Riding on a motorcycle is one of the best ways to experience the joys of the outdoor environment. Taking a motorcycle on a road trip can also save you money on gas. Here are a few good tips to keep in mind when preparing for motorcycle travel.
It is important to make sure that your motorcycle is working properly before you set out on your trip. You should make sure that your cables are lubed and that your brakes still have enough life in them. It is also advisable to make sure your air filter is clean for better gas mileage. Tires should be sufficiently inflated as well.
Plan Your Route
Not planning your route beforehand can greatly deter from your overall experience. You will likely want to plan a route that lets you see things such as beautiful coastlines, mountain ranges or other natural wonders. You can also plan to take a route along certain side roads where there is lesser traffic.
Proper Safety Gear
Having the right safety gear is even more important during long motorcycle trips. You should wear a durable helmet at all times. Chest armor, mouth guards and reflective vests are also advisable. It is also a good idea to wear special types of armor for the shoulders, elbows, hips and knees.
You will want to make sure that your seat is comfortable if you are going to be sitting on your motorcycle for extended periods of time. It is generally best to use a flat saddle instead of a preformed model for maximum comfort. A flat saddle can also give your legs and feet more comfort by allowing you to sit more towards the front or at the back of the seat.
Bring Hearing Protection
The loud and prolonged drones of the engine can wreak havoc upon your hearing. You should invest in some cheap earplugs available at most drug stores. You can also try using any earplugs you may have saved from air travel.
It is important to not weigh your motorcycle down with an excessive amount of personal items. Carrying extra weight can affect your motorcycle’s fuel efficiency and overall performance level. Instead of bringing several different clothing items, it is best to only bring a few outfits and wash them regularly at one of the laudromats along your route.
Avoid Overdoing It
Even though you may be tempted to spend all day riding, it is a good idea to stop and take breaks along your way. Taking breaks also gives you the opportunity to enjoy the local scenery while giving your body and mind a chance to take a breather.
Planning your motorcycle road trip the right way can make your experience far more worthwhile and memorable.
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