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Welcome to the GlobeRiders FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions) page!


Here, in no particular order, you will find questions, answers and information about who we are, what we do, and how we do it. As is true throughout the site, highlighted text is clickable. Please spend some time learning about the many aspects of global touring the way we do it, and if you have a question that isn't covered here, send it to us by clicking here and we'll answer it as best we can via reply. If it is a good one, we will add it to the site. Check back often, as we'll be adding new content on a regular basis.


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001. What is "GlobeRiders"?

002. Who/What is a "GlobeRider"?

003. What countries does GlobeRiders conduct Adventure Tours in?

004. What is an Adventure Tour?

005. What Adventure Tours are currently available?

006. What is the tour package fee for your Adventure Tours?

007. What IS included in the package fee?

008. What IS NOT included in the tour package fee?

009. Can anyone join a GlobeRiders Adventure tour?

010. How do I make a reservation for an Adventure Tour?

011. How do I qualify for an Adventure Tour?

012. Once I qualify, what happens next?

013. What is your cancellation policy?

014. What kind of motorcycles are qualified for the tour and how must they be outfitted?

015. What rider apparel will I need?

016. Do I need camping gear?

017. Do I need insurance?

018. Do I need vaccinations or other "travel medicine"?

019. Where can I find out about your previous tours and expeditions?

020. Can I bring a spouse, family member or friend?

021. Is a portable GPS (Global Positioning System) receiver required for your tours?

022. Is it possible to extend my tour beyond the published tour dates?

023. When I ship my bike, do I really need to purchase supplementary cargo or shipping insurance?

023. Can I participate in your tours even if I don't live in the United States?



001. What is "GlobeRiders"?





GlobeRiders, LLC is a small but highly diversified company founded by Helge Pedersen.  We are focused on global moto-adventure touring. We are located in the city of Seattle, in the State of Washington, USA. In addition to our personal and sponsored expeditions throughout the world, we also conduct some of the longest-duration motorcycles tours on the planet, and include shipment of your personal motorbike as part of our tour package service. Helge is a professional photographer. For more information about GlobeRiders, please click here.

002. Who/What is a "GlobeRider"?


A GlobeRider is anyone with a love of motorcycling, travel, and the yearning for adventure. Some are fortunate enough to realize "the dream".  A small but growing cadre within this elite group are the awesome riders who have joined us on our tours.  Others realize the dream on their own. Some dream about riding through foreign lands while they're at work, home or play. They are all GlobeRiders.



We also hope we've planted a GlobeRider seed in the many people that we've met along the way, just as they have helped, fascinated and educated by simply sharing this planet and their lives with us.


YOU are a GlobeRider!


To view the biographies of our staff members, please click on their names(s) below:


GlobeRider Norm Smith with a proud mom and future GlobeRider, the photo taken in China during the World Tour 2004.

003. What countries does GlobeRiders conduct Adventure Tours in?

It's true!  We cover the world from A (Azerbaijan) to Z (Zambia) with a few points in between <g>. The twenty-seven countries we currently ride on our adventure tours are listed below. Each of the flag and coat of arm images is clickable and will take you to an explanatory webpage on Wikipedia - The Free Encyclopedia, authored and maintained by "GlobeWriters" everywhere!:


Azerbaijan, Republic of



National Flag



Coat of Arms

To view the US Department of State Consular Information Sheet on Azerbaijan, please click here.

The view the US Central Intelligence Agency World Factbook entry on Azerbaijan, please click here.


Botswana, Republic of



National Flag



Coat of Arms

To view the US Department of State Consular Information Sheet on Botswana, please click here.

The view the US Central Intelligence Agency World Factbook entry on Botswana, please click here.


Cambodia



National Flag



Coat of Arms

To view the US Department of State Consular Information Sheet on Cambodia, please click here.

The view the US Central Intelligence Agency World Factbook entry on Cambodia, please click here.


China, People's Republic of



National Flag



Coat of Arms

To view the US Department of State Consular Information Sheet on China, please click here.

The view the US Central Intelligence Agency World Factbook entry on China, please click here.


Czech Republic



National Flag



Coat of Arms

To view the US Department of State Consular Information Sheet on the Czech Republic, please click here.

The view the US Central Intelligence Agency's World Factbook entry on the Czech Republic, please click here.


Georgia, Republic of



National Flag



Coat of Arms

To view the US Department of State Consular Information Sheet on Georgia, please click here.

The view the US Central Intelligence Agency World Factbook entry on Georgia, please click here.


Germany, Federal Republic of



National Flag



Coat of Arms

To view the US Department of State Consular Information Sheet on Germany, please click here.

