There are some really great reasons to hop on a motorcycle and go for a ride. Riding a motorcycle is more environmentally friendly than driving a car, but it’s also a more invigorating and social way to get around.
That doesn’t mean riding a motorcycle is all great, especially if you’re going to spend hours on your bike while travelling. Riding can get uncomfortable, it can be inconvenient, and it can be unsafe if you aren’t careful.
Make sure your motorcycle tour is as relaxing and enjoyable as possible with these tips!
Take Your Time Getting Your Bike Ready for the Road
Don’t assume your motorcycle is in good shape before hitting the road. Without the proper tune-up, you could put yourself at a higher risk of getting into a motorcycle accident, or you could find yourself broken down on the side of the road without any shelter.
Weeks before your trip, take plenty of time to get your bike ready for the road. That includes getting an oil change and making any repairs that are necessary, but it also includes doing things to make your ride safer and more comfortable too, like:
- Cleaning rearview mirrors and shields
- Installing cruise control
- Covering your seat with seat pads
- Packing a tank bag with essentials
- Installing heated grips
Plan Your Ride Times Around the Sun
The sun probably isn’t something you will think much about before you leave on your trip. However, as soon as you get ready to head out in the morning and realize you’ll be riding into the sun for the next few hours, you’ll wish you would have thought it through a little more.
Driving into the sun can be irritating, but it can also be downright dangerous, which is why you should plan your ride times around the rising and setting of the sun. Postpone leaving first thing in the morning and leave closer to noon, and plan to stop and rest for a few hours as the sun is setting if it’s shining in your eyes. You’ll be glad you did.
If you’re going on a road trip, chances are, you’ve got quite an impressive itinerary that involves multiple hotels, activities, and restaurants. Instead of keeping one massive pile of papers that you have to dig through every time you make a stop, use envelopes to organize all of your information.
Envelopes can be created for each day and include where you’re going to stop, any coupons you want to use, and a list of things you have to do when you get to your destination. Money can even be added to each envelope to ensure you stick to a budget.
When you drive a car, it’s easy to pack your luggage and throw it in the trunk. You don’t have the same convenience when you ride a motorcycle. Instead, you have to make sure you pack smart.
There are many ways to pack smarter. For example, if you want to do less laundry while you’re on the road, you can pack more shirts in your bag if you roll them instead of folding them. If you don’t mind doing a little laundry, bring a laundry kit that can be used inside any hotel room.
Make sure you also pack for the weather! That includes bringing jackets that can be worn early in the morning and taken off in the afternoon, as well as a rain jacket, so you can keep riding even when the rain falls.
Don’t Over Plan
It’s true that meticulous planning can make for a great vacation, especially if you’re on the road and stopping somewhere new every night. Just don’t make the mistake of thinking that means you have to know exactly where you’re going to stay and what you’re going to do at every stop.
Instead, don’t over plan. For example, know where you’re going to stay, but don’t make any specific plans for what to do. Ask the staff at the hotel to recommend a place for you to eat, or simply spend the night watching movies in your hotel room. You’ll feel more rested, which will make you safer when you hit the road again the next morning.
If you’ve got a motorcycle, you just have to take a motorcycle tour! No matter how long your road trip, make sure you follow these tips, and you’ll have so much fun that you’ll want to plan your next trip right away!