Motorcycle question? Travelling the globe on a Motorcycle? Which bike and why that particular bike?

Hi all

I've just come into some serious money and I am going to do something that I have wantedbto do my whole life.

I'm 43, no ties, plenty of money.

I'm going to travel the globe, only the parts I want to see, I won't be putting myself through hell either. 

If I don't want to see that city, that country, that desert, whatever, I won't be riding across it.

Now, for the question.. .. Which make and model bike to I buy and why? 

21 Answers

  • DanRSN
    Lv 6
    4 weeks ago

    I would say a shafter like beemer, although if the shaft breaks it's hard to get and fix a replacement. Belt drives like Harleys are even worse, you need serious kit just to get the back wheel off to fix punctures. Get a chain drive 850 or so. Buy a.service manual and make sure you know how to do certain things like tightening the chain, changing the oil and so on.

    • Anon1 week agoReport

      Rubbish. Lotsa shafters not just Bumw's. Harleys; easy to get wheel off. Belts last a Long time, Unless tension too tight/loose. Adjusting Just takes two large wrenches, a #50 Torx driver.

  • 1 month ago

    BMW. Super reliable, great brakes, light weight.

  • 1 month ago

    I would love to do that on a Vincent or a Norton 850cc

    but for reliability it would have to be a BMW R1200 RT

    I own a BMW R65 1987 with 105,000 on original engine

    during WW2 we used Triumphs BSA,s in the desert India and Australia

    and Many of my club mates use the modern Triumphs to ride the 3000 Miles to perth all Air Cooled

    • armouror
      Lv 5
      1 week agoReport

      all of the Motorcycles in the desert used by the British army were Air cooled Triumphs BSA Ariel Matchless In Australia we only had a few Harley WLA but most were Air-cooled British and we travelled all over Australia most loved the 3000 mile trip from Adelaide to perth

  • 1 month ago

    VFR800 is the best bike for your needs.

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  • Anonymous
    1 month ago

    Honda is probably everywhere in the world. Don't get big or the latest model. Like a 6 cylinder. 1500cc.

    . So maybe 5 years old and about 500cc.or so.  You are not out to impress the people you pass by for a second.  You want to go a far distance on minimal fuel. BMW bike shops are hard to find in some towns in N.A.,so that is going to be the same story worldwide.

    Personally a bike is not the way I would go cuz it RAINS & gets windy and cold...and you can't sleep in your bike while Lions roam outside with the elephants...and vultures.

    .   Maybe you got to buy a few the common bike for that region?  Drive it through the region and trade it in for a bike with say square wheels because that is the common vehicle there.

    But am thinking Honda has been everywhere. Harley and Beemers not so much.  Read a few motorcycle magazines to read about others who have done the same thing.

    • Anon4 weeks agoReport

      500 cc too small. Fatigue in 60 minutes at 60 MPH.

  • 1 month ago

    Craig,! I expect BMW to be most reliable , have good luck with everything please,

    • Cap'n. America
      Lv 4
      4 weeks agoReport

      And, he teaches Electronics., Should have checked voltage to coil, or put in another with beefier coil and contacts. Maybe a cap across the contacts, if inductive load. Or a HEXFET.

  • Bear
    Lv 7
    1 month ago

    Read Jupiter's Travels,by Ted Simon.

  • 1 month ago

    Royal Enfield made in India.

    • Cap'n. America
      Lv 4
      4 weeks agoReport

      A guy and his son went over 1500 miles and back on a Honda 350 in ZATAOMM. But, it's Still rather Small.

  • 1 month ago

    Try to stay away from Antarctica, fuel stations and Service Centers are sparse.

    Watch 'Long Way Around', it shows some of the small hardships to be aware of depending on how you wish to travel. Fun Series!.

    A few years ago did a New Zealand motorcycle tour for three months on a Suzuki V-Strom 650 (wish I'd chosen the 1000) and it did most everything I wanted. Good sized fuel tank, easy V-twin engine/suspension that can do a bit of off-roading and is fine on the highway.

    You need to state the type of riding you wish to do- cruirsing the highway or a mix of on-road/off road.

    Source(s): Rididing/racing for 55+ yrs.
    • Candid Chris
      Lv 7
      1 month agoReport

      Hey CB- NZ was a great place to travel on a bike. Yeah, rode a 1000 (friend's bike) after I returned to the States but I LOVE my Trumph Tiger 955i too much

  • Dimo
    Lv 5
    1 month ago


    Are you a new rider?

    Are you comfortable with a heavy bike?

    Are you good at packing light?

    Will you be camping?


    What I felt was perfect was my little Suzuki LS650. Had a bracket on a suitcase to slip on the sissybar.

    Had tools and stuff in the saddlebags, and tent/sleeping bag if I needed it.

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    • Ian K
      Lv 7
      1 month agoReport

      I know you love the LS650, but for worldwide touring, it would be at the bottom of my list.  I've ridden one on the freeway, it was fine... but once I hit dirt roads, it was a pain.

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