Frequently Asked Questions
Planning Your Tour
I have never been on tour before - will I hold everybody up?
No. Whenever there is a group of riders, you will always get a wide range of experience and riding abilities. You will see that our rides are graded, this helps us to ensure that the skill gap between riders is as small as possible. We are very happy to help you choose the correct Tour for your maximum enjoyment and you can rest assured that you will never be asked to ride beyond your capabilities. However, you owe it to yourself and the others on tour to be a competent rider and choose a tour within your riding capabilities. We can help you with this on booking. If you have any questions where a more detailed answer is needed just get in touch with us and we will be on hand to work it out with you
I have never toured abroad before - how much experience do I need?
We include a brief description of how much experience we feel you need for each particular tour and have graded them accordingly. It is important that you are comfortable with the mileages, and the type of tour you have chosen. We ride on the same side of the road as the UK and have much less traffic so many people find riding in Cyprus a lot easier than in the UK. Anything we feel is necessary for you to know about riding on the roads here in Cyprus safely will be included in your Tour Pack.
How Difficult are your Tours?
As much as possible we grade our Tours and so you should be able to find something that suits you. Of course, it is up to you to be honest with yourself as to your capabilities. If you have any questions as to whether your preferred Tour is an even match to you skill level do not hesitate to contact us and we will endeavour to help you choose the correct Tour. If in any doubt go one level down as you will enjoy the Tour much more. Remember you’re on vacation!
Is there a minimum number of riders needed for a tour?
We limit our tours and try to keep between to groups of 3 – 9. If you would like a one to one experience then please contact us direct. We like to keep our tours small and intimate.
What is the average age of people on tour, do you have a minimum and maximum age?
We get asked this often! Our tours are open to all ages. However, overall we find that the people who come on tour with us are more interested in touring and enjoying the views than getting their knee down. Minimum age for Bike rental in Cyprus is 25. We do not have a maximum age. We hope that riders will know when the time has come to ‘hang up their leathers’. However, should you come on Tour and be deemed unsafe then you will not be taken on tour. You will be free to enjoy your vacation in the accommodation booked but will not receive any refund.
How far will we be riding each day?
Kilometres will vary every day, Our mountain roads and local villages often take more time to ride due to their location and our small twisty roads. Often a full days ride amounts to only 250kms. We try and stay off the motorway as much as possible and have regular breaks for water/coffee/lunch plus we leave time for photo opportunities and local attractions.
We believe tours should be considered as holidays, not marathons. Whilst there is ample opportunity for riders to exploit their machines’ capabilities, we want everyone to arrive at their destination having enjoyed the scenery and then being ready to relax and appreciate the local food and drink (which is plentiful!).
If you have chosen one of our RoSPA training tours then you will have a different focus and so will do more specific riding depending on your desired outcome.
You will find rough estimates of daily mileages and totals for each tour within the tour details on the website.
How long are the days?
The length of our days vary and we try to make sure that everyone on the tour is comfortable with this in mind we can and occasionally do tweak our Tours as we go.
Do we get rest days?
Our Tours feature either a Hub Tour, where you go back to the same accommodation every night, or a Roving Tour, where we move location every night, or every few days. Either way, once you are at a location, your time is your own, so please feel free to do as you wish. Within your Tour Pack will be information on local attractions and things to see and your guide will be able to suggest some good routes if you’d like to do some additional riding. Also if you would like a day free to go off and do your own thing, please let us know so we can incorporate that into your tour.
Can a non – motorcycle rider take part in any of your tours?
Pillions are welcome as long as they come with their own rider. At present we do not have the capability of providing riders for non-riding tourers. If this becomes a popular request then it is something we would look into.
How do we book a tour?
Contact us for pricing and for information on bike hire.
Upon our receipt of your Booking and Deposit, you will be sent a Booking Confirmation Invoice showing the remaining Tour balance and when it is due. We send a balance reminder.
Once we receive the balance for your tour, we will issue a final receipt, together with any relevant information. A full Tour Information Pack will then be sent 2-4 weeks before departure – however, please feel free to contact us at any time with any questions you may have.
Can we pay by Credit card?
Yes, you can pay by Credit Card or Electronic Bank Transfers in Euros.
Do you do motorbike hire?
Yes, we can provide some styles of bike for hire, or point you in the direction of a bike hire company for your preferred bike. Please note: some of our routes are not for Harley style bikes so please contact us should you wish to upgrade your bike.
What paperwork will I need?
Alongside your passport you will need:
- To make sure your passport’s up to date and has enough legibility remaining to cover your trip and the six months extra that some countries require. A good place to check what documents a country needs is the Foreign Office, with up-to-date advice at gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice.
- Travel Insurance – make sure you have a policy that includes being able to ride a motorcycle and check that it covers you for everything you may need. It is often best to use the EHIC form as a back up to your existing travel insurance policy.
- EHIC form – The form for the European Health Insurance Card is available at most Post Offices and is useful to have if you are taken ill abroad and need treatment.
- We strongly urge you to take out some kind of holiday cancellation insurance in the unfortunate event of you being unable to come on tour due to unforeseen circumstances i.e. redundancy or illness.
- A current valid Drivers License including motorcycles.
