Whether you are a seasoned or novice motorcyclist, nothing sounds or feels better than long stretches of the open road, with the wind in your face where it’s just you; or a riding companion. Road trips are an excellent way to get to know your bike better and become a more skilled rider while experiencing an extraordinary adventure. With the proper road safety and planning, you could just be heading into a trip of a lifetime.
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Here are some tips on how to make your road trip, one to remember:
1. The Condition Of Your Bike
Motorcycle transport can be hazardous if your bike is not in good condition. Before starting on a road trip, make sure that you pay a visit to your mechanic so that you can get your tires, brakes, and other elements checked. Make any necessary repairs and replacements before setting off.
Specific bikes are more suitable for long road trips than others. Ensure that you are comfortable with the bike you have chosen. If not, modify areas such as the handlebars, the seat, and other parts to help you ride well.
Proper motorcycle gear for riding is a must-have when heading on a road trip. Wear riding pants, safety boots, a riding jacket, and a full-face helmet-which Lemmy from Revzilla says helps keep you warm and keeps noise at bay. While being fully geared may make you feel heavy at first, you will gradually get used to it, not to mention the confidence boost that safe riding will give you. Apart from protective clothing, here are some other items you may need;
- Padded grips to provide extra support for your wrists
- Heated grips if you plan to ride through cold weather
- A backrest to give your back some additional support when riding
- Tank bags, saddlebags, or tail bags for storage
3. Route Planning
Having a fair sense of the direction you are headed will save you a lot of the time you would use getting lost. Besides, frequently stopping to ask for directions could ruin your riding flow. Map out the route you plan to take before leaving and be sure to carry a GPS with you or at least a paper map.
Planning your route will also help you pack accordingly for the weather you might encounter. You can also map out accommodations if you plan to have an overnight trip as well as fuel stops. While planning your route, you can also plan on a reasonable number of miles you want to travel daily. Motorcycle legal foundation also recommends sharing your itinerary with a loved one before leaving in case of any emergencies.
4. Get Adequate Rest
There’s nothing quite as dangerous as riding when you are tired or sleepy; not to mention saddle sore. Stop and take a break every few miles to help keep you alert and refreshed. You can also plan your next break at this time. Take short naps now and then if you are trying to cover significant mileage in little time. Make time to enjoy the trip; stop and admire the view along the way or a popular attraction in the area.
5. Keep Hydrated!
You might think that this is not particularly important when riding through a cool area; you couldn’t be more wrong. Start hydrating before your journey and continue staying hydrated throughout the journey. This will help to reduce lethargy during the trip and go a long way in keeping you refreshed. Take a drink every time you take a break, even if you don’t feel thirsty. You can save a bottle in your tank bag or a shoulder sling so you can reach it easily.
6. Emergency Kit
The best-laid plans of mice and men often go awry. Despite your careful planning, something may still go wrong on the road. Make sure you carry an emergency tool kit in case you need emergency repairs or adjustments. Also, ensure you have a way of calling for help if you run into trouble you can’t handle.
A road trip is more of a marathon than a sprint. Don’t let it be one more item you need to check off your to-do-list. Take the time to enjoy what you are doing. Remember, journey before destination.
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