The view the US Central Intelligence Agency World Factbook entry on Germany, please click here.


Japan



National Flag



Coat of Arms

To view the US Department of State Consular Information Sheet on Japan, please click here.

The view the US Central Intelligence Agency World Factbook entry on Japan, please click here.


Kazakhstan




National Flag



Coat of Arms

To view the US Department of State Consular Information Sheet on Kazakhstan, please click here.

The view the US Central Intelligence Agency World Factbook entry on Kazakhstan, please click here.


Kyrgyz Republic




National Flag



Coat of Arms

To view the US Department of State Consular Information Sheet on Kyrgyzstan, please click here.

The view the US Central Intelligence Agency World Factbook entry on Kyrgyzstan, please click here.


Lao People's Democratic
Republic



National Flag



Coat of Arms

To view the US Department of State Consular Information Sheet on Lao, please click here.

The view the US Central Intelligence Agency World Factbook entry on Lao, please click here.


Lesotho, Kingdom of




National Flag



Coat of Arms

To view the US Department of State Consular Information Sheet on Lesotho, please click here.

The view the US Central Intelligence Agency World Factbook entry on Lesotho, please click here.


Malaysia



National Flag



Coat of Arms

To view the US Department of State Consular Information Sheet on Malaysia, please click here.

The view the US Central Intelligence Agency World Factbook entry on Malaysia, please click here.


Namibia, Republic of



National Flag



Coat of Arms

To view the US Department of State Consular Information Sheet on Namibia, please click here.

The view the US Central Intelligence Agency World Factbook entry on Namibia, please click here.


Poland, Republic of



National Flag



Coat of Arms

To view the US Department of State Consular Information Sheet on Poland, please click here.

The view the US Central Intelligence Agency World Factbook entry on Poland, please click here.


Russian Federation



National Flag



Coat of Arms

To view the US Department of State Consular Information Sheet on Russia, please click here.

The view the US Central Intelligence Agency World Factbook entry on Russia, please click here.


Singapore, Republic of



National Flag



Coat of Arms

To view the US Department of State Consular Information Sheet on Singapore, please click here.

The view the US Central Intelligence Agency World Factbook entry on Singapore, please click here.


Slovak Republic



National Flag



Coat of Arms

To view the US Department of State Consular Information Sheet on Slovakia, please click here.

The view the US Central Intelligence Agency World Factbook entry on Slovakia, please click here.


South Africa, Republic of



National Flag



Coat of Arms

To view the US Department of State Consular Information Sheet on South Africa, please click here.

The view the US Central Intelligence Agency World Factbook entry on South Africa, please click here.


Swaziland, Kingdom of



National Flag



Coat of Arms

To view the US Department of State Consular Information Sheet on Swaziland, please click here.

The view the US Central Intelligence Agency World Factbook entry on Swaziland, please click here.


Thailand, Kingdom of



National Flag



Coat of Arms

To view the US Department of State Consular Information Sheet on Thailand, please click here.

The view the US Central Intelligence Agency World Factbook entry on Thailand, please click here.


Turkey, Republic of



National Flag



Coat of Arms

To view the US Department of State Consular Information Sheet on Turkey, please click here.

The view the US Central Intelligence Agency World Factbook entry on Turkey, please click here.


Turkmenistan



National Flag



Coat of Arms

To view the US Department of State Consular Information Sheet on Turkmenistan, please click here.

The view the US Central Intelligence Agency World Factbook entry on Turkmenistan, please click here.


Ukraine



National Flag



Coat of Arms

To view the US Department of State Consular Information Sheet on Ukraine, please click here.

The view the US Central Intelligence Agency World Factbook entry on Ukraine, please click here.


Uzbekistan, Republic of



National Flag



Coat of Arms

To view the US Department of State Consular Information Sheet on Uzbekistan, please click here.

The view the US Central Intelligence Agency World Factbook entry on Uzbekistan, please click here.


Vietnam, Socialist Republic of



National Flag



Coat of Arms

To view the US Department of State Consular Information Sheet on Vietnam, please click here.

The view the US Central Intelligence Agency World Factbook entry on Vietnam, please click here.


Zambia, Republic of



National Flag



Coat of Arms

To view the US Department of State Consular Information Sheet on Zambia, please click here.

The view the US Central Intelligence Agency World Factbook entry on Zambia, please click here.

004. What is an Adventure Tour?


GlobeRiders pre-running a tour in Namibia.


adventure


noun - an unusual, exciting and possibly dangerous activity such as a journey or experience, or the excitement produced by such an activity:


She had some exciting adventures in Egypt.

We got lost on the Metro - it was quite an adventure.

