People have different ways for creating travel memories. For some, the highest point of a vacation is riding a wave on a surfboard. For others, it is exploring a city on a bike or cruising past rural landscapes on a train. One of the most popular means of transportation for people seeking that special traveling high is a motorcycle.

“Motorcycles” can mean different things in different places. Large and heavy Harley bikes might be the two-wheeler of choice in the American West, but smaller 50cc scooters dominate the city streets and roadways in East Asia, while sporty bikes provide the best option for traveling the winding countryside roads of Europe.

If you want your next vacation to include a ride on two wheels, these destinations are certainly for you.

People have different ways for creating travel memories. For some, the highest point of a vacation is riding a wave on a surfboard. For others, it is exploring a city on a bike or cruising past rural landscapes on a train. One of the most popular means of transportation for people seeking that special traveling high is a motorcycle.

“Motorcycles” can mean different things in different places. Large and heavy Harley bikes might be the two-wheeler of choice in the American West, but smaller 50cc scooters dominate the city streets and roadways in East Asia, while sporty bikes provide the best option for traveling the winding countryside roads of Europe.

If you want your next vacation to include a ride on two wheels, these destinations are certainly for you.

Vietnam

Motorbikes in Vietnam
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Vietnam has a huge amount of motorbikes. Even as its economy grows and more people buy cars, bikes are still the favored means of transportation. It is simple to rent a bike and cruise around whatever city or small town you are passing through. Traffic can be completely chaotic in big cities, but once you get a feel for it, you will be able to flow along with everyone else quite smoothly. The tropical climate means that you won’t ever have to worry about getting chilled during a nighttime ride.

Taiwan

Motorbikes in Taiwan
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Taiwan is another country where the motorbike is king. Many locals cruise around the capitol city of Taipei on scooters and small motorbikes, weaving through the car traffic and not having to worry about the lack of auto parking spaces in some city neighborhoods. A helmet is a must, but if you get a buzz from riding around city traffic and sightseeing from the saddle of a bike, then Taipei is one of Asia’s best destinations. Adventurous travelers can even head out to the winding country roads that sit just outside the city.

California

Desert Towers, California
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California boasts a diverse set of landscapes. If you don’t want to buzz around an urban area on a smaller bike, but want to take a more-powerful motorcycle on the open road, then California is an ideal destination. It boasts long, wide highways that pass through deserts, mountains, forests, wine country, and along scenic stretches of coastline. You certainly won’t be the only bikers on the roadways of this West Coast state, but there is plenty of room, and there are plenty of route choices. You could spend a weekend cruising through the desert or take two weeks or more to ride all the way up the coast from the US-Mexico border to the Cascades.

Eastern Australia

Motorbikes in Australia
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Australia is another place where long roads and great scenery make highway biking an attractive proposition. Motorcycle road trips are as much a part of the culture here as they are in the US. The Eastern Coast of Australia has the best landscapes for those looking for an introduction to the scenery Down Under. Low mountains, tropical forests, and some of the most beautiful beaches and shoreline on earth certainly makes it possible to spend a few days or even a few weeks exploring from the saddle.

Argentina

Ushuaia, Argentina
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Before he became a rebel army commander for communist movements around the world, Che Guevara took a trip, which is now well documented in books and on film, through South America. He first passed through the stark and beautiful lands of his home country of Argentina. It is still possible to travel through these beautiful places today. To call Argentina’s rural areas “wide open spaces” is an understatement. If you really want to feel like you are escaping from civilization and “falling off the map,” then an adventurous bike trip through Patagonia and the traditional gaucho lands of the Pampas and the Gran Chaco will certainly please you.

South Africa’s Cape-lands

Motorcycle in Namibia
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South Africa’s Western Cape boasts what is arguably one of the world’s most scenic coastline destinations. The rugged and rocky shores and inland highlands provide the kind of setting that most scenery-loving cyclers can only dream about. Riders can go from Cape Town all the way up to Namibia or head in the other direction, skirting the Indian Ocean side of the Cape and heading as far north as Mozambique.

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