, ...
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Free parking for motorbikes in Paris

I was wondering if motorbike parking is free in Paris as it happens to be in, for example, Madrid. I also read about parking on the pavement on this page: "Parking of two-wheeled vehicles on the ...
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Does a moped need a Carnet de Passage for Iran?

Some countries like Iran ask for a Carnet de Passage en Douanes (CPD) to pass through their territories riding a vehicle. It's clear that a car or motorbike needs this CPD and that a bike not, but ...
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Ride a 125cc scooter in Indonesia if I only have a European car licence?

I have a European car licence. But I don't have any motorcycle licence. Am I allowed to ride a 125cc scooter in Indonesia?
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What are the offroad regulations in UK?

May I ride a motorbike through a non strictly forbidden trail? Do I need some specific permission?
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Do I need a motorcycle licence to ride a motorcycle in Bolivia?

I have a type B European drivers licence with which I'm allowed to drive a car in my home country (i.e. not a motorcycle). Am I allowed to buy/rent a motorcycle in Bolivia and drive it? If not, ...
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Where and how to get a Carnet de Passage for a Pakistani Vehicle?

I am planning to travel to Europe on my Suzuki jeep. Where and how can I get a Carnet de Passage in Pakistan? I might even decide to do it on a motorbike if the Carnet turns out to be super expensive.....
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Bribing Indonesian police for missing motorbike license

I really hate to do this, but it seems like I most likely will have to bribe the police at some point because I do not have a motorbike license and I'm driving a scooter in Indonesia for several weeks....
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Going from Chandigarh to Leh

I am planning a road trip to Leh, Jammu & Kashmir, India, that's quite a place for motorcycle enthusiasts. However, due to some time constraint, I may not be starting my trip from Delhi. I ...
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Is it possible to drive your own motorbike in/around Siem Reap?

According to this site: Tourists are no longer allowed to rent motorcycles or cars, or drive a vehicle in Siem Reap. I have read several blog posts about Angkor Wat and that's the first time I ...
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Which motorcycles can I ride in the US with an Israel A1 license?

The A1 license allows me to ride any motorcycle up to 47.46hp in Israel. It is my understanding that in the US a distinction isn't made between motorcycles based on horsepower, and that any motorcycle ...
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Can I do six months in the USA on the VWP with a two week break in between?

I am British and therefore hopefully eligible for the VWP. I plan to ship my motorbike to the USA, fly from the UK to meet it there and ride around for three months. Then in order to comply with the ...
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Scooter on Crete, Greece

I wanted to explore the eastern part of Crete, namely Balos Beach, Falassarna and Elafonissi, from Kissamos by scooter. However, I get conflicting information here on the island. Some say that the ...
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Carnet insurance for driving into Iran?

I'm thinking of driving my motorbike to Iran. I've heard you need a 500% Carnet de Passages en Douane (CPD) to get into Iran, which would cost ~ €10,000 → €15,000. However I don't have that kind of ...
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Is my US Driver's License valid in Costa Rica for Motorcycles?

I will be in Costa Rica for an extended period — long enough that it would make sense for me to rent a vehicle for the duration rather than rely on taxis. Based on what I've observed of the traffic ...
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Motorcycle rentals in Spain, licence restrictions

I'm planning a 3 day motorcycling trip around Seville, Spain. I'm from EU, and have had a full motorcycle licence for less than a year. The rentals I've found on internet so far seem to require that ...
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How to safely turn right in Thailand

On Thai roads people drive on the left. Strangely enough: Right-side flashing indicator lights tell the vehicle behind that they may pass / overtake. Left-blinking lights indicate that it's not safe ...
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What documents required in order to pass by motorcycle from Turkey to Northern Iraq?

For example, a Spanish citizen wants to go from Spain to India overland by motorcycle via France, Italy, Slovenia, Croatia, Serbia, Bulgaria, turkey (crossing from Europe to Asia is made via the first ...
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Thai drivers license in Costa Rica

I have a Thai Drivers license and Motorcycle license. Is this valid to rent a car / motorcycle in Costa Rica?
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What are the requirements for motorcycle trip across Europe with US registered motorcycle?

