• Published on Jul 2, 2018
  • Do you make these common mistakes on a long motorcycle trip? Regular motorcycle travel is one thing, but once you start going on longer motorcycle adventures there are some things to consider. I go through some of these travel and riding mistakes based on my own experiences traveling on the road and explain how to avoid these with some motorcycle tips.
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    Hi, My name is Pedro Mota and I ride my trusty Honda Transalp to wherever she will take me. Motorcycle touring around the world!

Comments • 695

  • Pedro Mota
    Pedro Mota  Year ago +18

    If you're thinking about going on a long motorcycle journey and would like to learn more about the cost, check out this video

    • Pedro Mota
      Pedro Mota  3 months ago

      @Gravity yt Here ya go

    • Gravity yt
      Gravity yt 7 months ago

      would you mind getting me that intro song link please

    • Danijel Daskijevič
      Danijel Daskijevič 8 months ago

      Pedro Mota v

  • Jason Johnson
    Jason Johnson 14 minutes ago

    Good video man. I learned a lot of my mistake going on cycling adventures. You learn a lot in a day or two about what kind of rider you are and the things you really need.

  • s O
    s O Day ago

    Ride everyday but. Got one buddy dont mind riding with. Only thing is his bike wreaked now. But I could see you where look like you where losing you mind in Mongolia more the you where in Russia at less that what it look like.

  • Sean O
    Sean O 4 days ago +5

    Cross country (US) 3 times. Each time was Lone Rider Of the Apocalypse deal. Definitely would love to have some company next time. Tons of great memories but the one I'm gonna share is the 1st one. San Fran, '90, just south of the Goldan Gate, parked. Called my parents and said "C ya in a month and a half". They live in Ct. 22, just got out of the Coast Guard. Turned from the phone booth, saw my bike; 82 Honda magna 750, loaded up with the Pacific Ocean behind her. Realized exactly what I was doing, 4,500 miles alone from one ocean to the other on that little thing, and not in a straight line. A shot of fear went thru me like a lightning bolt. What the hell mission do I have in front me? Holleee she ite. Will never forget that visual or feeling. Most definitely would like to have a honey tag along to share this stuff. Best way to travel

  • Juleever Thüvüry
    Juleever Thüvüry 8 days ago

    I do usually ride alone. Had a group ride only twice

  • Dani on Tour
    Dani on Tour 9 days ago

    great advice Pedro. Especially the planing thing. I ran out of time on a tripp myself before and it really sucked.

  • MannyScoot
    MannyScoot 10 days ago

    I'm preparing myself for a ride from Scottsdale Arizona to Key West Florida (2,470 miles)........ Taking my BMW K1200 GT.......On road time 37-40 hrs. and alone.....Love it .....

  • Sergio Scarponi
    Sergio Scarponi 11 days ago

    Good one!

  • Spider Brandt
    Spider Brandt 11 days ago

    I have done all of the above , just get there on sleep and so on, I ride alone on long trips , you video is right on the money and you tell it like it is , more power to you . I would ride 2,000 km to go to a party or funeral. I've been riding since 1970 and I'ill get it right one day. stay out of the traffic it's a health hazard

  • Jan Šmíd
    Jan Šmíd 12 days ago

    " best plan is no plan !!!! " like it :)

  • Nabens Vlogs
    Nabens Vlogs 12 days ago

    After experiencing riding with a group of ppl, I tend to like to ride alone or with just one other person who is compatible. I dont like group riding. I tend to have a short fuse when dealing with multiple personalities.

  • Siddarth Grewal
    Siddarth Grewal 12 days ago

    I ride alone. First tip know your bike. Know when maintenance is due. I bought a used bike whose engine sounded good. I replaced engine oil, brake oil, coolant, spark plugs she died on me twice due to electrical reasons. It took me about 3 days of man hours to rewire everything and now I travel everywhere with her. The next failure i expect is at the next 100000 km mark when the engine will need an overhaul.

  • DTR 55
    DTR 55 13 days ago

    Triple A for common sense brother ! Finally, advice in a nutshell...