Sam won't come - he's got no sense of adventure (= he does not enjoy dangerous or exciting situations). - [From the Cambridge Online American English Dictionary]


A GlobeRiders Adventure is a unique opportunity to travel places few will ever see., and do so on your own motorcycle.  Once you have qualified, we plan and document the itinerary, process all the paperwork, obtain the necessary clearances, ship your bike, arrange for accommodations, and provide a local guide, driver and chase vehicle along the way.


You are welcome to bring a qualified pillion passenger with you. If a family member or friend wishes to join the tour, but not ride pillion, we will arrange for them to have a guaranteed seat in our guide/chase vehicle.


We like to think of it as global touring in a supported environment.  For more information on our current offerings, please click here.

005. What Adventure Tours are currently available?

We currently offer:


Tour Name

Duration

Countries

Alaska to Tierra del Fuego
Adventure

 90 days


Alaska-USA, Canada, Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Panama, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia, Chile, Tierra Del Fuego-Argentina


World Tour

55 days

China, Inner Mongolia, Russia, Ukraine, Poland, Czech
Republic, Slovakia, Germany
Silk Road
Adventure

53 days


Turkey, Georgia, Azerbaijan, Caspian Sea,
Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan, China

IndoChina Total
Adventure

56 days


Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, Thailand, Malaysia


IndoChina Highlights
Adventure

37 days


Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia


Africa
Adventure

37 days


South Africa, Lesotho, Swaziland, Botswana, Zambia,
Namibia

Japan Hanami
Tour

15 days


Japan (Islands of Honshu and Hokkaido - offered both as a stand-alone tour, and also a "pre-tour" for participants of the World Tour)


For a listing and information on our current tours, please click here.


Included in our pre-departure kit for each rider is a set of large pannier stickers like the one above from the Silk Road Adventure 2005.

006. What is the tour package fee for your Adventures?


GlobeRider Perry Murray making a purchase in Istanbul, Turkey (and amazingly, it wasn't a rug!).


Because of changing costs and fluctuations in international currency exchange rates, it is difficult
for us to offer a fixed price for our adventures until approximately 8-12 months before departure.


When final tour package pricing is available, we will update the relevant tour pages which you can find by clicking here.

007. What IS included in the package fee?


The package fee for our tours includes the following:


- A carefully considered and researched itinerary. We pre-run (conduct a full reconnaissance) every tour to identify any potential problems at border crossings, verify road conditions, survey all accommodations, capture waypoints for navigation, and meet and qualify our local guides and drivers.


- Shipment of your motorcycle. We go to extraordinary lengths to allow you to ride YOUR motorcycle, not an unknown rental. Because we pre-run every tour, we know the requirements for getting large-displacement, foreign-registered vehicles across the borders along our routes. Once your bike is prepped for the journey, you will ship your motorcycle to our freight-forwarding partner in Seattle, Washington, USA. We will then personally load your bike into our container, verify that it is secure for shipment, then witness the application of the tamper-proof US Custom's seal when the container is locked.


Because most riders prefer to self-ride on their own after the tour, or temporarily store their bike in Europe for a return tour, we do not include return shipping on our World Tour (which terminates in Munich, Germany).  We will, of course, assist with any shipping arrangements that you may require.


Round-trip shipment of your motorcycle from/to Seattle, Washington, USA is included in the tour package fee for all our other adventure tours.

 

We have many partisipants from Europe join us on our Silk Road Adventure by riding to the start of the journey, Istanbul, Turkey. For this reason we do include return shipping to Heidelberg, Germany at the end of the tour in Xian, China.


Please contact us in regard to shipping. If you wish to join a tour and live outside of the continental United States.  Our preferred partner for uncrated, air shipment of motorcycles overseas is Motorcycle Express.


- All lodgings and accommodations. We try to obtain the best available accommodations for you every night.   Of course, these are reserved well in advance. Included in our requirements - secure parking for the motorcycles. When we say "best available", we mean exactly that.  Generally, the accommodations will be "3" to "4" star if such exist.   At times, the government agency granting our tour permits determines where we will stay. At other times, where we spend the night is a function of the distance we can reasonably travel in a given day, and the "best available" accommodations may be the ONLY lodgings available, and these may of a dramatically lower standard than you are accustomed to. It's all part of the adventure!


All tour package fees are quoted "double occupancy", meaning that you will be sharing a room with another tour participant.  For those who prefer a single/private room where available, a single room upgrade or supplement will be offered for an additional fee.


