In these absurd times of fast cars, fast food, fast relationships and fast lives, generally – it’s just a matter of time when we’ll collectively snap and decide to pull a Monk Who Sold His Ferrari on our corporate lifestyles and hit the road!
Road trips are plenty, yet all absolutely liberating; however, depending on the type of means of transport you are choosing for your adventure, there are different aspects you need to be aware of in order to make this trip as exciting but at the same time as comfy as possible.
Given that this time around your vehicle of choice is a motorcycle bike, here are the tips and hacks you need to know to enjoy your experience fully:
Put comfort and safety first
Never underestimate the power (and necessity!) of comfort – both in everyday life and on a road trip.
Prior to actually embarking on your trip, make sure everything about your bike feels just right, even if we’re talking the smallest of alterations like fixing your seat or adjusting your handles.
Check if headlights are working properly, whether guards are adjusted, if all safety measures are covered. Remember, looking good while riding a bike is awesome, but being safe while doing it? Crucial!
Pick the right gear
The road ahead of you is way longer than you can even imagine. This is why you need to wear the right gear in order to be comfortable (yeap, there’s comfort emphasized again), and dressed so you don’t catch a cold on the road.
Your clothing essentials: riding pants, riding jacket, ankle boots (safety shoes can be a substitute), and of course a full face helmet. If you want to be extra safe, you can always pack up knee & elbow guards or body armor and wear them when/if necessary.
Also, never go for a size too big or too small; your gear needs to fit perfectly so it has its intended function.
Forget about over packing
Never over pack, especially when you are going on a long road trip. Brining essentials will make your trip easier and if you are in the need of something asap, you can always make a stop at the first store you ride by.
Carry as much disposable stuff as possible so you can get rid of them the moment they’re used. Also, don’t fold your clothes – they’ll take up less space rolled. Also, don’t leave without our essential medicines.
FYI, saddle bags (preferably attachable to the back seat of your bike), tank bags (these magnetically hug your tank) and tailbags (bungeed to the back seat) are the basis.
Know where you are headed
While the thought of just leaving everything behind and heading somewhere unknown is amazing – it, unfortunately, isn’t very practical.
Knowing what route you are taking helps avoid wasting time getting lost. So, rely on your GPS for map pointers and don’t ever feel shy to ask locals (or other riders) for directions.
Carry essential tools & spares
Never fail to start your trip without having the essential tools and spares with you. Consult with your mechanic on all that you need, and pack it up. If there are tools you don’t currently have or are hard to find on the open market, try your luck at machinery auctions – these often feature a multitude of bike-necessary tools.
Breaks are necessary
Ok, we get it – you want to be that badas* who’s riding day and night non-stop, looking for the ultimate rush. Sure, you can do that if you are in a movie or are on a suicide mission!
Taking breaks is absolutely necessary because both your body and your bike need a breather. Every few kms, stop and rest for a few minutes or – if the terrain is good, make the stops every few hours.
Also, have in mind that too many breaks break the riding flow, so keep them to a minimum but do practice them whenever your body is instructing you to!
So, when are you leaving?
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