Patagonia motorcycle guide

In the previous issue of RiDE Magazine, our friends at GlobeBusters published their guide to riding in Alaska.

Skip forward a month and we’ve arrived in South America, or more specifically Patagonia and the final slog to the world’s most southerly city, Ushuaia in Argentina.

Patagonia was made for adventure bikes, and is one of the most remote and beautiful areas of the world, and is one of the favourite legs of the journey on GlobeBusters’ epic Trans Americas trip.

  • What’s It Like To Ride?

The asphalt roads in Patagonia are generally in good conditions, with very sparse traffic outside of towns. A large percentage of the roads are loose, but can be tackled with some basic off-road skills. The region is notorious for strong cross-winds, and you should also watch out for wildlife hazards like the Rhea – a large Ostrich-like bird.

  • Where Should I Ride?

The Carretera Austral is one of the best adventure riding roads in the world. A visit to the Torres del Paine is a must, as it is recognised as one of the most magnificent National Parks in the world. The Perito Moreno Glacier is also a World Heritage Site, and one of the few ice masses on the planet that is not receding.

  • What Should I Ride?

If you want to take your own bike, air-freight is available to Buenos Aires in Argentina. Alternatively you can use sea-freight services which will be cheaper, but they can take more than six weeks. If you’d prefer to rent, a BMW R1200GS currently costs around $220 per day, or a smaller bike like Honda’s CB500X can cost around $130 per day.

  • When Should I Go?

December, January and February are the warmest months of the year, but with the Andes Mountains there’s always a possibility of snow. Strong winds, heavy rains and biting cold night time temperatures are common all-year round so proper preparation and riding gear for the conditions is a must.

  • What Documents Do I Need?

No visas are required, but you’ll need a passport that is valid for at least six months beyond entry date. To get your bike across the Chile-Argentina border a V5C is required, and you’ll also need to carry your UK driving licence and an International Driving Permit. If you’re taking your own bike, insurance needs to be bought locally in Buenos Aires.

When it comes to preparing your bike, ensuring that you have selected the right tyre for your journey is essential.

As an official partner of Continental, GlobeBusters select the correct tyre from our comprehensive adventure range ahead of every trip.

You can find out more about the Continental adventure range here.