- Meals. Breakfast is included every day. To allow you the greatest flexibility in your daily ride, we generally do not include lunches - you can stop where you want, whenever you want and not be tied to a fixed time or location. Dinners are included almost every night, although there are times when you will be on your own so that you can get out, explore, and see some new faces at the dinner table! Meals may be in the hotels, or arranged at local restaurants. You may be at a buffet, served a limited or fixed menu, or enjoy the luxury of ordering a la carte.


- Group expenses. Every tour has fixed group costs. These include the cost of a chase or passenger vehicle, its driver and fuel.  To educate, translate and, if needed, intervene, we also have a local guide with the group at all times. When touring in major cities, we will leave the bikes at a secure parking area, and will board chartered buses. Many museum and cultural shows and exhibits have been reserved and paid for in advance. There are fees for temporary motorcycle importation, licensing and registration.


- Pre-departure documentation package that may contain travel instructions, vouchers, suggested reading lists, your itinerary, a daily Roadbook that contains detailed activity and routing instruction along with relevant GPS waypoints (coordinates), a Mapbook showing the start and end waypoints for each day's ride, promotional materials from our sponsors, and of course, a GlobeRiders silk-screened T-shirt, made especially for each tour, and pre-ordered in your size.


- A GPS upload. At the start of each tour, we will collect your Garmin portable GPS unit, verify its operation and settings, then upload the needed GPS waypoints and routes for the entire tour.  We will also offer a GPS instructional course for those desiring one.


- And last, but not least, the collective wisdom, experience and know-how of our GlobeRider guides, who will be with you from start to finish, and be there to offer assistance and guidance where they can!



Helge and Chris Poland loading bikes for the World Tour 2002.


Should a bike need to be recovered for any reason, our chase vehicles can either load them inside (if a van or mini-bus), or tow them.


Local drivers, guides, and even pilots explain things along the way, and keep things running smoothly.

008. What is NOT included in the tour package fee?







The package fee for our Adventure Tours do not include:


- Visa application fees. Although you must personally complete the forms, our travel partners will process and secure all visa applications for most of our participants. The actual fees for visa processing must be paid by you separately. Note: Because of new requirements put into effect, any visas must be applied for in the country of your residence.  Therefore, we can only process visa applications for residents of the United States.   However, we will provide application letters, letters of introduction and other support documents as required by riders joining us from countries other than the United States.


- Airfare and ground transportation. We do not include airfare or ground transportation to/from the arrival or departure airport/cities for our tours. Generally, ground transportation to and from the arrival/departure hotels is also not included.  In some instances, our local guides will meet and arrange transportation from the arrival airport to the hotel. Detailed instructions will be provided in our pre-departure documentation package.


- Lunches. Our goal is to provide as flexible itinerary as possible. Generally, lunches are on your own. This allows you to stop where and when you choose.  In some cases, if there is a group activity planned en route, lunches will be included.


- Insurance. Because many of our riders are regular travelers, they already have their own medical, trip interruption and cancellation insurance.  We do require that you have medical and medical evacuation insurance of coverage.   We strongly recommend that you purchase travel insurance.  Where available, we will work with our partners to offer motorcycle third-party liability or comprehensive insurance.  Where such insurance is mandatory, riders may pay on their own at the border post. Optional shipping insurance is offered in case of damage or total loss in shipment.


- Fuel, beverages and personal expenses.  You will pay for fuel consumed by your bike, and beverages consumed by you (coffee, tea and soft drinks may be included with some meals, alcoholic beverages are not).


- Any and all personal expenses come out of your own pocket.


- Some group activities. At times, we may arrange an en route or "day" activity.  We are able to pre-pay for some of these, but others you will pay for on your own. Any activity, pre-paid or not, is optional.


- Tips for wait staff, service staff, drivers and local guides. You are a privileged visitor to the countries we visit. Many of the people who work to make your travel possible are paid wages that are substantially lower than what they deserve.   If you have received exceptional service, we ask that you acknowledge this with a handshake, a smile, and monetary "thank you".   We will offer guidelines on what is acceptable.

009. Can anyone join a GlobeRiders Adventure tour?


No.


Only qualified riders may participate in our tours.  If you are an experienced rider and seasoned traveler, you may qualify. Our offerings are some of the longest-duration travel adventures available.  Our itineraries are challenging.  Because we believe that you must be self-sufficient at all times, we don't carry your luggage or make you ride in convoy (unless required by local regulations).  The infrastructure, road conditions, customs, food and language along our routes differ dramatically from what most are used to.


We only qualify riders who fully understand that, although we encourage you to ride your own ride, you do so in the context of a group-supported environment.  We need riders with the flexibility to take the initiative where they should, and go with the flow when they must.


