Day 10 – Winter riding getaways

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While Christmas is a lovely time of year with friends and family, food and festivities, it’s also rubbish because most of us have to knock going out on our motorbikes on the head.

Whether that’s because riding in the cold, wet and (sometimes) snow isn’t everyone’s cup of tea or because the festive period is manic and there just isn’t the time, it can leave lots of UK riders longing for warmer weather.

Luckily, we’ve scoured the web to find some winter riding getaways that you can take on this winter for Day 10 of our 12 Days Bikemas promotion.

The budget option

Everyone might long to take a two-wheel trip through Florida but it’s probably out of most peoples’ price range over Christmas.

Instead the aim of the game is a cheap and cheerful getaway somewhere where the weather’s a little better than here and the journey’s relatively short.

That’s why France is a decent option, ok the weather might not be much better than in the UK but if you’re keen to get on your bike and out of the country, it’s a good, cheap option.

We’ve priced it up and in December you can spend a long weekend in France around £200 for your ferry and accommodation.

If you’re happy riding for more than four hours you can get deep into the countryside and escape the British weather that plagues the north west coastline.

Cost: P&O Ferries have one-way tickets between Dover and Calais for around £27. Accommodation is available to suit most budgets in France; it really depends on your tastes!

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The mid-range option

If a bit of winter sun is what you’re after but you don’t want to break the bank then a ferry to Spain could be a winner.

Admittedly, you’re still about a seven or eight hour ride away from guaranteed* warmer weather of the Costa Blanca but with five days to play with, there’s plenty of time to get down there.

With a number of brilliant potential stop offs en route that could include Madrid or Zaragoza, there’s plenty to sink your teeth into en route to winter sun.

Cost: A ferry from Portsmouth to Bilbao will set you back about £140 each way but like France, the price of accommodation throughout Spain varies to cater for all budgets.

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The expensive option

Route 66 and an American road trip is the stuff most bikers dream about but a trip over the pond doesn’t come cheap, but can you put a price on happiness?

We’ve looked at Eagle Rider at some of the brilliant trips they provide and it’s tough to come up with a winner.

If money was no option then the 15 day Route 66 tour takes some beating.

Starting in Chicago you’ll ride more than 2,400 miles through nine states. You’ll take in the sights at Springfield, Rolla, Tulsa and Clinton.

From there you’re on your way to Amarillo then Santa Fe before working your way across New Mexico to Gallup. Next, Arizona beckons as you take in Flagstaff, Williams and Laughlin.

Then it’s into California to Victorville before ending your fortnight marathon from east to west in Los Angeles.

Cost: For motorcycle rental and accommodation it’ll set you back about $3,000 (around £2,500), and that’s before you pay for flights into Chicago and out of Los Angeles.

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We want to hear your tips!

If you get out of the UK and away from another miserable English winter, we want to know where you go.

Whether it’s a long haul flight and a week on two wheels in Cuba or a slog up to Scotland because you actually enjoy cold weather, get in touch and tell us what motorcycle escapes we’ve missed.