A motorcycle tour isn’t something you can do on a whim. With the right amount of planning, you can ensure that your biking trip goes smoothly. Here are some of the key things to think about before you hit the road.
Plan your route
You don’t have to plan each and every road, but it’s worth having a brief itinerary, especially if you’re planning to travel for several days. Plan your accommodation out and give yourself enough time each day to make stops en route for visiting attractions or simply taking in the sights. You don’t want to be doing too many hours of biking each day as this could be tiring. Apps can come in handy such as GPS and petrol station finders like Gasbuddy, but obviously you don’t want to be using anything that requires too much fiddling about whilst riding.
Get your bike serviced
Rather than taking the risk, it’s best to get your bike serviced beforehand. Replace any parts that are worn – a fresh pair of tyres and brakes could be worthwhile for a long trip. Top up any fluid beforehand such as oil and make sure those chains are well lubricated.
Check your gear is in good shape
You don’t want to be riding with worn or old gear that won’t provide suitable weather protection or safety in the event of a crash. If the lining is starting to go in your helmet or the visor is heavily scratched up, get rid of it and buy a new one. If your gloves are getting worn, invest in a new pair that will keep your hands safe and dry.
Pack the essentials
Don’t get so carried away packing clothes and snacks that you forget to pack the essentials. Here are just a few items that are worth that are a must:
· Driving license
· Insurance documents
· Motor oil
· Bicycle loop lock
· Corrective eyewear (e.g. packs of contact lenses)
· Prescription medicine
· Mini first-aid kit
· Water bottle
· Phone charger
A few other items can be handy to take a long for convenience. These include:
· Portable charger (for keeping phone charged on-the-go)
· Tyre pressure gauge
· Visor cleaner
· Spare bulbs and fuses
· Hard copy maps (in case the GPS fails)
· Cloths for spillages and leaks
If you’re travelling with other people, you may be able to separate some of these items out giving you all more space to pack clothes and other personal items. A zip-lock bag can be useful for storing cloths, stopping the rest of your stuff getting wet or oil-stained. Feel free to bring spare motorcycle parts and tools along, but only if you know what you’re doing when it comes to DIY repairs – otherwise lugging them along is pretty useless. You’ll want to pack light after all as a heavy bag will weigh you down wherever you go.