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Buying a motorcycle in Europe, and sell it at the end of the trip..

 All travelers intending a long term motorcycle trip in Europe have several options from renting, shipping or buying a bike. All those solutions have advantages and disadvantages that need to be analyzed according to the kind of motorcycle trip planned.

Renting a motorcycle

For most motorcycle trip in Europe renting is the most cost effective option. Rental companies are numerous in Europe and can provide almost all types of bike from custom to dual sport/adventure bikes or even sport bike. Once you have chosen the country you will rent from and selected the rental company make sure to compare the rates as they can be very different from one to another. For example some includes unlimited mileage others are charging for extra miles. But we will come back later in the blog with more information on how to rent a motorcycle.

Shipping your bike

Depending on how much time you plan to ride in Europe but shipping is an interesting option but not the easiest and certainly not the cheapest. Prices range from 1 to 3 between shippers and destination. Keep in mind that it usually takes time to organize and a lot of hassle on paperwork. There is also a risk, especially with sea freight, of delays. Once your bike is arrived at destination it also takes some time with customs and shippers to get it.
Then when you think it’s done and can start you ride you must get an insurance which is another story especially as a non-resident. Shipping is worth if you plan to spend at least 6 to 9 months or more.

Buying a motorcycle and sell it back

At least but not last you can try to buy a motorcycle and sell it back when you have completed your trip. It must be stated that in order to be cost effective the duration of trip must be at least 3 months. Below this period renting can still be interesting.
Compare to renting and shipping, buying is not the easiest to find as very few business offers this service. Sometimes motorcycle dealers will be ok to do it but it will cost a lot.

The principle is very simple. You buy a bike, do your trip, come back and sell it.
The main advantage of this system is that you don’t have to go through the administrative hassle (registration and insurance). As an example, in most European countries you can only get insurance (or even sometimes title) if you can prove you are a resident. In most case there are ways to go around it but it’s always playing on the razor’s edge and it’s time consuming and stressful.
Some company only charge a fee on each transaction but you only get your money back when the bike is sold (can take a few months) some charge a percentage of the value of the bike which is what Ride in Tours offers.
As an example Ride in Tours use a chart in accordance with the mileage done and duration to get the percentage of refund on the bike (from 40 to 60 %).

How does it work in details when dealing with Ride in Tours.

You ask for the type of bike you want and the budget your have (full price of the motorbike), we search for it with our partnership of dealers or even in classified and we submit some bike to your approval. When looking for a motorcycle we always promote bikes coming from dealer as they are automatically guaranteed (from 2 to 6 months) by law.
It’s unlikely that the bike will not come with the level of equipment required but we can quote and get anything mounted before your arrival (luggage racks, top case box, gps holder, etc)
Then in order to buy the bike for you we ask a 40% deposit. The balance is paid generally on bike delivery. So when you arrive to pick up your bike everything is ready. Then motorcycle in insured and titled and equipped if necessary.

What are the recommended bike in Europe for a long trip ? :
well hard to say.. Unless you don’t have a specific idea before searching on the web, we suggest that dual purpose bike are a good choice : of course BMW GS’s are a must but not always affordable. Kawasaki  Versys, Honda 700 NCX, Suzuki Vstrom, Yamaha FJR are good compromise also. All those models are easy to find at a reasonable price, and offers a wide range of equipment and are perfect for long trip. Of course if you are looking for THE specific bike like a 1996’s blue Yamaha 900 Diversion with less than 30000 km it could be harder to find…
In France the biggest classified website for motorcycle is Le Bon Coin :

The motorcycle can also come from our fleet. When bike have done their time in rental we usually keep it available for the sell and buyback program. In this case you save the cost of title (around 130 €).

Returning the bike

When you have complete your tour of Europe you bring the bike back to our office and we give you back your deposit (from 60 to 40%) depending on the mileage done and time you had the bike.
To get the deposit back according to the contract it’s important that you maintain the bike according to the manufacturer recommendation service manual while on the road. This mean service, tyres, oil changes, etc.
Of course any damage or a bike brought dirty and scratched will generate some extras fees and lower the refund amount.
Insurance :
When we buy the bike for you can also choose the type of contract you want. Of course this has to be in accordance with bike cost and age. Keep in mind that even with a 3rd liability, an insurance contract will cover you as a person and the passengers as well even in the unfortunate case of responsible damage.
As an example of rate here is the price of contracts (2016) for a BMW F 800 R (6000 € value) Insurance : comprehensive : 747 € or liability : 406 €
Therefore it’s always cautious to subscribe a travel insurance in your home country that will take you back home in case of serious health problem.
Driving license
It is vital that you have a valid driving license for Europe since at least 2 years (for insurance purpose) and should not be expired otherwise you may not be covered. We always strongly recommend that you get an international license from your country. If your national license has a restriction of cc and power this one also applies in Europe.

Motorcycle storage

Most company that do sell and buy back also offers a storage service. Some charge for it some don’t. usually it’s around 30 € a month. They will also supply assistance like transfer from train or airport or finding accommodation.
Whatever options you choose buying is very often cheaper than shipping or renting.
Feel free to contact us for inquiries or for a quote of your project. As active member of the horizon Unlimited community we are always happy to assist any motorcycle traveler.