Most importantly, we hope for riders who understand we are privileged to undertake journeys like these; that it is our responsibility to do so in a manner respectful of the people and customs in the countries we visit, and to make our way in a manner that is least impactful on the environment.




010. How do I make a reservation for an Adventure Tour?





1. Please explore our website. You should have a thorough understanding of who we are, what we've done, and how we do it. Most importantly, do your own "pre-run", visit our Live!Journal webpage where you can "virtually" join our current and past tours.


2.  Email us a reservation request. We are more than happy to place you on our no-obligation reservation list for any tour that is currently open. To date, all of our tours have sold out. Reservations are made on a first-come, first-served basis, with priority given to a GlobeRider who has participated in one or more of our tours.  Once a tour is closed, we will maintain a wait list .  If there is a cancellation, we will offer that slot to the wait list, which again, is first-come, first-served, with priority given to returning clients.


You may send a reservation request by clicking here.  When you do so, please include the following information:

  • The name/year of the tour you are interested in

  • Your full legal name

  • Your physical mailing address

  • Your contact telephone number (please include country, area and city codes if applicable)

  • The year, make and model of the motorcycle that you anticipate shipping for the tour

011. How do I qualify for an Adventure Tour?


Our qualification criteria fall into three general areas:



1. You. We have a Rider's Questionnaire that you will complete.  Your responses to our questions will be used as the basis for your qualification. In the Questionnaire, we will ask for three personal references - people you know and respect that we may contact to discuss your viability as a group tour candidate, and your riding and travel experience.  We will also ask you to have a Certification of Good Health signed by you and your physician. You must be a relatively experienced rider, have taken some long distance rides, and be comfortable navigating a loaded adventure touring motorcycle off-pavement.


2. Your bike and gear. You must have a qualified motorcycle. You must be the legal and registered owner of the motorcycle (no lien holder).  Your bike must be properly outfitted. Only adventure touring motorcycles with spoked wheels are qualified for our tours. You must have the proper riding gear and be willing to wear it at all times when your bike is in motion.


3. Your papers.  You must have a valid passport with at least 10 blank pages for visas and stamps (some visas occupy an entire page). The passport must be valid for at least six months beyond your return to your home county at the end of the tour. You must have title and registration on your motorcycle. You must have an International Driving License with motorcycle endorsement. You must provide proof of both medical and medical evacuation insurance. You must sign our Waiver of Liability.


It's not a requirement, but taking an off-pavement or enduro riding school is a good idea.  Here, GlobeRider Eric Blume throws a good bow wave in the "water obstacle" at the BMW Enduro School in Hechlingen, Germany.

012. Once I qualify, what happens next?


Wheels chocked and trapped down, a container of bike's ready to ship to Shanghai for the start of the World Tour 2002.


We strive to inform you of your qualification status within a week of receiving your completed Rider's Questionnaire.  Once you have qualified, to secure your reservation, you will need to send a non-refundable deposit by personal check, money order, or wire transfer, drawn on US Dollars.  The deposit is 10% of the published package tour fee. This deposit is your confirmation that you intend to participate in the tour.  It guarantees your reservation.  Once we have accepted your deposit, it is non-refundable should you withdraw from the tour for any reason.  However, should GlobeRiders cancel a tour for any reason, your deposit will be refunded 100%.


Once we have a sufficient number of qualified riders who have also paid their deposit, we will open a private internet-based email forum.  The forum is simple to use. You send any question or comment to the forum's email address and your email will be forwarded to all of the tour participants. Any replies will also be sent to all.  Helge and Mike are the forum moderators.  This allows us to share any information on a timely and equal basis. And most importantly, it gives everyone an opportunity to meet and interact with one another in a "virtual" community before the tour starts.


The balance of your tour participation fee will be due no later than 90 days prior to any tour's departure.


Approximately two months before departure, you will need to ship your motorcycle to our freight-forwarding partner's warehouse here in Seattle, WA, USA. We will then load your motorcycle into the container for shipment to the tour's embarkation point.


No later than two week's before departure, you will receive a pre-departure document package, containing trip documents, your Roadbook, Mapbook, tour T-shirt, and stickers to place on your panniers.


You board your flight, and go on the ride of a lifetime!

013. What is your cancellation policy?


DEPOSITS ARE NON-REFUNDABLE



Your deposit guarantees your reservation for the tour, therefore, it is non-refundable should you choose to withdraw from the tour for whatever reason. HOWEVER, should GlobeRiders cancel the tour, your deposit will be refunded 100%. The only normal reason we would cancel a tour would be insufficient interest/not enough deposits.



TOUR PACKAGE CANCELLATION FEE



Once the tour package fee has been paid (tour package fee minus your deposit), the cancellation policy is:


- You must provide written notice of your cancellation/withdrawal from the tour.


