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Travel insurance, booking insurance and excess reduction

Nobody likes to think of things going wrong when arranging a motorbike rental or motorcycle tour in Australia so it's something that often gets forgotten; but it's very important especially in the event of a cancellation, injury or sickness when the resultant costs can be quite high.

To that end we would always recommend a suitable travel insurance policy be purchased before arriving in Australia.


There will no longer be cancellation fees for bookings placed after 20th May 2020 for rentals or tours if you can’t collect in your chosen city due to COVID-19 government restrictions. Your deposit will be refunded less a booking fee of AU$45 for rentals and AU$150 for Self-Guided Tours due to the work involved in processing the bookings. Alternatively you can use the whole amount against a future booking within 18 months of the original start date.

Cancellations outside these timescales or for other reasons will be subject to the usual terms. Please note that the COVID policy applies if you can’t collect from your chosen city either due to your home address being restricted or the collection city . If your hoped for route isn’t available then an alternative may need to be planned (we’d be pleased to help) but it’s whether you can collect from your chosen city that is the important thing.

We’ll be helpful where possible but we’d ask you to please remember that we are promising to hold a bike for you and so can’t offer it to others whilst your booking is allocated.

Booking insurance:

To protect your booking deposit you can purchase booking insurance. We provide this option so that you can transfer your booking to another date (not more than 30 days from the original booking date) without losing your booking deposit. This can be for any reason e.g. bad weather, sickness or just if you do not feel like riding on that date.

Terms are:
- price of insurance is 10% of the total rental price (minimum of AU$ 20.00).
- insurance is due in advance when the booking is made and deposit paid.
- insurance can only be used once.

Excess reduction:

If you'd like to reduce the insurance excess (deductible) then AU$ 18.00 per day reduces it to 50% of the standard excess amount. This is not available for rentals of fewer than 7 days, nor for riders currently on their learners or provisional permits. For longer term rides the excess reduction policy is capped at a maximum of AU$ 690 per trip.

The excess reduction option is available for rides taking place on both sealed and unsealed public roads, however the full standard excess will apply in the event of any single vehicle accidents on unsealed roads. 

Please contact us if you have any questions about anything regarding insurance options for your visit to Australia or motorcycle touring around Australia in general.

Our cancellation policy explained:

It’s always disappointing to have to cancel or curtail your trip, especially if it’s a major part of a holiday that you’ve looked forward to for some time. Life can change quickly should you or a loved one sustain an injury or fall ill and with today’s fast moving work environment an unexpected redundancy or busy time at work can derail your well laid plans. We understand! These things can happen to us too!

This means that should you need to cancel your bike trip we want to be as helpful as possible and apply a policy that is as low impact as it can be for you, whilst covering at least some of the expenses and losses that we incur as a result. We don’t aim to make money out of cancellations and so it’s a case of applying a system that is as fair as possible to everyone involved.

When you book we make a commitment to you to reserve the bike you’ve requested and not offer it to others even if their booking is financially more beneficial to us. We take that commitment very seriously and you’d understandably be very upset if we offered the bike to a different client just because it suited us better. Similarly when you make a booking you also make a commitment to us. A cancellation effectively means that this commitment has been broken. We know it is probably unintentional but we will have had to refuse other booking requests for the bike you requested and will have arranged other bookings around yours.

In general our clients book some months in advance and this means that if a cancellation is made with more than 30 day’s notice we stand a chance of the bike being booked again. For this reason we charge just 20% of the rental or tour as a cancellation fee (the booking deposit).

With rentals, if a cancellation is between a week and a month (7-30 days) before the start date there is a much lower chance of us being able to re-book the bike and so we charge 50% of the rental cost. With 3 to 6 days to go there is practically no chance of re-booking the bike and so the cancellation fee increases to 80%. With 48 hours or less notice it will effectively be impossible to re-book the bike and so the cancellation fee is 100% of the total.

With Self-Guided Tours we commit to accommodations and often have cancellation fees with them. We also provide you with as much advice as you need, provide the itinerary document, create bespoke maps and have the whole booking process to go through for you and the accommodations. For this reason the cancellation fee is the full amount of the tour if it is cancelled 30 days or less from the start date.

We average things out annually and apply this policy universally so it’s not worked out on a specific bike booking at a specific time. It means that we are being as fair to everyone as possible.

We hope you understand our reasoning and can see that this arrangement is the fairest arrangement for all involved. Despite this we realise that receiving a bill for your cancellation costs isn't going to make us popular so we always recommend travel insurance be purchase before arriving in Australia.

For a shorter duration rental we offer booking insurance which allows you to change your dates for any reason, to another set of dates not more than 30 days from the original.

Please forgive our rather lengthy explanation but I hope this shows the care and thought that we have put into these situations. We genuinely want to ensure that a cancellation is as pain free as possible for you and that there is no misunderstanding should the unfortunate occur.