About motorcycle riding in Timor-Leste
In 2009 wanted to join a motorcycle tour but much to my surprise there wasn’t one! In fact there was such little information about any kind of touring and travel and virtually nothing about motorcycle touring. After a lot of preparation and research I went and the trip was great…in fact it was amazing. I wanted to do it again and help others do it. One thing led to another and after a year of planning and testing we ran the world’s first fully supported and fully guided motorcycle tour of Timor-Leste in 2010….and have been running them ever since.
If you are planning a trip or thinking about this as a possible motorcycle tour destination contact us but just to get you started here are a few resources.
Timor Adventures motorcycle tours fact sheet (A good place to start)
Motorcycle tour information document (Lots more detail)
If you are interested in other dates we can customise a tour for groups of 5 or more
A note about pillions and non riders
We often get asked about pillion riders. Sadly the nature of the roads and the bikes we use are not suitable for pillion riders however non riders can join a tour in the air conditioned comfort of our support vehicle or join one of our 4wd tours.
Minimum requirements to participate
You will need to be in good physical health, have a sense of adventure and an interest in experiencing other cultures.
All participants must provide evidence of travel insurance and their insurance company’s 24 hour emergency contact number.
To ride a motorcycle on the tour you must have a full, current and valid motorcycle licence, and comprehensive travel insurance that specifically covers motorcycle travel in Timor-Leste
It is important that you check the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade website in Australia for any current travel warnings for Timor-Leste and register on Smart Traveler. Timor-Leste has experienced political and social stability since March 2008.
While Timor Adventures plans to deliver its tours as advertised there may be a need to alter the itinerary due to circumstances beyond our control such as weather, road conditions, logistical and other factors .
Timor-Leste is a developing country therefore you cannot expect the same standards that you are used to at home particularly when we travel to the more remote rural areas. The up side of this is you will get to experience a way of life most people will never know.
Motorcycle travel by nature can be a risky pursuit. Participating in a tour on a bike that is new to you on roads that you have not ridden before is difficult enough. Timor-Leste’s roads are unpredictable and have unusual traffic conditions, this means you will need to pay close attention to your riding and be aware that you are responsible for your decision to undertake this tour and ride safely whilst on the tour.