Moto-Tours: Who and Where?

Discussion in 'Vendors' started by ktm950se, Mar 26, 2010.

  1. ktm950se

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    Greetings,
    Recently I was asked by some budding moto-tourists where they could research various motorcycle tour companies. After searching ADV Rider diligently, the answer to their question wasn't obvious.
    So, in the interest of helping anyone who's interested in selecting a moto-tour, but doesn't know what tour operators are available, lets start a list of the tour companies you know, have used, and your thoughts about them!
    It'd be great to post a link to any ride reports you've written about the tour as well.

    Who know, if this goes well, maybe there could even be an entire section on the site devoted to this? :evil

    Who wants to start?

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  2. CarlosM

    CarlosM ADV offroad Colombia

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  3. VancouverBob

    VancouverBob Been here awhile

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    Beach's!

    http://www.bmca.com/

    We'll be off on our fourth tour with them this year and I would highly recommend them over some of the bigger outfits. Every tour is personally run by Rob, and he and Gretchen do a simply outstanding job. Great attention to detail, great inns and country hotels, great routes and fantastic food.

    We really like them since they are extremely flexible. Ride with Rob and you'll see places you never thought you'd see, plus more than likely some new adventures! You can also ride your own route at your own pace.

    We've done the Eastern and Western Alps as well as the Northern Italy tour. We're doing the Corsica tour in Sept and fully intend to do a new tour affiliation they have planned for Chile to Patagonia!

    Fantastic outfit and you get a lot for your money!
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  4. ktm950se

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    Thanks, we're off to a great start! :thumb

    Has anyone ever used any of these tour companies:

    Moto Loco Adventure Tours http://www.moto-loco.com/m-l-webpages/m-l-home.html

    Baja Bound http://www.bajaboundmoto.com/index.html

    Dancing Roads (Cambodia) http://www.dancingroadscambodia.com/index.html

    Explore Indochina (Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam) http://www.exploreindochina.com/

    indiMotard (India) http://www.indimotard.com/index.html

    Off the Map Tours (Mongolia) http://www.mongolia.co.uk/

    Mon Tour Motos (France, Europe) http://www.mon-tour-motos.com/en/home.html

    AdvFactory (Central Asia) http://www.advfactory.com/

    SilkOffRoad (Central Asia) http://www.silkoffroad.kz/en/index.html

    KTM Adventure Tours http://www.ktmadventuretours.com/KTM-Adventure-Tours.6634.0.html

    Flamingo Travel (Vietnam) http://www.flamingotravel.com.vn/

    Compass Expeditions http://compassexpeditions.com/

    gobajaridin' http://www.gobajaridin.com/

    Outback Adventure Treks (Australia) http://www.outbackadventuretreks.com.au/

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  5. DRONE

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    Mazatlan Motorcycle Adventures -- Canadian guy, Gord Bennett, runs the show. Mostly rents Honda NX-400's with 80/20 tires -- sort of a light adventure bike (very light). Reliable fellow and flexible enough to plan whatever kind of tour you want out of Mazatlan. Stocks helmets if you have an easy-to-fit head. The rest of your gear you need to provide.

    We had one rider get-off on my trip resulting in a fairly serious injury (lacerated arm--to the bone). Gord handled the 1st aid duties nicely and got the whole group to the nearest medical clinic without much fuss. The rider got stitched up and we made it back to our hotel by dark.

    Pic of me somewhere near Panuco. I brought a mesh jacket with me and some summer gloves.

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    Great African Outdoors (South Africa) - www.african-outdoors.com Did a private tour with them thru South Africa/Mozambique/Swaziland

    Paradise Motorcycle Tours (New Zealand) - www.paradisemotorcycletours.co.nz They run tours but I only hired a bike from them and traveled on my own.

    I will let you know who I end up going with on my upcoming trip to Ireland :evil
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    VancouverBob Been here awhile

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    CarlosM ADV offroad Colombia

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    Trust me, you're going to have fun!!!

    ADV Moto Tours: http://www.advrentalbogota.com
    BOGOTA COLOMBIA

    The best moto tours around Colombia, on road and off road.

    * Half day tours
    * Day tours
    * 3 day tours
    * 8 day tours (all included)

    We'll pick you up in your hotel going out the city in the truck so you'll ride free of traffic jams!!!
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  10. ktm950se

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    Something your friends might want to consider, depending on where they’re headed, is looking up locals. Sometimes the best routes – or the best guides – can be found just by talking to the people who live and ride in the area.

    That’s something I had trouble doing on a few vacations (though when I managed to get in touch, it was always awesome)… hence the Rider Locator.

    It all depends on what kind of experience they’re looking for, but the tool includes five search criteria to help them find what they want: riding interests, riding skill, mechanical skill, location and local area knowledge. You can see a quick demonstration here.
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  12. ktm950se

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    Good info, thanks!

    Who else has been on a moto-tour that they'd like to tell us about? :ear

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    averagejoe Been here awhile

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  14. Fossilfish

    Fossilfish n00b

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    Be gentle - my first post!

    I've been lurking around this site for sometime as I am keen to mark the big five oh with a dream trip. For me this would be to the end of the World - Tierra del Fuego, Patagonia, Ushuaia (you get the picture) - so this thread is a great find and lured me out.

    VancouverBob's link looks promising. Can I wait for a ride report ? Nope ! So I'll lurk a bit more in the hope so more recommendations come out.

    Keep it up :clap
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    I'm surprised Edelweiss hasn't come up yet.

    I've been on three of their tours: Alaska, Celtic Tour & New Zealand. I've been very pleased with all of those.

    My next tour with them will probably be Kilimanjaro in 2011.
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  20. Humunn

    Humunn Where Next?

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    We run full service off-road tours in beautiful Central and Eastern Oregon along the Oregon Backcountry Discovery Route.

    More info, including ride reports under the Tails of the Trail tab, on our website.

    www.highdesertadventures.net
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