How to Travel with Your Dog on a Motorcycle

Taking your dog on a motorbike trip may be a lot of fun, but it also comes with a lot of challenges. It’s possible that you can’t bear to leave your dog at home, or you believe it would be amusing to have a furry co-pilot. Keep in mind that your dog should be kept safe at all times.  However, there are some apparent and some not-so-obvious tips for motorcycle travel with your dog that we hope won’t scare you away from trying it out for yourself. Read on to find out more on how to travel with your dog on a motorcycle!

Dog on a Motorcycle

Choose the best motorcycle seat

When planning a motorcycle vacation with your dog, the first important consideration should be whether or not you can safely transport him on a motorbike. It’s important to keep your dog safe, comfortable, and happy on the road. If you own a naked motorcycle, you have to get it upgraded if you wish to safely travel with your canine.

The size of your dog and the nature of the journey will influence the seat you choose. You can pick between carry-ons, custom dog seats, tank carriers, or sidecars. Slings and backpacks are ideal for transporting small animals while pets of all sizes may be transported on a motorbike using a dog seat. If you don’t like the thought of exposing your little pet to the elements, try purchasing a tank carrier. Choose from a variety of carriers, all of which are constructed of soft yet durable materials for your dog’s comfort. Finally, in its own sidecar, your dog gets to really enjoy the trip, as well as the sights and sounds of the road. 

Check the law

Find out everything you’ll need to ride legally and safely by doing some research. You should always check your local municipal motor vehicle regulations to see if there are extra restrictions you need to follow to keep your dog safe on a motorbike. In general, dogs may legally ride on motorcycles as long as they are secure in their seat or carrier.

Get all the essentials

No matter how long or short your trip, you’ll need supplies for yourself and your dog. Food and water are the most important need so make sure you have enough space to carry all the snacks. 

The quantity of food you’ll need depends on the duration of your tour. In order to keep food secure and dry, saddlebags are a great option. Carry food in a waterproof bag to prevent it from becoming wet and spoiling.

When riding a motorbike with your dog, you’ll need a leash. While on the road, be sure to take frequent pauses for your pet to stretch their legs and go pee. In most jurisdictions, dog owners are required by law to keep their pets on a leash to prevent them from straying into prohibited areas or being lost in the wilderness. Finally, keep disposable paper bags on hand for cleaning up your pet’s waste.

Don’t forget your dog’s meds

As a precaution, you should bring your dog’s medicine in your saddle bag, as it will not only keep you and your dog stress-free but will also protect your dog’s health in the event of an accident. Your first-aid pack should include things like antiseptic wipes and antibiotic ointment, as well as cotton pads, vet wrap, and a tranquilizer to keep your pet coolheaded if something scary transpires.

Finally, some rescue remedies would prevent your dog from being distracted while driving, which may lead to an accident that would injure you and other drivers on the road, not to mention your dog’s own health.


Motorcycling with your dog can be great fun for both of you, provided you follow some basic safety rules. By choosing the right seat, checking local laws, and packing essential supplies, you can ensure that your trip is enjoyable and memorable for all the right reasons. And don’t forget your Fido’s medicine!

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