Above: Riding the trails through the Cardamom Mountains of Cambodia with Ride Expeditions
“BUY THE TICKET, TAKE THE RIDE.”
-Hunter S. Thompson
It doesn’t matter if you’re a grizzled ADV veteran who’s already dropped pins all over the world map, or a tenderfoot noob with chickenstrips on their tires as wide as the cuff on a hipster’s jeans, the offseason can be depressing for any motorcyclist that doesn’t live near the equator.
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You could easily spend your winter eating peanut-butter-and-jealous sandwiches watching Youtube videos of other riders having awesome adventures abroad. Or instead, you could exchange a dent in your credit card balance for an experience that will not only warm your winter, but will enrich both your worldview and your riding skills. We endorse the latter.
Check out these fantastic warm weather destinations and riding itineraries from some of the best in motorcycle travel services:
With overland access to the Andes Mountains and the Amazon Jungle, Ecuador is widely regarded as having some of the best and most diverse terrain for both rugged off-road riding as well as paved twisties. This South American country also offers cheap gas, low traffic, diversity of climate, altitude, and culture in a relatively safe democratic republic. Our own @wander4days is embarking on a self-guided tour there this month.
Ecuador Freedom Bike Rental
On or Off Road Self Guided & Guided Tours, Rentals.
Guided tours January - March (Full Calendar)
What’s Included: Helmets, gloves, unlimited milage, GPS tracking, emergency breakdown kit & 24 hour breakdown coverage
Some more South American gems, touring Chile and Argentina can seriously take your breath away. Whether it’s because of the high altitude of their massive glaciated volcanoes, the views of their many pristine lakes, or their abundant culture and cuisine… be prepared to be wowed.
February 20th - March 9th
What You'll Ride: BMW F 700 GS, F 800 GS, R 1200 GS
What’s Included: Airport transfers, Motorcycle Rental, Fuel, Tolls, Support vehicle, accommodation, some meals, national park entrances & more
A locale infamously synonymous with the word “exotic,” this country in Northern Africa also sports some of the best riding in the world. Whether it’s experiencing the sights and smells of Marrakesh, or cruising through an African desert environment, this destination is sure to warm you up.
February 11-25, March 11-25
What You'll Ride: BMW F 700 GS, F 800 GS, R 1200 GS, R 1200 GS, R 1200 R, R 1200 RT, R 1000 XR
What’s Included: Transfers, ferries, tolls, insurance, accommodation, some meals, multilingual guide
You don’t need a passport to escape winter and have an amazing ride. With varied terrain for all off-road skill levels and domestic accessibility, a weekend fly & ride here can cure that jones for warm weather and not demand too much time off or break your bank account.
Oregon Motorcycle Rental
Guided Tours & Day Rentals Anytime Now Through March
What You'll Ride: 2017 Husqvarna TX 300, 2017 KTM 150 XC-W, 250 XC, 350 XC-F
What's Included: Gear, Trail Tech/Guide
As a team mostly made up of New Yorkers, the BikeMinds crew might concede that the West coast is the best coast when it comes to year-long riding. While clearly warmer in SoCal, we decided to post Northern Cali and the Bay Area for this list, due to its diversity of riding terrain as well as scenery. While maybe not as warm or exotic as an arid desert or tropical jungle, it’s tough to argue against strafing corners around giant redwood trees and the epic majesty of riding along the Big Sur coastline.
Self Guided Tours & Rentals anytime March through April
What You'll Ride: BMW F700GS, F800GS, F800GT, F800R, R Nine T, R1200GS, R1200RS, R1200RT, or S1000XR, Ducati Hyperstrada, Monster 821, Multistrada, or Scrambler
What's Included: 4 day bike rental, 5 night accomodation, transport from airport, luggage, local support, GPS with routes & guides
6: Cambodia, Vietnam, & Laos
If you’ve never been to Southeast Asia before, traveling by motorcycle would offer you a truly immersive experience, as most of it’s people also move via two-wheels. An insane amalgam of diverse culture and vibrant food, along with dense rain forest terrains and manic city streets, seeing the temples and riding the topography of this region would provide you with plenty of stories to regale your buddies at home with after a spectacular trip.
January 27-February 8, February 20-24
What You'll Ride: Modified Kawasaki KLX, KTM EXC 450
What's Included: Airport pick-up, guide/mechanic, support vehicle, accommodations, fuel, tolls & entrance fees
Mix a temperate Caribbean locale with a totally unique cultural experience and you get this island country. Few places this close to the continental US offer such a dynamic mix of old-world aesthetics, musical heritage, and distinctive food. The trapped-in-time automotive culture alone is worth the (minor) hassle of travel documentation for American gearheads.
Edelweiss Bike Travel
January 21-31, February 22-March 4th
What You'll Ride: BMW F 700 GS, R 1200 GS, Triumph Tiger 800
Suggested vendor: Leod Escapes
International Tours with Track Time & California Sport Touring
Leod Escapes is headquartered in the San Francisco Bay Area. We specialize in International tours with “Track Time”. That means sport touring the best curvy roads for week and riding a proper sport bike on a famous race course. Leod Escapes pioneered the concept of “Track & Tour” and each year we seek to add a new destination to keeps things fresh and exciting. Since we are located in the best place for motorcycle sport touring the USA we also do GPS self guided and custom tours in Northern California.