  • Richard Hobbs
    Richard Hobbs 14 days ago +1

    I ride alone . . . . . . yeah , with no one else . . . . . . you know when I ride alone . . . I prefer to be by myself . . . . ( George Thorogood )
    And when I stop for the evening I like to have one bourbon, one scotch, one beer .

    WISE FROG 18 days ago +1

    so much of informations❤. love you bro

  • Dave Shoemaker
    Dave Shoemaker 19 days ago +1

    Great information! Keeping the head clear is where it's at.

  • Jeffrey Berry
    Jeffrey Berry 21 day ago

    After riding all over the USA. I "discovered" the best riding was right back here at home. New England. Well for part of the year anyway. :) So check out where you live.

  • kosmosleha
    kosmosleha 21 day ago

    skip first minute

  • John Wilkinson
    John Wilkinson 22 days ago

    @7:20 what's the name of the guy again? Sorry.

  • Michael Stokes
    Michael Stokes 23 days ago of the best real talks. So much sounds like you were talking about me, to me! Tnx and safe travels.

  • Jace 2wheel
    Jace 2wheel 24 days ago

    I'm planning a cross eurobike trip, Ireland to Russia for next summer. Yes I'm planning a couple bike centric days like from Zurich to Valencia by way of the Stelvio pass etc but at the end of the day? I'm going as a traveller. Point to point(plus some adventure sight seeing etc) but the bike will be there for me to see the sights by day and night and travel from place to place. I don't plan on doing much off road or ADV riding in as much as getting to and seeing places without using commercial transport.

  • Captain Crozier
    Captain Crozier 27 days ago

    Bloody mokeys on combustion engines! Check out "The Humans" comic book

  • Celebrity News
    Celebrity News 28 days ago +1

    will i have room for my pocket pussy? thanks, Javier from Canada

  • Open Roader
    Open Roader 28 days ago

    I'm totally guilty of bringing too much stuff! I'm leaving July 1st for Italy
    , Albania, North Macedonia, Serbia, Kosovo, Montenegro, Bosnia and Croatia and trying really had to slim things down. Thanks for the solid advise! Ride safe

  • Barbara Cj
    Barbara Cj 28 days ago

    Been there done that. Riding with people that you don't know and people you think you know. The rush-rush speedy and the super organized to the minute and the 500 miles the day to make up the time after because we went out of plan.... never again.

  • cavscout62
    cavscout62 28 days ago

    Travel light freeze at night was the rule when I was an infantry troop but no more! Layer up and you can always take some off. Keep a quality rain suit in your kit as it doubles as a windbreaker. If you ride with another, know how they ride and that way you don’t have to worry about it. Even if you have no plan you should have a predetermined route if you have a certain destination in mind. I have a SENA phone & stereo with speakers in my helmet so I’m not blasting stuff others don’t wanna hear and I can use the NAV in my phone if needed. My “Brother” and I ride together when he’s not snowed under at work and we both carry so there’s really nowhere we can’t ride as long as it’s legal. Lots of road out here and good times and people everywhere so get on your bike and ride!😎

  • Douglas Rhine
    Douglas Rhine 29 days ago


  • Coates83
    Coates83 Month ago

    Good video, well explained. The tip with driving with another person or even a group is that you kind of limit yourself in the freedom that riding a motorcycle on a trip should be. Careless and limitless with a big smile on your face with the child-like positivity you once had but should relive as an adult you are told to be. (As a kind of propaganda you should not believe by your non biker mid aged wanna be friends) because you should buy a well commerced safe Dacia Duster that breathes safety as well as adventure. Thumbs sideways because they're worth their money looking like that though :)
    Bottom line; do whatever you want with the least limits and agitations you have in this short life we life.
    Peace and love for people who deserve it and ride safe.

  • a. R. a.
    a. R. a. Month ago

    Pedro, I swear to myself every day. I was in the military where swearing is in every sentence. But when I watch RU-clip videos to learn, if you want me to take you seriously, be more professional and dare I say, be a gentleman. Keep the bar high and not stoop to the lowest common denominator. I’m an old guy, so maybe take this advice and ponder it before reacting.

