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Advice for Women Motorcycle Travelers:

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International trips by motorcycle
Albania, Austria, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Canada, Croatia, Northern England & Scotland, France, Hungary, Italy, Luxembourg, Macedonia (the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia), Montenegro, Norway, Poland, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Sweden

Trips riding my own motorcycle
California ("Lost Coast" and gold country), Idaho, Montana (Glacier NP), Nevada, Oregon, Washington (state), Wyoming (Yellowstone), Canada (Alberta and British Columbia, Jasper, Banff & Kootenay).



  When you fly, luggage space is at a premium. But when you travel by motorcycle, space is even more precious - you can't pay some outrageous fee to take another bag; you have a limited amount of space, period. And what shoes to pack on a motorcycle trip is something I have frequently struggled with. I'm not sure the struggle is over.

Which shoes to take for a motorcycle trip depends on a lot of things:

  • What you will be doing while traveling (how much walking will you do? what will the terrain be like? will you be doing any hard core hiking?)
  • What will the weather be like where you are going? (which, if you are doing a RTW trip, means planning for every scenario)
  • Will you be camping, or staying in hotels?
  • How conscious are you of your shoes, in terms of what other people see in you/think of you?
When I have traveled by motorcycle, I've been camping some or all of the time, and a lot of walking has been a part of the trip: we sometimes go to a spot and camp there for a couple of days, taking day trips and doing a lot of hiking or sight-seeing by walking. That's dictated what I need in terms of shoes. Therefore:
 For many years, I wore a pair of hiking boots, rather than motorcycle boots, when I rode. I changed to a pair of Irish Setter work boots in 2012. I would love to wear motorcycle boots when I ride and then use them for hiking as well, but I have yet to find motorcycle boots that fit me AT ALL, let alone that would be comfortable enough for walking around a city or hiking for a few hours. The downside of wearing hiking boots instead of motorcycle boots while riding is, of course, the laces. But the space I save in my panniers by not having to pack what I'm going to walk in is so awesome for extra clothes or saved for something I buy during the trip. Go for comfort and durability, and make sure the boots are at least somewhat waterproof.

 I pack Teva sandals. I can hike in these as well, as long as the terrain isn't too crazy and it's warm enough. They are also great for wearing down to breakfast in a hotel or for around the camp site. Even in cold weather, as long as its dry, a thick pair of hiking socks make these wearable even outside. Only downside: you have to be careful how you pack these, because to much stress on the plastic buckle will break it (both mine and my husbands' pair broke this way; luckily, we had bought them at REI.

 Cheap plastic flip flops, for the shower or for running around a hotel room.

No "dress" shoes - I'm not going to work and I'm not going dancing.

Take a mix of hiking socks and light-weight socks. I have both winter hiking socks and summer hiking socks, and the weather forecasts determines which I take. I like hiking socks because they provide more support for walking - something I do a lot of during motorcycle trips. I also take some hiking "footies" to wear with the Tevas, or those super-light-weight airplane socks.

Also see:

You want an aluminum top box, but the huge alu boxes of most sellers for one or even two helmets are too big for you, and too expensive?

My husband has designed an aluminium topcase just for you! (and for us, because it's what we wanted on our own bikes)

Motorrad Aluminium Topcase

Motorrad Aluminium Topcase

Motorrad Aluminium Topcase

20 liter (5.3 gallon)

400 x 250 x 200 mm
(15 34" x 9 34" x 7 34")

1.6 mm (116") thick aluminium

Motorrad Aluminium Topcase

Motorrad Aluminium Topcase

  • completely welded, not only glued or riveted
  • lid with four loops to fasten additional luggage
  • lid completely removable, which makes loading and unloading much easier
  • two tie down hooks, which can be locked with a small padlock each
  • gasket in the lid makes the aluminum box completely waterproof
  • all attachment parts (loops, tie down hooks, and screws) are made of stainless steel
  • all corners and bends are rounded
  • light weight, only 2.3 kg (5 pounds)
  • spare parts available
Also available in custom sizes.

And, yes, those side panniers are also available to order.

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