How to Prepare For a Long Distance Motorcycle Touring?
Are you planning to hit the road with your motorcycle for days? If yes, preparing yourself in advance is the secret to having a delightful and memorable trip.
As a beginner who has never been on a long-distance motorcycle touring, however, “preparing in advance” might sound like completely new to you. You might not know have a clue how to things in order for your upcoming trip.
Worry not, though.
In this guide, you’ll learn some crucial tips on how to right yourself up for your upcoming long trip and make it a complete success.
Ride smart, not hard
Probably the most common mistake that all newbie long-distance bikers tend to make is stretching way above their limits.
Keeping to your riding to your limits is essential if you want to make your trip enjoyable
The average ridder can cover up to 65% of their most comfortable distance on a long journey, according to the Iron Butt Associates. This means if you can comfortably cruise a total of 500 miles a day, you should consider riding up to 352 miles each day of your trip.
By setting these limits, you’ll get to have safer and comfortable rides between the trips while also having time to prepare for changing weather conditions.
Hey, It’s about a fun motorcycle trip, not a competition…ride smart, not hard!
Prepare for all weather conditions
Your long trip will be met with all climates and weather conditions, from winds, cold, wet—everything!
For this reason, you ought to prepare for the unpreceded by packing the necessary gear for various weather conditions.
Essentially, you need some warm and rain gear. A pair of rain boots will come in handy too.
Ignore this tip, and you might find yourself stuck along the way as you wait for the rain to stop. Or you might be forced to cruise your bike while freezing.
Plan your route
This is probably the most important part of planning for your upcoming trip.
You need to have a clear picture of your end destination. This way, you can easily map it via GPS or even the traditional paper map. Decide how you want to reach your destination to give you a clue of how long it’ll take.
Take note of the climate along your planned route to enable you to pack just the right gear. Also, take note of any possible obstacles along your route, such as ongoing road construction, road conditions, and even traffic delays.
If you’ll be riding for days, you also want to book your accommodations well in advance to avoid missing out on somewhere to sleep when the night catches up with you on the road.
You’ll also need to consider fuel stops in your route. By knowing how long your bike can cover on a full tank, you’ll get to decide how far the next gas station ought to be.
Quick Tip: Set breaks along the way, attractions stops, etc. And don’t forget to bring your camera to take photos of scenic places. You need something to show your loved ones or fellow bikers when you get back.
Pack the right safety gear
Firstly, you’ll need a good-quality full-face motorcycle helmet for a long-distance trip. This will offer your head, face, eyes full protection from extreme weather, rain, flying debris, and the pesky insects!
Moreover, a full-face helmet will keep you from freezing in cold weather. It will also keep you from getting sunburns and wind chapping.
Preparing your bike for the long trip
Conduct proper repair and maintenance on your motorcycle long before the D-day for your long distance motorcycle trip.
You don’t want your motorcycle to suffer a breakdown in the middle of nowhere—with no signs of a mechanic shop nearby—and leave you stuck and helpless.
Make sure you do all the necessary repairs in advance; replace any worn-out tires and brake pads, stuck cable, etc., that might derail your ride.
Check the tires for the right pressure. Check the tread depth as well. In case you do a tire change, be sure to give it the recommended breaking time before you kick off your motorcycle tour.
Ensure your chain is oiled correctly, tensioned, and has no kinks.
Inspect the drive belt for any frays or runs, and be sure to replace it in case of excessive wear. Inspect the brake cables and throttle too.
All the fluids in your motorcycle ought to be clean and full.
Above all, check that your motorcycle battery is in top condition. Ensure you have a corrosion-proof and dependable battery. For the ultimate durability and performance, we suggest that you get a gel motorcycle battery.
What exactly to eat while on a long distance trip?
Take a break from fast foods! The best foods to take while on a long road trip with your motorcycle include:
The idea here is to try to eat light—this is a time-proven eating habit for anyone on a long distance trip!
Spice it up with a stereo
A long ride with only the roaring of your engine or the exhaust system? Not a good experience. Soon enough, boredom will catch up with you.
Hooking up that stereo system on your motorcycle will keep you entertained, energized through the journey. Listening to your favorite sound along the way will make your trip even more enjoyable and one you’d never want to forget.
If you don’t have a radio on your bike, you can simply get a helmet with Bluetooth that enables you to pair your smartphone and listen to your favorite tracks.
Some long distance riders also use earplugs that connect directly to their smartphone to enable them to listen to their favorite sounds. An added benefit of quality motorcycle earplugs is that it helps suppress the surrounding traffic noise for a more peaceful trip.
Get enough storage space for all your essentials.
You’ll need enough storage space to accommodate all the necessary gear and other essentials for the upcoming trip.
A tank bag, designed for strapping to the top of your fuel tank, is ideal for carrying your maps, personal identification rain gear, etc. Some models even come with a clear pouch where you can place the map and read it on the go.
Saddlebags fit on either side of the rear wheel and offer you more storage space for your gear.
The motorcycle backpack will also offer you additional storage space for soft gear.
What exactly should you carry in your bags?
We have just stated above that you need enough storage space when riding on a long trip.
This might make you think… “what exactly do I need to put in those bags?”
Well, firstly, you’ll need to put your personal gear we mentioned earlier on in those bags. These include the cold weather gear (a heated vest/jacket), rain gear, your personal identification insurance, sunglasses, earplugs, and protective balm.
You’ll also need to carry motorcycle-specific gear such as an emergency toolset, motorcycle power output kit (to power your handheld devices), cleaning supplies, auxiliary fuel tanks, cleaning supplies, battery tender etc.
Above all, you’ll need to carry personal items such as hydration packs (you need to stay hydrated all along the way!), snacks, extra toiletries, etc.
Don’t hesitate to share your travel route
Finally, make a point of sharing your itinerary with your loved one or family member.
This is important as it gives your loved peace of mind as they know of where about, in case anything happens when you’re out there.
Make a copy of the paper map with details about the route to follow, where you’ll be at what time, and other vital information, and leave it behind
Or your loved ones can use GPS tracking apps to help them keep updated on your whereabouts as long as your phone stays on.
The difference between a boring motorcycle trip and an exciting one depends on how well you prepare for it. Preparing for the trips boils down about arming yourself with the right gear and other personal necessities and ensuring your motorcycle is ready for the long trip coming.
Having offered you our expert tips on how to prepare for a long motorcycle trip in the above, we’re hopeful that you’ll have an exciting trip that makes you addicted to this thrilling kind of adventure.