- If your written notice is received 31 or more days before the tour start date, the cancellation fee is 50% of the tour package fee (deposit remains non-refundable).


- If your written notice is received less than 31 days before the tour start date, the cancellation fee is 100% of the tour package fee (deposit remains non-refundable). In other words, we do need written confirmation of your withdrawal, but no money will be refunded. By four week's prior to a tour's departure, we have made all our payments to our suppliers and partners. In addition, we have finalized all visa, shipping and international travel documents. Even if we could find a wait-listed rider ready to depart on short notice, there is no time to process the paperwork.




014. What kind of motorcycles are qualified for the tour and how must they be outfitted?







The motorcycles we have had the greatest success with are the BMW "GS" series of adventure-touring bikes. Airheads, oilheads, hexheads, or F650 singles, they're all a great choice.  They are also the most common choice by our rider/clients.

In regard to BMWs, although we welcome the F650 series bike and the new F800GS, we do not feel that the G 650 Xchallenge, Xcountry or Xmoto are appropriate for the conditions we ride in.

 

 

Other models that have been on our tours include the Honda Transalp and Varadero, KTM 950 and 990 Adventures, and Kawasaki KLR 650.


We are willing to consider any make or model so long as it is fundamentally in the same category/class as the models listed.


In order to survive the many "hits" you'll take from rough roads, it must be equipped with wire spoke wheels (no cast wheels). If you have any questions in this regard, you may email us by clicking here.


In terms of equipment, your bike must be equipped with a set of metal, lockable panniers to carry your gear., and also protect your legs in the event of an accident or "get-off".  We DO NOT recommend installation of a top case or trunk - in almost every "case", the rear carrier, rack, or trunk mounting bracket has fatigued, then fractured, and the top case has fallen off - in some instances, the riders didn't realize this until much later, and the top case was never recovered. A soft tail pack, back pack or duffel is recommended, but remember these cannot be secured when you are away from the bike.


In a similar vein, we do not recommend the use of a tank bag.  Your belongings cannot be secured - help keep (basically) honest people honest! A tank bag will often get in the way of a proper riding posture when you are up on the pegs. And, like the top case or trunk, we have yet to see a tank bag securing system that worked for the entire duration of one of our tours.


Because we travel in many areas where signage may be non-existent, or in a foreign alphabet or language, we now require that all motorcycles be equipped with a Garmin portable GPS (Global Positioning System). Garmin's is the only commercially available GPS receiver with a moving map database available for the world, the MapSource WorldMap product. We provide all waypoint and routing data only in Garmin compatible format.  You will also need a suitable handlebar mount for your GPS receiver.

015. What rider apparel will I need?


You will need proper riding gear and must wear it at all times when your bike is in motion. Required are:

- A full-face or flip-up type helmet with face shield, or motocross/enduro-style helmet with goggles.

- A "suitable" one or two-piece riding suit with protective armor

- Riding gloves with finger tips.

- Full-coverage boots with toe and ankle protection.


- Rain gear either in the form of internal suit liners or an outer/over suit.




016. Do I need camping gear?





An integral part of our package is "best available accommodations" every night. We do not camp on our tours.  It is important that we have a known destination with secure parking for the motorcycle every day. Also, we want to give you the best opportunity for a good night's sleep, a hot breakfast, and good dinner.

017. Do I need insurance?


MEDICAL INSURANCE

We require that you have medical insurance coverage and will ask you to provide the name, policy or membership number, and contact telephone number for your insurance provider. Your medical policy must provide for emergency medical coverage or reimbursement outside your country of residence.


MEDICAL EVACUATION INSURANCE

We require that you have medical evacuation insurance.  This may be included as part of your medical insurance policy, but we STRONGLY ADVISE that you study this coverage closely.  Many medical policies provide only minimal or severely limited coverage, or, may not include evacuation insurance coverage at all if you are in a foreign country.

We are proud to have MedjetAssist as one of our sponsors.  We believe they have the most cost-effective and reliable medical evacuation plan available.  If you purchase an online membership with MedjetAssist via our webpage, GlobeRiders will receive a portion of your membership as an agent's commission.  The cost is the same to you whether you purchase via our webpage, or direct, but we would certainly appreciate your support!


TRAVEL INSURANCE

We strongly recommend, but do not require, travel insurance, which may include trip cancellation, interruption, loss, theft, medical and medical evacuation.  Although we have no affiliation with them, we have found InsureMyTrip.com to have one of the most informative online comparison services to evaluate and purchase travel insurance.