  • Modustollens1
    Modustollens1 Month ago

    Holding a selfie stick while riding seems like a huge fucking mistake

  • Nikos Karapidhs
    Nikos Karapidhs Month ago

    Hi! Nice video!!
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  • wildbad
    wildbad Month ago +2

    great vid my friend. I'm 61, just retiring..ready to jump on my metal steed in the next few months for extended travel.

    • Pedro Mota
      Pedro Mota  20 days ago

      Go far and wide my man. Met a few old timers along the way doing big extended trips who proved to me that age is but a number on the road.

  • projektdotnet
    projektdotnet Month ago +1

    I can agree a ton about setting unrealistic timeframes for yourself. I had to make a 1600 mile trip in 48 hours, sadly due to external constraints there was no changing these parameters. It took me out of the journey and put me squarely on destinations. I failed to enjoy large portions of it and I definitely plan on taking more time next time I have along travel ahead of me. Next year I plan to make the same trip but also plan to leave earlier, get more sleep, and have more time set aside to enjoy the ride.

  • Thomas Bell
    Thomas Bell Month ago

    Do you recommend a pair of tires that are best to do all that riding for both snow and dry conditions? Did you carry a spare for both front and rear?

  • uh ba
    uh ba Month ago

    First vid for me, laughed my ass off, cheers Aus

  • Robert Ruiz
    Robert Ruiz Month ago

    Thanks for the video, i love the way how U do it, kind of funny the cliche think. I plan to start my plan for my trip. Thanks for the advices

  • TommyTwobats
    TommyTwobats Month ago

    What about the bike number plate and registration when you are crossing borders?

  • TommyTwobats
    TommyTwobats Month ago

    i would like to ride from Japan to Thailand but how about the registration of my bike? Do I have to re-register in each country?

    • tortron
      tortron Month ago +1

      No you take a vehicle passport/ carnet de passage. You sign some papers on entering the country and when you leave the country they check that you still have the bike and haven't sold it tax free

  • john michael Knight

    The one thing is. To half all the gear you haul and double the money you take

  • Titantramp4u
    Titantramp4u Month ago

    Very funny but all true!....Enjoyed watching and of course thinking about mistakes I've made....and you helped me laugh about them...

  • Daryl Balmer
    Daryl Balmer Month ago +3

    326 thumbs down??? That’s why I ride alone, You are totally correct!

  • StapleCactus
    StapleCactus Month ago

    My plan is to go west somewhere and when the sun blinds me, ride into the woods and camp for the night. Then I'll go home next day. I'm guessing 12 hours away from home in one day isn't considered a long trip to you?

  • BadDadio
    BadDadio Month ago +3

    Some great quotes from the video:
    “I can’t believe he drinks Heineken”
    “Being in the moment and enjoying the road ahead”
    “Focusing on destination and where you are going”
    “It’s not about the destination, it’s about the journey”
    “A calamity is a sum of smaller mistakes that meet each other in a perfect shit-storm”
    “We keep thinking about where we ought to be and completely miss out on where we are”

  • Ian Thompson
    Ian Thompson Month ago

    Solid advice. And yes enjoy the ride!!!!

  • Sylvain Beausoleil
    Sylvain Beausoleil Month ago +1

    My first mistake was to “test” my sleeping mat for the first time, on the trip! Or should I say “on the rock”. NEVER leave home with gear that you haven’t tested first! I had a “backup” for everything, 2 different rain gear, etc, so too much stuff, but such a bad and tiny sleeping pad.

  • John Williams
    John Williams Month ago

    What the fuck is wrong with you? IRAN! Are you out of your fucking mind? Just another idiot looking to be held for ransom or worse .you're lucky that wasn't your last bike trip.

  • Einar Dahlen
    Einar Dahlen Month ago

    Hear hear! Must say this was rather recognizable 😁 Even though I'm not near as experienced in long travels, I've been into all of the issues, and can confirm them.
    That said, when it comes to rode solo, with a few friends or a large group - it all has it's own gold, but take regard to the issues you mentions. 👍😀

  • cash2nrg
    cash2nrg Month ago

    Great advice and spoken a veteran of the open roads of freedom... great job

  • Daniel Pinedo
    Daniel Pinedo Month ago

    These are good for life in general. Thanks!

