Thursday, September 24, 2015

Tips for Taking a Long Distance Motorcycle Road Trip

If you’re planning a long distance trip on your motorcycle in the near future, there are a number of things that you’ll need to consider in order to make sure that your trip is as safe and as comfortable as possible. Whether you’re a seasoned motorcyclist or have just purchased your first motorcycle and want to take it out for a spin, we’ve put together a list of top tips to consider before taking your journey that you’ll appreciate. Read on to find out more.

Bare Necessities
Before you set off, it’s important to ensure that all the basics are attended to. Since you’re taking a long distance trip, if you don’t usually ride with all safety and protective clothing, now is probably a good time to invest in some. You can buy helmets, gloves, boots, jackets and pants at and it’s a quality investment that will keep you protected for a long time. In addition to safety gear, you should also make sure that your bike is running safety – is it topped up with fuel, and are all the lights and brakes working? Taking some time to ensure that your motorcycle has no issues that could cause a problem en-route can be the difference between being involved in an accident or not.

If you’re setting off in the morning, it’s a good idea to just have a light breakfast – eating a heavy meal can make you drowsy, and that’s the last thing you need when you have to concentrate on the road. It’s advisable that you pack some high-energy snacks such as mixed nuts or sweets and even energy drinks to keep you going along the way, and you should always stop at a service station to
refuel – both yourself and the bike! It’s also a good idea to take some bottled water in order to stay hydrated. You might find it helpful to plan out a route beforehand that has regular service stops, so you don’t get caught hungry on a long stretch of road.

Staying Connected
If you’re planning on taking a smartphone or mobile phone, don’t forget to take your charger – many hotels and service stations will have plug sockets that you can use to charge your phone, and this way you know that if you run out of battery you’ll be able to recharge. Having access to a mobile
phone is important on a motorcycle trip as you never know when you might need it – it’s handy to have if you break down, get lost, or need to get in touch with anyone for any reason. Some riders
also have a cheap cell phone just in case – they hold onto battery a lot longer than smartphones, and
are great for emergencies.

What do you always do before a long distance motorcycle trip? If you have any handy tips that might be of use to fellow riders planning a long distance journey on their bike, we’d love to hear from you
in the comments below.