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Old 02-12-2019, 09:16 AM   #1
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Recommendation for best two-up trip in the world

Getting married this year and the wife and I are looking to do a two-up tour around June. We're looking for the following:

1. Good riding (twisties, mountains, scenic etc)
2. Smooth'ish roads. The girly doesn't want to be bouncing around on the back for a week.
3. Decent motorcycle for two-up (very objective)
4. Good accommodations. This is her trip as well, we cant be slumming it for a full week.
5. Food, drinks, and fun!

Bonus points:
1. Warm sunny beaches

Right now our top pick is the orient express tour which is through Romania, Bulgaria, and Turkey. Some other places we were thinking, Italy, Mexico/Central America, Argentina/South America, Greece. It doesn't have to be guided and we aren't against riding my bike out from the Bay Area. Who knows the next time we'll be able to do something like this so let's make it epic!
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Old 02-12-2019, 09:56 AM   #2
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I you're willing to go to Europe (as I see you are), then Spain will fulfil all your desires.

BMW or Harley would be the motorcycles of choice for two up.

Also check out Edelweiss tours. They go everywhere.
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Old 02-12-2019, 10:28 AM   #3
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My sister and her boyfriend are going the New Zealand for a motorcycle tour. Sounds like a great destination if spectacular mounts is your thing.

Thailand might be a cool country to tour, I've seen a ton of spectacular pictures from there, especially the markets and the spice boats.
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Old 02-12-2019, 12:35 PM   #4
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My sister and her boyfriend are going the New Zealand for a motorcycle tour. Sounds like a great destination if spectacular mounts is your thing.
But probably not in June...
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Old 02-12-2019, 01:24 PM   #5
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Also check out Edelweiss tours. They go everywhere.
Second vote for Edelweiss. I have been on two and they are great. They transfer your luggage from hotel to hotel and check you in. So, when you arrive at the destination hotel, you just walk up to the front desk and give them your name. They give you your key and your luggage is sitting in your room. Also, everyday you have three route choices. A longer or shorter route (both with a guide), or be on your own. We always choose to do our own since the guide (leader) has to ride to the least common denominator (usually pretty slow).
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Old 02-12-2019, 02:25 PM   #6
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I you're willing to go to Europe (as I see you are), then Spain will fulfil all your desires.

BMW or Harley would be the motorcycles of choice for two up.

Also check out Edelweiss tours. They go everywhere.

Second Vote for Spain! Can hit Portugal too. Also Morocco is just a ferry ride away (could be a fun side day trip). I didn't ride a motorcycle in Morocco, but I did get to ride a camel

I'd recommend a BMW R1200RT. Super comfy for both rider and passenger. Handles the twisties really well and I would assume (in Europe at least), there will be more dealer/shop support for the BMW.


It's been a while since I have seen it and I don't remember the name, but there was a company that was doing a New Zealand/Australia ride. IIRC it went from northern NZ to southern NZ, popped over to Australia then rode south to north. This is a ride I have wanted to do for probably 25 years now... lol
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Old 02-12-2019, 02:53 PM   #7
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My sister and her boyfriend are going the New Zealand for a motorcycle tour. Sounds like a great destination if spectacular mounts is your thing.

Thailand might be a cool country to tour, I've seen a ton of spectacular pictures from there, especially the markets and the spice boats.
We drove a car in Andalusia and Madrid Spain a few summers ago and were amazed how well built, easy to navigate and managed the roads were. Plus they was so little traffic on the highways and drivers were polite. Affordable, safe, clean and fun. We plan to revisit some day.

If you're ATGATT people I'd reconsider Thailand. We visited during the February "cool" season and all I remember is too hot for human life heat and humidity. It's 15 degrees from the equator. A scooter tour with minimal gear would be more tolerable.
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Old 02-12-2019, 03:34 PM   #8
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Another vote for Spain/Portugal tour, I spent a paltry few days riding dirt and hitting asphalt there back in October last year, it was pure, romantic moto-heaven that checked all of your boxes.

If you can, try to include Corsica and Sardinia as well. Really hard to beat small Mediterranean island life...shameless ride-report plug: http://bayarearidersforum.com/forums...d.php?t=531284

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Old 02-12-2019, 06:01 PM   #9
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Also, check out Edelweiss tours. They go everywhere.
+4 or more. Be sure to check the self-guided tours if you like to ride on your own schedule.


The wife and I are very independent. We did the Swiss Alp in September of 2017. Ride report here. Did not use a tour company, rented a BMW 1250RT and did our own planning. Ride of a lifetime, like riding through a Calendar . We plan to do it again in September with two other couple.

Do the trip you will have a great time.

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As another has said, I would be biased to Spain. Both north and south have amazing coastal beaches during that time of year. Also look up Majorca, Spain.
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Old 02-13-2019, 04:08 AM   #13
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Getting married this year and the wife and I are looking to do a two-up tour around June. We're looking for the following:

1. Good riding (twisties, mountains, scenic etc)
2. Smooth'ish roads. The girly doesn't want to be bouncing around on the back for a week.
3. Decent motorcycle for two-up (very objective)
4. Good accommodations. This is her trip as well, we cant be slumming it for a full week.
5. Food, drinks, and fun!

Bonus points:
1. Warm sunny beaches

Right now our top pick is the orient express tour which is through Romania, Bulgaria, and Turkey. Some other places we were thinking, Italy, Mexico/Central America, Argentina/South America, Greece. It doesn't have to be guided and we aren't against riding my bike out from the Bay Area. Who knows the next time we'll be able to do something like this so let's make it epic!
Here you go:

1) Fly into Nice, France. You will stop in New York (probably), and from there it's direct.
2) Enjoy Nice, France.
3) Rent motorcycle.
4) Ride east to and through Italy, north to and through Switzerland, and south back through France. End in Nice.
5) The roads are amazing, you will spend 4-7 days in the Alps and as many days as you want on the beaches of the Med.
PS: Bring a laptop and just look at the map, find a twisty section you want to go through and a town you want to stay in or AirBNB you want to sleep in. We did this for ten days, it was cheap, and nice, and amazing.

End. of. discussion.

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Old 02-13-2019, 08:59 AM   #14
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I’ve been with these folks and heard good things about this tour.
https://bmca.com/tours/europe/island-interlude.htm
Never thought about road quality in the Alps or England, likely overwhelmed by scenery and the ride.
Congratulations and excellent plan, enjoy!
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