Love getting out on your motorbike? If so, have you ever thought about going on a road trip away for a weekend? It’s an amazing way to see the country, whether you are going alone or with friends. In today’s guide, we’re going to go through a few of the essentials you’ll need in place to ensure your trip is a success. Let’s take a closer look.
First of all, motor biking for long distances is a lot different to short, routine trips. You will be in the saddle for hours at a time – and it can get uncomfortable. So, you need to put a lot more effort into adjusting your seats and riding posture. It might even be worthwhile buying a new seat or a backrest if your current setup doesn’t give you the comfort you need. Don’t underestimate the importance of your posture – it can be terrible for your back and lead to an early finish of your trip.
All weather gear
You have to be ready for any weather. An average motorcycle trip can leave you hot, cold, and wet – all at the same time. Plus, if you are traveling long distances you might end up going through many different little ecosystems. So, make sure you are ready for anything. Pack well aired but waterproof clothing, as well as the standard biking leathers. Think about your equipment, too. Look for the best motorcycle GPS that can handle rain and direct sunlight at the same time. You don’t want to get lost on your trip just because your GPS is faulty.
Plan regular rest periods
Before you head off, make sure you identify regular stopping points on a map. They will be vital to refuel and recoup some energy. Tiredness on the freeways is responsible for many of the accidents that occur, so don’t become an addition to that statistic. You have to have your wits about you – more so than a car driver. It’s not just your skills that are in question, either; it’s the skills and concentration of anyone driving other vehicles. It only takes a moment for everything to go wrong, and you are more likely to experience problems when you are tired and hungry.
Plenty of clean clothes and washing gear
There is dust, dirt, and sweat involved when you are on a motorcycle road trip. And, unless you want to be filthy from start to finish, you will need a lot of spare clothes and skin care products. The simple fact is that roads are dirty – and a lot of it will stick to you. Up to a point, you will enjoy it, but no one likes to have dinner straight after riding a hundred miles or so.
Finally, if the worst happens, you have to be ready for it. Ensure you have a fully stocked first aid kit that is readily available. It should have sticking plasters, bandages, antibiotic creams and anything else you might need. Not only will it help in the event of an accident but it will also ease many of the chafes and sores you might develop from being in the saddle.