Do you have a motorcycle? Are you planning on taking a long distance motorcycle ride? If so, this article is for you! We will be going over 5 important tips to help prepare for your trip. Wherever you decide to travel on your bike, you will have everything you need to do so.
Pack Light for the Long Ride
Unlike cars, our motorcycles do not have the luxury of so much storage space. When we pack for a road trip, we have to pack light, which means only bringing essentials. Your essentials may be different from ours, but some of the basics we always take on a ride include:
- Seat cover
- Flat repair kit
Whatever else you pack is up to you. However, we recommend laying everything out before packing and then trying to eliminate things that you probably won’t need. If it is something inexpensive that you can easily purchase if you did need to, then even more reason to leave it out!
Plan Your Long Distance Ride Route
Planning your route is about more than just deciding where to go and then using your maps app. You should also think about the length of your ride, and how often you want to take a rest stop. Once you know, you can plan your ride more specifically. Or if you like to improvise, that’s fine too! We still recommend at least thinking about how long your trip will be, so you can know when to stop or switch directions.
Once you do plan your route, we also recommend you share it with someone. Whether you are traveling alone or not, it is always good to have someone at home who knows where you are. That can be a family member, friend, or motorcycle club member.
Don’t Make New Changes to Your Motorcycle Before a Long Distance Ride
Big repairs or changes like adding new accessories to your bike right before a long trip are probably not a good idea. Think about it. There is always some chance that something wasn’t put on correctly, or that something new doesn’t work properly. By the time you discover that something is wrong, you may be over a hundred miles into your trip and now you’ll have to stop for a repair. We recommend playing it safe and taking care of your motorcycle before your trip like you regularly do.
Bring The Proper Gear
You may be tempted to hit the road in your most comfortable outfit and favorite gummy bears and enjoy the ride. However, planning ahead also means planning your gear. What kind of weather will you be traveling through? Are you going to need a rain jacket? Are you going to be camping, and if so, will you be packing a tent and other camping equipment? You should also make sure to have a seat cover that will offer the most comfort and best posture. Planning ahead means ensuring the best trip possible for your future self. Your future self will thank you for this when you are having a smooth, comfortable ride and only stopping when you planned it.
Know Your Limits
Last but definitely not least, you should know your limits when it comes to your ride. Lets say you can easily ride 500 miles in one day. If that’s you, then try to budget your long distance miles to about 325 miles every day. Limit your daily miles to about 65% of what you usually, comfortably can ride in a day.
Riding too much in a single day or planning too long of a trip can tire you out and make you wish you could go home. Be kind to yourself and budget your time and your miles. After all, if you are going on this ride to relax, you do not want to overdo it and make it stressful.