I am unable to make the dates for your tours - can you help?
We will always endeavour to help. Given sufficient numbers we would be willing to discuss putting together a tour package to suit your dates. That said, I’m sure you will appreciate, there is a great deal of work involved in arranging these packages, therefore we charge 100 euros for putting the package together. This would be refunded once the booking is confirmed and paid for.
Add a question - if I’m here in holiday and would like to join one of your tours for just a day can I do this?
Yes, you can, you can come along on any full or half-day tour. Please contact us to ask which tours are happening on which days.
General Questions About Tours
What do I need to bring with me?
Packing for a Motorcycle Tour isn’t always easy, especially with some of the Airline weight policies but it can be done relatively painlessly. Of course, you can always wear your jacket and boots on the flight to cut down on luggage weight. Luckily, when you’re coming to Cyprus, apart from your riding gear, you only need the lightest and bare minimum for ‘Apres Biking’. Check out our blog for hints and tips on what and how to pack.
Helmets can be provided by the motorcycle rental company, however we do recommend you bring your own. Please check with your airline if you are considering taking them on as hand luggage as many do not allow this. We have always found that packing them in the centre of your case filled with rolled up t-shirts or underwear and in their protective bags generally suffices.
Coping with the heat
You may be surprised to hear that less is definitely not more when riding in a hot country.
Sunburn and heat exhaustion are real when exposed to the sometimes harsh but always glorious summer. A lot of it you can leave to us as with planned routes and regular water stops we will, of course, keep you safe but to help yourself get the most out of your Tour:
- If you have an armoured mesh jacket then bring it.
- Vented riding gear will also keep you cooler.
- Wear wicking base layers – a synthetic wicking t-shirt and shorts will be far better than a cotton T-shirt. The beauty of synthetics is that they wick excess heat away from the body making them a perfect garment when worn alone under your jacket on a hot day. They provide light compression for better circulation and less fatigue. The other advantage of synthetic wicking is that eventually, the air is going to cool down, whether you’re heading up into a cool mountain pass or the day is ending at some point, you’ll want your t-shirt dry. Wet cotton T-shirts do not dry quickly enough and so swing you the other way by having a wet shirt draped over your body when outside air temperature drops. Not good medicine. Synthetic wicking garments typically dry out three times faster than natural fibres, allowing you to manage your core temp better. One final advantage of good synthetic wicking is that they pack much smaller. You will find lots more tips in our blog.
NB – Go a step further by adding an evaporative cooling neck wrap. The 100% cotton necktie is “filled with water-absorbing polymer crystals which can hold 350–400 times their weight in water and they release it slowly (over a period of days).” You can also wear a bandana or neck gaiter soaked in water, but they dry out much faster. Neck wraps have the added benefit of protecting your neck from sunburn. We always recommend you wear something around your neck anyway – hitting and insect at high speed is not nice!
Do any women come on your tours?
Yes – we have many women riders who come on our tours – sometimes with friends or partners, and sometimes on their own. We also offer women-only custom and/or group Tours should they wish to remain in an all women environment. In fact, our Spa Tour was specifically designed with women in mind.
What’s the dress code in the evenings?
The majority of accommodation we use is 3* standard or above. Once you know which tour you are taking, we can provide you with the exact accommodation details and you can decide on appropriate dress codes.
How much money should I take?
In Cyprus you will need Euros. The euro is now the common currency of Europe (including Ireland) making life easier for anyone touring abroad. Credit cards are also readily accepted most places although you might find the occasional restaurant or shop only takes cash. If you do run short of currency, there are numerous ATMs although most now charge you for the privilege. Please look carefully at the description of what exactly is included on your tour. Every tour includes en-suite accommodation and some meals. Fuel is included in your tour price so you don’t have to budget for that unless you decide to venture out on your own.
Do your customers all tend to know each other already?
It can sometimes seem that many people on tour already know each other (if they book together, invariably they do). At first, this may seem daunting, however we feel sure that by the end of the first day, you will not only know everyone, but have made many new friends. Many of these friendships become permanent, with many clients keeping in touch with each other and booking together on subsequent tours.
What is a Guided Tour?
Our Guided Tours mean you need have no maps to read, or route directions to follow – you will be led by an experienced guide whose local knowledge will ensure that you get to see all the right places and ride some great roads. We use a simple system which allows you to ride at your own speed and ability at all times.
Note: All of our tour guides are Police/RoSPA qualified and our advanced rider coaches hold Gold (the highest) standard and are trained in the Police Foundations’s ‘System Of Motorcycle Control’. They are also all trained in first aid.
During Your Tour
What if the motorcycle breaks down or there is a crash?
We’ll do our best to get it repaired quickly. In the meantime, you’ll be provided a spare motorcycle. We don’t have an obligation to replace a motorcycle that has been rendered inoperable due to a traffic accident.
After Your Tour
Is there a Review process or suggestion box?
Yes, we have an online Feedback Form for you to complete. Your feedback and suggestions are extremely important to us and will enable us to serve you in the right way in the future. We appreciate all forms of feedback so please let us know what we are getting right, how you think we can improve our Tours and service to you and anything else you feel would be constructive.
I hope you find something to interest you and look forward to meeting you on one of our Tours this year.
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