Many people decide to spend their weekends of good weather travelling by motorcycles and getting to know attractive new places. At first, this seems to be a very appealing plan, but it can become an unpleasant experience if you are not used to ride for long distances. Next, I will show several tricks and advices for those who are about to begin their first long motorcycle travel:
Saddle bags, trunks and luggage
The amount of luggage you will have to carry depends on the distance you are going to travel, the amount of time you are going to spend on the road, and how many people are travelling in the motorcycle. The first thing you must do is distribute the weight evenly between the trunks and saddlebags. You must not unbalance the bike by putting more weight on one of its sides.
Even though trunks are impermeable, if it rains, it is very likely some water penetrates at some point. In order to keep your luggage dry, it is advisable to protect the objects inside by putting them in plastic bags.
Furthermore, you have to make sure every saddlebag is tightly fastened. During los travels, they tend to move, which is why it is so important to fasten the straps appropriately. It is also advisable to cover the saddle bags with a flame retardant material because it is possible they get close to the exhaust pipe.
No matter how hot the weather is, you must always wear a protective suit. You must never ride wearing a t-shirt, without gloves, helmet, or the right footwear. Even if it is a short journey, if you fall and you are not wearing the right equipment, you are in risk of suffering skin burns and even more serious injuries.
Also, you must carry a change of clothes, but never too much. A good choice is to carry old shirts you don’t mind throwing away after using them. This way, your luggage will reduce during the travel and you will have some extra space to keep souvenirs from your trip.
It is very important to remember this detail: clothes, especially underwear, must be very comfortable. Pieces of clothing with many seams will become very uncomfortable after several hours of driving.
Food and beverages
Travelling by motorcycle can be very exhausting, which is why it is very important to be well fed and hydrated during the whole trip. Isotonic drinks are perfect to keep the level of minerals in the body while refreshing you and calming your thirst. For its part, energy bars will save some space and are a very good snack. Carrying canned food is not a bad idea either.
“Energy bars are a very good option because of its reduced size and amount of energy they provide“
Pre-ride motorcycle checklist
Before starting a trip, you must check very component of the bike, especially the brakes, suspension, filters, fluid level, wheels’ air pressure… This revision is not very hard to perform and the driver can do it himself.
When you are going to travel a long distance, it is recommended to take the motorcycle to a specialized workshop so it can get checked more deeply. It is essential that you determine if there is any damaged element that can cause you troubles during your travel.
If, despite you properly checked your bike, you suffer a puncture or malfunction; a basic repair kit can be very helpful. It can very extremely hard to find help in remote areas, and assistance can take a long time to arrive.
You must also keep in mind that sometimes routes pass through remote places, and the nearest gas station can be many miles away. This is why you should refuel every time you can.
Documents when travelling by motorcycle
You should always carry you insurance, driver’s license, ID, and any other legally required documents. Also, you must check these documents are valid where you are going, and they are not expired or will be expired at some point of the trip.
Lastly, you must not forget that travelling by motorcycle involve an important physical deterioration: your boy will be subject to stressing postures for many hours. It is strongly advisable to do a series of stretches before starting the trip and every time you make a stop. This way, you can avoid muscular pain and back pain.
If you are travelling long distances, you should definitely train yourself by riding at least two hours straight several times for a couple of months before travelling. The point of this is to adapt your body to ride a motorcycle for long periods.
Now, when travelling, remember the Directorate General of Traffic suggests that you rest every two hours or 160 miles, and that you sleep enough the night before travelling.
Car Vacuum Cleaner?
Do you think you need to bring a car vacuum cleaner during your travelling by motorcycle? Yes, of course! Don’t let your vehicle become a mess. Whisk up dirt to keep your motorcycle fresh and clean.