How to Have an Absolutely Amazing Motorcycle Road Trip

How to Have an Absolutely Amazing Motorcycle Road Trip

 Motorcycle road trips are a fantastic way to relax and enjoy the scenery your country offers. Who doesn’t want to feel the wind in their sails and ride along a long stretch of road with the sunset as a background? There are few things as liberating as getting on your motorcycle/bike and driving off.

Heading off without a plan or making sure you and your motorcycle are ready for the road would ruin an otherwise excellent experience. You need to be sure that you know where you’re headed and that neither you nor your motorcycle will break down along the way.

Here’s some sensible advice:

Plan your trip

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Map out your destinations and work out your pit stops. Being adventurous and ‘following your spirit’s guidance’ could be fun, but only if you’ve been on the road before and knew what to expect and how to take care of yourself. If you’re planning your first motorcycle road trip, stick to a plan.

Prepare your motorcycle

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You have to make sure that your motorcycle is fit for travel, so you should have it checked and serviced before the trip. You also have to make sure you have the right bike accessories for a road trip:

  1. Windshield

Yes, having the wind blow through your hair looks cool in the movies, but in reality, it can get exhausting, especially if you’re spending hours on the road. Even if you think a windshield doesn’t look very cool, it is a must-have on the long roads.

  1. Luggage

Keeping your luggage safe and secure is one of the most important things to consider, and how you store them will impact your trip. You can choose from using aluminum hard luggage containers like givi bags or top cases, PVC luggage cases or soft, leather luggage containers.

  1. Tools

Always have a flat repair kit and GPS with you. Also, make sure you have the right tools with you in case of emergency. Such tools would include an adjustable wrench, pliers, a combo screwdriver, hex key set, electrical tape, cable ties and an adjustable headlamp. Also keeping a rok strap handy could save you from unseen luggage trouble.

  1. Other Accessories

Making sure you have the right bash plates are important for your bike. B&B bash plates are a good idea as they are made from aluminum and are suitable for impact resistance and abrasion.

Protecting your motorcycle from damage to the radiator you need to make sure that you have good quality radiator guards.

Preparing yourself

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Once you’re satisfied that your motorcycle is ready for the road trip, follow these tips to make sure that you are prepared:

  1. Positioning

You’ll be spending hours sitting on your motorcycle. Sitting in the right position is vital, or you could end up with backaches that could cut your trip short. Buying a backrest is a great idea, even if it might look somewhat silly to you.

  1. Adjust your motorcycle

The handlebars must be positioned most comfortably for you. Make sure your seat is comfortable too.

  1. Earplugs

You’re going to find yourself on highways more than you expect, and highways are incredibly loud if you’re not in a car. Being exposed to such noise for long periods can lead to hearing loss, so buy yourself a set of decent earplugs.

  1. Keep a spare key

Your key might break, or you could lose it. You should be prepared, something as simple as losing your motorcycle key will turn a happy trip into a stressful nightmare.

Prepare for the weather as it’s usually unpredictable

No matter how well you plan or how carefully you monitor a weather report, the weather is going to mess your plans around. Such an unpredictable factor adds to the thrill of a motorcycle trip, so embrace it! You will get wet, cold and very hot, but it’s well worth the joy of a motorcycle road trip.

Few more things to consider

If this is your first motorcycle road trip, there are a few things you should know about what happens on road trips:

  1. You’ll get very dirty – Roads are dusty and gross. It is inevitable that some of that grossness and dust will get on you, even when you’re wearing your helmet and jacket all the time.
  2. The road is actually longer than it seems – When you’re spending the majority of your day riding the road will seem longer than the map says it is.
  3. You’ll eat at some seriously random times – You’ve planned your trip and all your pit stops, but sometimes a diner or restaurant you wanted to visit might be closed, or you could have been delayed on the road, and you’ll have to adjust your plans to many such unforeseen little things.

Conclusion:

Once you’ve prepped yourself and your motorcycle you’ll be ready to hit the road. With all the planning and preparing adequately discussed, all that’s left to say now is:

Have fun!

Author’s Bio:

How to Have an Absolutely Amazing Motorcycle Road Trip authorJessica is a traveler by heart. Along with frequently penning down her thoughts related to the travel experiences, she is an avid biker and an expert reviewer of motorcycle adventure products too.

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