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Ride the mythic Nürburgring in Germany !

Ride the mythic Nürburgring in Germany !

Near Cologne, in the heart of the Eifel forest in Germany is one of the most mythical racetrack: The Nürburgring.
Created in 1927, with a length of 27 km and with more than 177 turns, it is a unique place in the world for all lovers of speed who want to aim to get their wheels on track.

Nicknamed "the Green Hell" by F1 driver Jackie Stewart and considered as one of the most dangerous circuits in the world, its unrolls his 20 km loop uphill and downhill.

The Northern circuit or Nordschleife loop does not catch the first stroke and it takes many turns to familiarize itself with its selective layout. There are all the ingredients: blind curves, cant, fast portions and tight pins, all in a relief and a unique natural scenery with slopes up to 16% and often a delicate weather (fog at its summit). 
There are many different painted tags, some of them in memory of missing pilots. Moreover most manufacturers and racing teams come to test their latest models and challenge them.


The Nordschleife, which became too dangerous, was withdrawned from the F1 world championship. It was also on this circuit that Nikki Lauda had his serious accident at the German Grand Prix in 1976. He was also removed from the motorcycle Continental Circus for the same reasons. The track is still used for the endurance championship for the Nürburgring 24 hour race.

In 1984 a new track was opened nearby which hosted again the F1 and motorcycle Grand Prix in the 90s before it was transferred to the Sachsenring.


Today this circuit is an open road accessed by a toll where every owner of a motor vehicle, from the sports car to Formula GT, comes to test the power of his engine. But there are also all kinds of vehicles, from motorhomes to tourist buses, motorbikes or vintage cars. Ride it with caution because the road regulations that applies are not those of a racetrack as it is forbidden to overtake on right even if one can ride there without speed limit.

The track record is held by a German driver with a Porsche 956.


You can get the opportunity to experience the ride on the Nürburgring by joining our tour “In the heart of Europe” as It’s included in our program. A thrilling moment.

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31st Edition of the Motorcycle flea market of Niort

31st Edition of the Motorcycle flea market of Niort

The 31st edition of the motorcycle flea market was taking place this week-end in Niort in the Poitou region. The event has become, for many years, a great classic motorcycle rallye in the calendar of all western atlantic bikers.

The success is mainly due to the fact that it’s a free rallye and also the quality of its oganization, thanks to their numerous volunteers. This flea market is one of the biggest in France with the one in Elboeuf in Normandy.

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This year thanks to the radiant sun that warmed the weekend, more than 30 000 attendants came to the fairground of Noron to admire motorcycles of all kinds but especially looking for the rare item they’ve been looking for a long time. You can also enjoy the concerts and mechanic shows during the week-end but the main interest comes from the unusual bikes that can be seen here like this rare Bimota or this Kawasaki with a french famous frame Martin

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But my favorite remains ...

Royal Enfield Bullet à louer

A beautiful motorcycle trip that call spring rides to come...


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Visit of the Museum of the 24 Hours of Le Mans

Visit of the Museum of the 24 Hours of Le Mans

24 hours of Le Mans motorcycle race is coming soon in april so why not take the opportunity to visit the museum of the 24 hours. If the Le Mans is mainly known for its rillettes, a pork paté, it is the motor sports that made the heyday of the city.

Settled In the heart of the legendary Bugatti circuit, the museum created in 1961  was fully renovated in 2009 to offer visitors a journey through time on the themes of race, car history and the industrial heritage.

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While the largest part of the museum is dedicated to the car manufacturing and racing, motorcycle still have a noteworthy space with the famous 24 hours motorcycle race. You will see the bike of former Grand Prix racer Christian Sarron or even the Honda World Endurance Champion bike of Leon Chemarin.

The 24-hour museum is included in our Normandy and Brittany tour where after driving on the 24 hours ciccuit itself and passed the legendary Mulsanne and Arnage curves, you will wander the aisles of the museum before taking lunch in the listed village of St Ceneri le Gerei in the heart of the Mancelles Alps.

For more information on our tour Normandy & Brittany motorcycle tour  and France Discovery motorcycle tour

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Bikes available for sell & buyback

For those who are looking for a bike for a long trip in France or Europe we currently have the following models available. All our models are serviced and ready to go.

Honda Deauville 650 NTV : 2 400 €  (Available begin of july 2016)
Bike is from july 2001 and has  67000 kms. Equipment : high windshield, comfort seat and Givi top case box. 

Honda 600 CBF (ABS) : 3 500 € (available 1st of august)
Bike is from 2008 and has 42000 kms equipment : comfort seat, Givi panniers and top case box

Honda 700 NCX (ABS) : 4 000 € (available begin of September)
Bike is from 2012 and has 37000 kms : Givi top case box

Contact us for any further information. Following your trip duration and mileage you plan to ride we offer a 40% to 60% value of buyback.

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Have you ever thought about riding in the Canary islands ?

Have you ever thought about riding in the Canary islands ?

Guess what ? We did it and we've been surprised by what those islands has to offer : gorgeous roads and landscapes, mild weather all year long, nice and welcoming people, mountains and sea, and as many curves and twisty roads you can imagine... So why not trying it ?

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