I have a 2003 Harley Davidson soft tail deuce that I would like to transport by ship to Amsterdam from New Jersey, and then ride the motorcycle from Amsterdam to Istanbul Turkey, where I plan to sell ...
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Is a driving licence needed to drive a scooter in Ibiza?

I will be visiting Ibiza soon. I found that scooters there are available for tourists on a daily basis. I do not have a driving licence of any kind. I could not find any information whether driving ...
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Can I legally drive a motorcycle in California with a New Zealand motorcycle license?

A friend of mine is travelling to the states and wants to tour around SoCal on a motorbike. He has his motorcycle license in New Zealand. Is it legal for him to ride in California? Are there any ...
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Can I cross the border from Vietnam to China with a motorcycle? [closed]

Last year, I spent one month in Vietnam. I know it is very easy to buy a used motorcycle there. Crossing the border to Cambodia is very difficult. I met people who made it into Cambodia with their ...
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Can I ride a 50cc motorcycle in the UK with my NZ car licence?

I'm thinking of doing a motorcycle trip around the UK & Ireland later on this year. I have a NZ car licence and a "learners" motorcycle licence - Similar to an A1 licence in the UK. I understand ...
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Is it possible to go from Probolinggo to Bromo on a motorbike?

I would like to avoid the packaged tours, and go to Bromo (Cemoro Lawang) from Probolinggo on a scooter. This looks not only cheaper but also nicer and more fun. My only concern is the state of the ...
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Yogyakarta to mount Merapi by scooter, possible?

I would like to avoid the packaged tours, and go to mount Metapi (Selo village) from Yogyakarta by motorbike (scooter). I read Selo village, where the hike to the top of Merapi starts, is about 3h ...
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Motorbike rental in Japan

Where and what price to rent a motorbike in Japan to travel around independently. What are normal prices? Based on the price I am thinking either a 5 to 20 day period. I have no special expectation ...
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Are there any countries in South-East Asia that don't require a motorcycle licence to ride one?

I only have an European car drivers licence and I'm wondering if it is possible to rent/buy a motorcycle somewhere in South-East Asia and ride it. Is it allowed in some countries in that area? Or are ...
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Getting a vehicle as a temporary resident in New South Wales, Australia [closed]

I've been living in Sydney for about half a year now, with 1 more year on my visa (and hopefully a sponsorship to follow). I'm interested in getting a motorbike to allow me to explore the area better....
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Is it possible to ride a motorbike through Sumatra, Java, Bali, Lombok, Sumbawa & Flores?

I believe it is possible to ride a motorbike from west to east of Indonesia in the following order: Sumatra, Java, Bali, Lombok, Sumbawa & Flores. Obviously, this epic journey would involve weeks ...
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Where can I drive motorcycles in Europe with the Chinese driving license (C1)?

I have a Schengen visa (the type is student, not travelling) and a Chinese driving license (C1). I expect to take a motorcycle trip. My friend told me that they drove the motorcycle in 'Las Palmas ...
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Cairns to Mt Isa by motorcycle

I'm travelling around Australia by motorcycle and looking to go from Cairns to Mt Isa in Queensland via Route 1 and Route 83. I have two questions: Are these roads fully sealed? If not, what is the ...
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Can I travel from Labuan Bajo to Labuan Lombok by ferry with a motorbike?

In Indonesia, is it possible to go by ferry from Labuan Bajo to Labuan Lombok with a motorbike?
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Is there any motorbike rental in Kuala Lumpur? [closed]

I would like to know if there's any motorbike rental service in Kuala Lumpur? How much would be daily and what are the documents needed to rent the bike? How much deposit do you have to pay up front? ...
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Motorcycle survival in San Francisco

I am visiting San Francisco and I find that renting electric scooters (🛵 not 🛴) is my only practical means of getting around the city. However, since motorcycles have something of a reputation when ...