SHIPPING INSURANCE

We recommend that you purchase shipping insurance for your motorcycle.  This is available through our freight forwarding partner and rates will be quoted on request. You may also obtain it on your own - we will ask for proof of coverage before loading your bike in our container.  Remember, on most tours, shipping is round-trip.


MOTORCYCLE INSURANCE

In many countries, third-party liability or comprehensive motorcycle coverage is simply not available for non-residents driving a foreign-registered motorcycle.  This is a fact of life and is a risk that must be considered and planned for. Where coverage is available, we will work with our partners to procure it upon request. On tours that include travel to countries requiring mandatory Green Card insurance coverage, you will pay for this separately in advance, but our local guides will obtain policies and distribute them on arrival. If you know of any companies that provide the type of insurance we are looking for, please contact us, we'd love to offer information about them on our website and in our travel documentation.








018. Do I need vaccinations or other "travel medicine"?





We do require that you and your physician sign our Certification of Good Health, a simple document that states you have visited your physician, discussed the trip and the countries that you will be traveling through, and that in his or her opinion, you are able to participate in the tour as described.


We cannot provide medical advice. We encourage you to contact your physician or local Travel Clinic.  Travel Clinics are usually your best source of information - they are specialists in this area. You can also find a wealth of information on traveler's health on the website of the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention of the United States Department of Health and Human Services).

019. Where can I find out about your previous tours and expeditions?


To view excerpts from 10 Years on 2 Wheels, Helge's incredible ten-year odyssey around the world, please visit:

10 Years on 2 Wheels


We have a small gut growing line of adventure touring and instructional DVDs.  To view more information on these, to include video trailers and ordering information, please click here.


During most of our recent tours, a Live!Journal (a sort of "weblog") consisting of stories and pictures from tour participant's is created and published to our website en route. These Live!Journals are then archived on our website so that they may be re-visited at any time.  To view the Live!Journals of previous tours, please click here.






020. Can I bring a spouse, family member or friend?


Pamela and Steve Smith at Cape Agulhas, South Africa, the southernmost point on the African continent, where the Atlantic and Indian Oceans meet.


Absolutely! Like any participant, anyone joining you must complete our Rider's Questionnaire, submit their Certification of Good Health, sign the Waiver of Liability, and have a valid passport good for six months beyond their return home. They must also have medical and medical
evacuation insurance at a minimum.


For a "passenger" there are two options:

(1). Pillion Passenger - They may ride as "pillion" on your motorcycle - that is, they would ride as a passenger on the rear seat of your bike at all times.  A pillion passenger does not have a reserved seat in our chase vehicle. Pillion passengers may place a limited amount of luggage in our chase vehicle.

(2). Chase Vehicle Passenger - They may ride as a passenger in our chase vehicle. If non-pillion passengers are with us on any tour, we will upgrade our chase vehicle accordingly. Passengers in our chase vehicle are the only participants allowed to store their luggage and gear in the chase vehicle.  Of course, they have the options of riding with you as "pillion" at any time.

021. Is a portable GPS (Global Positioning System) receiver required for your tours?


Most definitely!


Every GlobeRiders Adventure begins with a pre-run or "recce". Our staff conducts these for many reasons, one of them being to log or capture waypoints, or the numerical position in latitude and longitude, for every accommodations that we'll be staying at - border posts, significant sites of historical or cultural importance, fuel and service stations in remote areas, even a favorite restaurant or two.


In addition, we record and save our tracks, GPS "breadcrumbs" which allow us to precisely replicate the exact route that we followed.


All of this navigational data, in addition to GPS maps for the countries we travel through, are uploaded to each rider's portable GPS receiver at the beginning of every tour. Because we travel in areas where road signs are usually in an unfamiliar language or alphabet, navigation by GPS is the best way to insure our riders make it to each day's destination on their own.


There are an increasing number of GPS manufacturers and smartphones available that include Naavigation Apps with off-line maps.  For what we do, we have found that the hardware and software produced by Garmin is the best - they make the most sophisticated and robust GPS receivers for Motorcycle Adventure Touring and we use their products exclusively.


GPS receivers are constantly under development, and new products are introduced continuously. For many years, we used the Garmin GPSMAP 276C, GPSMAP 376C or GPSMAP 478 on our tours. These have all been discontinued by Garmin but we still support them. Any of the following GPS receivers are acceptable on all GlobeRiders tours.

