Authored by Laura Knight
Motorbike travel has always been the most sought-after way to get around in my country. It’s the ultimate thrill; the feeling of total freedom, of immersing yourself in the scenery around you, and the cool breeze rushing through your hair. Motorbike travel is one of the best ways to explore, and the buzz it offers is indescribable in words.
That said, a motorcycle trip requires extensive pre-trip planning and research, and there are many factors to keep in mind while planning the trip. After 10 years of motorcycle travel, the following are my top five tips; everything you need to know before you jump on a bike and take a trip.
5 Things You Should Know About Motorcycle Travel
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Get The Right Accessories
It’s important that you arm yourself with the right accessories so that you stay safe throughout your journey. While sporting a biker’s jacket and gloves will help you fight the heat and avoid dehydration, always ensure you wear a good-quality helmet as this might be the difference between life and death.
Make sure you wear motorcycle boots to ensure a good grip on the brakes. Other important accessories include biker boots, biker gloves and traveling backpack.
The proper bike gear is essential to ensure a safe and adventurous journey. So, accessorize yourself with the right type of accessories.
Choose The Right Bike
Choosing the perfect bike is one of the most important aspects of traveling by motorcycle. And your bike needs to be in accordance with the demands of your trip.
Your checklist for choosing the right bike should focus on aspects like mileage, low maintenance and most importantly, a comfortable seating position so that you don’t strain your neck and/or back over the course of a long journey.
Make a checklist of your requirements and chose a bike which fulfills it. Do thorough research on choosing the right type of bike for your expedition before setting out. Pictured below, the Royal Enfield Thunderbird 500.
Prepare Your Bike For The Long Journey
Preparing your bike involves cleaning it thoroughly, and getting it serviced when required. You need to weed out any issues you notice like loose brakes, clutch, or the gear as soon as they come to light.
Ensure that your bike has dual sport tires so that you have no problem tackling both smooth surfaces and unpaved roads. And that you have the bike thoroughly serviced from a reputable garage to ensure it’s in top condition before you hit the road.
While you can fix minor issues yourself during the trip, don’t try to fix any major issues by yourself. Always seek professional help.
Follow Traffic Rules
The golden tip! Ensure that you adhere to all traffic restrictions while you’re on the road. It’s particularly important that you research traffic rules before you leave, as these can often change as you drive into a new country or state. And ignorance of the law is not a valid defense.
Understand that these rules are meant for your safety. Traffic rules hold prominence especially in hilly areas where one wrong step, one wrong turn can have a catastrophic end. So ensure that you are following the traffic rules.
This might range from wearing a helmet, to carrying all the necessary documents with you on the journey, to adhering to the speed limits of the road. Don’t exceed the speed limit. Speed thrills, but ultimately kills.
Ensure Proper Rest In Between
Riding a bike for long periods of time has the potential to cause a sprained neck and a severe back pain. So ensure that you make pit stops in between your journey at regular intervals of time.
Taking a pit stop for 10 minutes after every hour of riding is recommended. During this time make sure you stretch and re-hydrate. Long journeys in hot weather can result in your body becoming dehydrated, so you need to make sure you drink water, and properly rest over the course of your journey.
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