  • Srinidhi ಶ್ರೀ

    ತುಂಬಾ ಉಪಯುಕ್ತವಾದ ಮಾಹಿತಿ 💝👌

  • Kullu Hills
    Kullu Hills Month ago

    leh motorbike trip cheek

  • Jose Martinez
    Jose Martinez Month ago

    Riding in a flock? thanks. Ride a Harley, and ride solo.

    • 2rich2Mr
      2rich2Mr Month ago

      Don't you mean push the Harley?

  • Gary B
    Gary B Month ago

    fantastic advice. And yes, Australia is damned expensive....

  • Mono Ped
    Mono Ped Month ago

    rode with my brother from california, across canada to newfoundland, back home across the northern USA. let one character tag along for a bit, but ended up cutting him loose. on a trip that long (3 months, 14,000 miles) you have to get along/like each other.

  • Alan Mott-Smith
    Alan Mott-Smith Month ago +1

    Bro you said it better than I could. You RAN OUT OF MONEY. Stay home. You are not one to speak about anything. have a nice day, sir.

  • george balmer
    george balmer Month ago

    Solid life skills 👍

  • Jim Fisher
    Jim Fisher Month ago +3

    calamity (def.): the sum of smaller mistakes that meet each other in a perfect circumstantial shitstorm

  • abhay kumar
    abhay kumar Month ago

    After watching this, I just cancelled my long riding trip with the unknown ones & as I learnt what could go wrong in group ride

  • Look_around
    Look_around Month ago

    It is basically that you need a partner if you want a long trip by motorbike. Make sure that everything is prepared before you go.

  • hutenant
    hutenant Month ago

    Very good.

  • mokokawi
    mokokawi Month ago

    No one tells me their "rules" i ride alone

  • Jean-Luc Barreau
    Jean-Luc Barreau Month ago

    Great and relevant content!

  • Doogie G
    Doogie G Month ago

    Great Video. I’m gonna show my age, but I now know what Rosanne Rosannadanna’s brother would have sounded like.

  • Len Boyd
    Len Boyd Month ago

    Ride alone meet more people as well

  • Roman
    Roman Month ago

    If I could give ten likes to this video, I would! Thank you for the wisdom you sharing man! ride safe!

  • wurtzi1221
    wurtzi1221 2 months ago

    Well done!

  • ThePigvincent
    ThePigvincent 2 months ago

    Tend to ride alone 90 percent. Other folks' riding styles usually irritate me quickly.( Rocketeers and dawdlers who stop for tea and cakes every 20 miles!)

  • Jeff Smith
    Jeff Smith 2 months ago

    Pedro, do you know WHICH video it was in which Ed March talks about feelings of darkness on motorcycle trips ? I'd like to see that, but I'd rather not have do watch 20 different videos just to find that part.

    • Jeff Smith
      Jeff Smith 2 months ago

      @Pedro Mota Yeah. I got it. Sorry to bug ya.

    • Pedro Mota
      Pedro Mota  2 months ago

      Check the video description, enjoy

  • animehia
    animehia 2 months ago

    Super video! I have been cycling in 20 countries so far and although I travel by bicycle and I was still nodding my head during all the 10:44 min. Definately applicable on a bicycle tour. I had to laugh many times with your well said realizations! Thank you!

  • Alex Lisyuk
    Alex Lisyuk 2 months ago

    dood , . You are one ugly ass

  • David Kuhn
    David Kuhn 2 months ago

    The best motorcycle trips I've been on have not had real destinations... the ONLY thing is the trip. What that ends up looking like are "loose destinations" that break the trip up into segments with time to review and retrench when needed... but with HUGE latitude to shift. For instance... NY to CA: Destination 1 was Tail of the Dragon in 2 days. Destination 2 was Fayetteville Arkansas a day later. Destination 3 was Pikes Peak 2 days after that and finally San Diego 3 days after that. In between we were free to find whatever fun roads we could and the only rule was "no interstate highways". As the trip progressed we found out there was 3 feet of snow on Pike's Peak... so scratch that... Destination 3 was White Sands NM.

