Following are answers to some of the questions we get most from our customers. If you have questions not included here, please call or send us an e-mail. No inquiry is too small.
Riding in Israel
Are the roads in Israel good for riding?
Most roads are in very good condition. Even most of the small roads are in good condition but they might be narrow at times.
Is there war in Israel?
There is no war in Israel even though in the media it sometimes looks that way. There are times when travel is not safe in some areas and we are tuned to the news and gauge the safety of our routes all the time. If there is a problematic area, we will avoid it. In any case, there is no state of war in any part of Israel.
Is touring in Israel cheap ?
Israel is not one of the cheapest places to travel in. On the other hand it offers a unique combination of history, religious, nature and culture in a very compact area which makes travelling very easy and interesting.
Do people speak English in Israel?
English is widely and well-spoken by most people.
Are the hotels OK in Israel ?
There are many hotel that range from hostel / inn type of places to very high end 5 start hotels. The tour can be adjusted to your budget.
What documents do I need ?
You will have to have a valid international driving license for motorcycles. You will also need a valid insurance that will cover you for all eventualities. A valid passport is also a must.
How do I get there?
You can get to Israel by plane, ship or cross the border from Jordan or Egypt.
Can you arrange airline reservations?
We do not book airline tickets but we can help with the booking.
Do you pick us up and drop us off at the airport?
We will pick you up and drop you off at the airport if you are a part of a guided tour and are arriving or departing on the first or last day of the tour. For all guests arriving one or more days before the start of the tour we will arrange a shuttle (paid by us), which will take you to your accommodation. The same for departure.
What is the best time of year for me to come?
Israel’s weather is good almost all year round. We try to avoid the winter which is the rainy season and apart for that all seasons are good. The Jewish New Year (around mid-September to mid-October) and Passover (part of April) are better be avoided as hotels prices jump steeply.
Are dinners included in the cost of the tour?
It depends on the type of tour you choose. Most breakfasts and dinners are usually buffet style, which means, you can eat anything off the buffet. Drinks are ordered separately and paid for by the guests. In case we eat in restaurants, there will be set menu. If you want anything else apart fromt hat menu, you will have to pay by yourself.
What happens if I am sensitive to any food ?
Most issues are easily solvable. Please contact us in advance and let us know so we can plan together.
How far do we ride per day?
We ride anywhere from 100 to 350 kilometers per day, depending on the road and the type of tour. There is usually a scenic, long route and a short, fast route choice for most days. The guide will go with the group so you are not going to get lost. We make time for coffee breaks and some sightseeing. We usually arrive at the hotel around 17:00-18:00.
How much riding experience do I need?
You should feel comfortable doing several 250 km days in a row. If you are coming with someone you need some experience riding with a pillion.
Do I have to stay with the guide?
Basically speaking yes but you can go at your own pace (according to the speed limit) and choose your own riding companions. The route directions and destinations will be supplied and if you have a smart phone it will be easy to follow the route.
Are support vehicles used and how much luggage can I bring?
A support van accompanies the tour and guests can bring one large or two medium suitcases per person.
Can my non-riding partner ride in the support van?
Yes, but it depends on how many people are going to ride. If there are a lot of non-riders there will be more than one car to accompany the tour.
What else do you we do besides ride?
We are going to do some sightseeing and also have free time. We will give suggestions what to do with your free time.
Are there rest days?
Yes, usually every third or fourth day we have a rest day. You can sightsee or rest on the rest days. The bikes are not available on rest days unless there is optional riding (separate pay) but not on your own.
How many riders will be in the group?
In order to provide our best personal service to each guest, we limit the size of our tours to ten motorcycles.
What if we are a group of more than 10 ?
We can talk and accommodate you.
Can I have a passenger ?
Of course. You are more than welcomed to. However charges apply. A passenger pays about 30-40% less than a rider.
I require some adjustments to the motorcycle, can you provide these ?
We try to provide customizations to our motorcycles, like, a lowered seat, if you require it. Please let us know of any special requests in advance so we can accommodate you or tell you if there is any problem..
I ride a Harley; can you provide one for me ?
I am sorry but we do not use Harleys at this moment.
What if I damage the motorcycle, do you provide insurance?
We provide motorcycle insurance. You are responsible for the deductible, which will be up to 1500. At the start of the tour you will be required to sign a contract and provide your credit card number for the deductible. We will not charge your credit card unless the motorcycle is damaged. For lowering the deductible, contact us about our VIP Insurance.
What if my bike breaks down?
As the motorcycles are rather new, catastrophic mechanical failures are rare. We regularly maintain our motorcycles so that they are in good mechanical order before and during the tour. In the unlikely case of a motorcycle breakdown, we will make every attempt and use all resources at our disposal to get the bike to a service professional. In the very unlikely event that we cannot fix the bike, we will provide a replacement bike.
Are helmets required in Israel?
Helmets are required by both rider and pillion.
What is the alcohol level allowed ?
During this tour we will not mix drinking and riding. Israeli police is very unfriendly toward drunk drivers so if you drink, you do not ride. If you are caught riding while under the influence of alcohol we will have to ask you to stop riding the for the rest of the tour with no compensation. The alcohol tolerance in a lot of European countries is 0. If you are stopped with alcohol in your blood, the authorities will not allow you to continue the tour and your motorcycle will be confiscated. The policy of Bikelife - Motorcycle Tours in Israel is not to allow alcohol consumption before or during riding.
Are there any legal drugs in Israel ?
All drugs are illegal in Israel and there will 0 tolerance for drug use on this tour. If you are caught riding while under the influence of any drug we will have to ask you to leave the group immediately with no compensation.
What should I bring?
It is important to layer your clothing for different climates, as our tours may go through cool high mountain passes on one day and warm valley lowlands on the next. Rain in the mountains can occur unexpectedly but it really depends on the season, so it is best to consult with us.
What is the cost of the tour ?
Tours start at $380 for tours over 2 days. Shorter tours depend on the tour.
What kind of information is provided before the tour?
Our tour information package will be sent to you approximately one month before your tour departure. In it you will find packing information, country descriptions including essential travel facts, day-by-day road and route information, and a full-size highlighted route map. Our information package has a lot of good information in it, but if you really want to delve into the histories, religion and culture, we highly recommend the guides like Lonely Planet etc.
Can my motorcycle club custom design their own guided tour?
Over the years, we have designed many custom tours for our customers. We can custom design a guided tour for your motorcycle club or riding group of almost any size if you would like