Wind in your back, clear road ahead of you, unlimited freedom, perfect vacation destination somewhere along the way and your beloved two-wheeler – what could possibly go wrong? Well, just like with any seemingly perfect travel, many things. Although motorcycle road trip sounds like you need no plans and that it’s enough to engage your “rebel mode” and ride towards the sunset, it is far from the truth. To make your travel successful and problem-free, you’ll have to have a plan, and consider the following things.
Share Your Plans with Friends and Family
When going on a long distance bike travel, sometimes it can be hard or impossible to reach out to your friends and family every day. That can make them worried. Ease their worries by giving them your detailed itinerary. It will make them feel better and you will get some peace of mind too.
Early to Rise, Early to Bed
The night is not the best time to be on your bike, and the evenings are not too generous either. Not only is the amount of light lower, but you’re also getting more tired by the hour. So, train yourself to wake up at 6am, eat, get ready and be on the road by 8am. Take a break in the afternoon, have your dinner by 10pm.
Be Well Equipped
Good equipment is essential for a successful motorcycle trip. Make sure you have a quality helmet, a pair of ideally fitting motorcycle gloves capable of withstanding high levels of abrasion, a good leather jacket, comfortable shoes, Bluetooth earplugs to help you reduce the outside noise, underwear that helps with moisture control, and comfy clothes that provides warmth and maximal flexibility.
Inspect Your Motorcycle
This is the one step that can never be avoided and that has to be repeated frequently. Inspect your bike thoroughly before starting your trip. If you’re not very proficient in this, leave it to a professional. When on the road, make sure you check everything before you start it, repeat this when you take a break and then again before you go to sleep. The same goes for every next morning.
Pack only the essentials – change of clothes, underwear and socks, toiletries, smartphone with a charger, maps, multifunctional tool, flashlight, towel, and first aid kit. Everything else would be a waste of space.
Eat and Hydrate Properly
Eating regularly is important to keep you standing and energized. Still, you should be very careful about the amount of the food. Make sure the food you eat during your lunch break isn’t too heavy on the stomach. Have several healthy daily snacks (fruits, veggies, etc.). Go light on carbs for breakfast, but feel free to splurge during an early dinner. Be sure to drink a lot of water (1 liter per hour in warm weather), and to always have a full bottle by your side.
Hope for the Best, Prepare for the Worst
In the end, things will go ok, but you should be prepared for the improbable and bad outcomes. Just in case, make sure you have visible emergency contact and medical information with you. State your medical prescriptions, allergies, chronic disease, etc. A medical bracelet is usually the first thing emergency personnel look at.
Remember, the road is far longer than you think, so you need to rest more than you think you should. Once you finish your trip, you’ll see how rewarding the experience was. A good plan is what makes the difference between the journey being a reward and becoming a punishment.