  • David Kuhn
    David Kuhn 2 months ago +1

    I'm a typical introvert but I've found I can adjust to either solo or small group of friends rides. On my last "really long" trip I spent a month riding 11,000 miles around the US, for the first 4700 miles (NY to San Diego via a pretty meandering route) I was with 2 other riders (brother and cousin). They had to be home before I did so they split and I rode the remaining 6300 miles solo. Group riding has some downsides (having to compromise - which for me meant slowing down a bit and stopping more often) but some upsides (someone to share the adventure!). The first two days of solo in CA I really missed that... in fact I almost changed my plans to catch up to them... but I held out and on the 3rd day I had come really epic riding in central CA (I was heading north to Seattle) and before I knew it I was loving being solo. SO... just because you're an introvert don't assume you can't enjoy a group ride... and I suspect that extroverts will find that they can love riding solo if they give it a chance.

    I can't believe ANYONE drinks Heineken.

  • Phil Private
    Phil Private 2 months ago

    Hi i have done a few trips around Europe some with a friend and some on my own, i recently did a trip to Ireland on my own i miscalculated the distance i had to travel due to bad weather so i didn't get to visit some places, but i still enjoyed myself, as regards packing to much luggage i learnt a long time ago to take all the old clothes i didn't wear to much and bin them instead of washing them that way the load gets lighter, besides you can always pick new stuff cheap if you run short, safe journey everyone out there. Phil

  • David Beatty
    David Beatty 2 months ago

    Great vid.Good subject matter. Well presented.

  • Freddie Greer
    Freddie Greer 2 months ago

    Most trips alone, easier. You can make your own schedule and time table and enjoy the ride and scenery rather than rushing.

  • Citizenthirteen
    Citizenthirteen 2 months ago

    I like to travel with others. A must IMO is you all wear communicators . It is very annoying and sometimes dangerous if you can't talk with others when you need to.

  • Flying Dog
    Flying Dog 2 months ago

    Ride alone is the best policy, time and problems in vovled is direct proportional to the square of the number of riders.

  • Solewu Anshur
    Solewu Anshur 2 months ago

    For the solo vs group kind of thing.
    I set out solo and most of the time I ride solo, but I do enjoy traveling together aswell!
    My three main points for riding together for a longer time :)

    1. You're personalities need to work well together and you need to have some me time still.
    This can be reading a book, playing a game on your phone, doing sudokus,... whatever you like!
    2. Having the same kind of terrain in mind. If one wants to do mainly offroad and the other prefers to pavement it might not work out well in the end. Too boring on the road for the one and to stressfull off the road for the other.
    3. Having a similar riding pace. Having to hurry all the time and stressing to keep up or feeling annoyed that you are limited to a slower pace can lead to a lot of frustrations. If the pace is comfortable but from time to time you want to go a little crazy on an offroad section or the twisties then it's ok to go faster for a certain period of time and then wait for your companions to catch up ;)

    It is always ok to go your own way when things don't work out!

    some experiences:
    I've teamed up with other riders in Patagonia where 2 of my 3 points matched, one was a rallyrider and waaay to fast for me, another wanted to do things super relaxed and slow which didn't line up with my schedule. And so after a couple of days we split up wishing eachother good luck and we still keep in contact from time to time.
    There were also times where it worked wonderfully and we stayed together way longer than expected!
    A crossing from Malaysia to Indonesia together became going through entire Indonesia together!
    Camping together near Cochrane in Patagonia became arriving in Ushuaia together!
    Going from Atacama to Uyuni together became shipping to Panama together!

    • Solewu Anshur
      Solewu Anshur 2 months ago

      I also want to mention that I'm more offroad oriented and riding together with others in some very hard and dangerous terrain can be really helpful and welcome!