 

GlobeRiders GPS Recommended List:

  • Garmin GPSMAP 276Cx
  • BMW Motorrad Navigator IV, V, Adventure
  • Garmin zumo™ 395, 590 Series
  • Garmin zumo™ 660 Series
  • Garmin Montana 600 Series
  • Garmin Monterra (pre-approval required)
  • Garmin GPSMAP 276C, 376C and 478 (pre-approval required)


The Garmin MapSource software is a "shell" or "utility" which allows users to view maps and create and edit waypoints, tracks and routes.  MapSource has been replaced with new planning software: BaseCamp. The actual software map that we use depends upon what part of the world we'll be in. We usually recommend individual Country Maps when available. If detailed reliable commercial maps are not available we usually can make do with OpenStreetMap maps.


For those unfamiliar in GPS use, we conduct tech sessions and classes en route, after the first week, you'll know everything you need to navigate in even the most remote areas we visit.


Of course, one should never rely exclusively on a GPS, and we strongly advise riders to insure they have a good selection of road and highway maps as part of their "kit".


For Garmin's overview on GPS, please click here.


For more in-depth information on GPS, please see Wikipedia's article by clicking here.

 

You can also find device specific articles by Dan Townsley by clicking here.







022. Is it possible to book tour extensions beyond (or before) the fixed tour dates??


Offering scheduled and custom journeys to Siberia, the Silk Route, St. Petersburg & Beyond since 1986, MIR, whose name means "peace" and "world" in Russian, is an American tour operator with unrivaled destination expertise.

Seattle-based experts design their trips and work closely with local offices in Western Russia, Siberia, Ukraine and Uzbekistan to carry them out. All offices, being under the same ownership, are held to the same high standards of quality


Kazoom Moto Adventures is a tour operator based in Istanbul, Turkey and organizes and runs motorcycle trips in Turkey and in neighboring countries.

Turkey is an outstanding destination for motorcyclists. It combines great riding through diverse landscapes along the coastal roads of the three seas that surround Turkey or through the lush scenery of the Taurus or the Black Sea mountains.



Bushtrackers Africa is a safari and tour operator based in Johannesburg, South Africa and we specialize in visiting the wilderness areas of Botswana, Namibia, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Mozambique and South Africa. 

We have a full range of 4x4 off-road vehicles, safari vehicles, and camping equipment, to get you to the remote wilderness areas and popular destinations in Africa.


Yes!


GlobeRiders is proud to work with a select handful of world-class tour companies to plan and execute our adventures. Our partners are more than happy to help with any special tour requests, including small group or individual regional tours before or after the fixed dates of our offerings.


Because we travel on uncommon itineraries, working with a highly-experience travel planner is essential. If you wish to add travel and touring days before or after your tour with GlobeRiders, please contact us directly so we can coordinate itineraries and logistics with our partner companies.


Should you be looking for cultural, historical, or just plain adventurous tours beyond what GlobeRiders offers, we encourage your to work with our trusted partners. Clicking on their logos to the left will take you to their respective websites.

023. When I ship my bike, do I really need to purchase supplementary cargo or shipping insurance?


We certainly recommend you do so.  Once any cargo or shipment has been handed-off to a transportation company or service, it's out of our hands, and although it's a rare occurrence, accidents do happen.


One of our rider/clients asked the opinion of a maritime attorney, here was the response:


"The carrier offers minimal coverage based upon the cargo item as a “package” or “customary freight unit”. The amount paid to you by the carrier is usually limited to $500 or less, or is based upon on a release poundage basis of $.50 or $1.00 per pound. The point is that you cannot replace the bike with the carrier proceeds. If you “declare” a higher shipping value on the bill of lading, you will pay more to ship the bike and, in return, receive the “declared” value if the bike is lost etc. However, the routine way to adequately protect the cargo is to procure your own cargo insurance separately. In doing so, your shipping costs stay at the lower rate and you contract as a first party directly with your cargo insurer. Accordingly, if you do experience a loss, you deal directly with “your” insurer to recover the value of your cargo, i.e., similar to a theft at you house, rather that to seek recovery through the carrier."


Supplemental cargo insurance is option, not required. Generally, you may obtain this directly from our freight forwarder, however, you may be able to obtain less expensive coverage on your own.





024. Can I participate in your tours even if I don't live in the the United States?


Absolutely! We welcome riders from any country, after all, "international" is what it's all about.  Having an international mix of riders enhances the tour for all, and regardless of where we call home, riders share a unique bond that transcends all borders and cultures.

 

 

We can only process visas for those living in the United States, but our travel partners will supply letters of support for those who need to obtain visas in their home country.

 

The only other issue is motorcycle shipment. The surest way to ship a bike is in our container, and if it makes sense, we recommend having your bike delivered to our facility here in Washington State, USA.  However, we have had riders ship bikes direct from their home countries to our ports of embarkation.  And, at tour's end, we will assist in the return shipment of your motorcycle, wherever home may be.







 
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