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How to Fuel Up Your Motorcycle when You're Abroad

by Keilah Keiser

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Hopping on a motorcycle in a foreign land is a freeing experience. Who can forget the precedent set by Ewan McGregor and Charley Boorman in their Long Way Down and around the globe? 

If you are preparing for a similar trip, or just looking to rent a motorcycle and speed through the motorways of a foreign country, there are a few ways you should prepare.

First, you’ll want to look into the exact licenses that might be needed. Then, there are other things that you might not know about. In many places, for example, in some places in Europe, you need to carry a breathalyzer kit with you, while some other countries require that you carry spare bulbs. You were likely planning to do some research into these kinds of motorcycle regulations for the country you are visiting, but what about the simple act of pumping gas?

While it seems self-explanatory, there are specific customs that differ greatly across borders. Luckily, these visuals for 30 countries around the globe explain what grades of gas are most common (so you don’t accidentally end up with diesel in your tank), how payment works, and what to call a gas station. You don’t want to run out of gas in Japan without knowing the words “gasorin sutando.” 

One of the other situations that can cause strife, for any world traveler, is the question of tipping. No one wants to be rude, or get into an altercation in a foreign land over garage service. So, this guide has you covered on fuel station etiquette!

pump gas in the americas

pumping gas in europe

fuel up your tank in asia

gas in africa

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*Infographic originally published on Carrentals.com

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