  • Osame Hammadi
    Osame Hammadi 2 months ago

    Good video 👍👌

  • Sam West Music
    Sam West Music 2 months ago

    Good advise mate.Thank you very much. :-)

  • Alexander Klein
    Alexander Klein 2 months ago

    Young wise man. A lot of people never see their monkey mind and that fighting with reality burns energy. The only existing moment is here and now and the most stress is just a thought about past and future. Well done. Nice video :)

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    trips and tricks .. mistakes are all part of the adventures :)

  • Lane Yaremchuk
    Lane Yaremchuk 2 months ago

    Omg. That was an awesome video! I absolutely HATE riding in a group... WHY? it’s like having someone tell you when to go, where to go, when to stop, where to stop, why to stop, how fast to go... arrrrg. Forget it. Throw the woman on the back and GO (mine likes riding as a passenger). Everyone I have riden with is either “gonna do 1000km today”, “I rode to Russia and back in a weekend” and I think... WTF is wrong with you man. Or they are travelling at 90 MPH all the time. No thanks man... you go on ahead and I’ll meet you there in 3 days - NOT.

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  • Ender Wiggin
    Ender Wiggin 2 months ago

    Words of wisdom have been spoken! Well done Pedro. So true.

  • Regnar Ex DoomerX
    Regnar Ex DoomerX 2 months ago

    Great video. I half expected it to be just a lot of cliches, but there were some deep stuff

  • Kenny Sharpensteen
    Kenny Sharpensteen 2 months ago

    Good stuff. Thx man

  • jacob jensen
    jacob jensen 2 months ago +1

    I'm saying thank you for this video! And I mean it! I'm thinking on going to Sweden here in the summer, there is a old mine I have to see again. I was a small kid last time 👌

  • sol star
    sol star 2 months ago

    Lot of crashes 🙈

  • Silvia Zencich
    Silvia Zencich 2 months ago +4

    wow I found this video very helpful!! thank u so much!!!

  • Frederico Nolasco
    Frederico Nolasco 2 months ago

    Heeey Pedro! Alguma dica em relação aos sites de planeamento de viagens?

  • trix4free
    trix4free 2 months ago

    If I ride with anyone I have to really trust them. The one time I rode with a group I didn't know well, these guys wanted to do stupid stuff and ride unsafely. That put them, and myself in danger.

  • Brianne C
    Brianne C 3 months ago +8

    I always ride alone, I would like to have someone to ride with sometimes but most of my bike friends live on the other side of the country. Last year I put over 5000 klms on my old 1980 Honda 500 and had the time of my life. You are much more approachable when you are alone so are more likely to meet locals and other riders. Keep the rubber side down.

    • Ian Thompson
      Ian Thompson Month ago +1

      Yeah I always ride alone, I’d like riding buddies. But my few friends that have bikes just are not into it as much as me. They want to just cruise around the city on weekends. Where I practically live on my bike and want to go on day long adventures lol

  • oz ark
    oz ark 3 months ago

    Too mucn talking mate, bring us to the topic asap.

  • The Two Wheel Life
    The Two Wheel Life 3 months ago +1

    Awsome video! This is good advice for riding, and real life in general. You have a great outlook. As far as mistakes I've made. There isn't enough typing room LOL! Keep the videos coming!

  • Rob M.
    Rob M. 3 months ago

    Notes well taken. I prefer smaller group, or by my self in trips longer than 1,000 miles. That way if I see something I want to check out, I don't send the group into a panic, or have to worry about getting out voted.

  • Edward Gillatt
    Edward Gillatt 3 months ago +2

    Cracking video! you only get out of life what you put in. Got up in the UK one cold Feb morning and decided to see how far I could travel from Burnley in daylight. Wife thought I was only going out for an hour or two, but 10hrs later I was in Riems in France. Rode back next morning 970miles on a Yamaha MT 09 and a great experience.

  • Pedro Ribeiro
    Pedro Ribeiro 3 months ago +1

    Good advices, cheers mate, abraço ;)

  • Matthew Hoopes
    Matthew Hoopes 3 months ago

    Generally speaking I much prefer alone when traveling. For so many reasons, many already discussed here. My buddy and I are planning a trip this summer and I'm a bit hesitant. I will probably plan in a break off point, and if he decides to stay with, it's my rules or no go. I'll compromise up till the break off point...

  • Ticky Tocky
    Ticky Tocky 3 months ago

    I ride alone, I hate tickets and thats what happens when I ride with others, it turns to competition.