Some people ride a motorcycle for the sheer passion and adrenaline. Others ride for the independence and freedom. No matter what your reasoning is for riding, you must love this hobby and lifestyle if you’re planning a trip across the country. Here are important things to keep in mind when planning your cross-country motorcycle trip.
Start and End Points
America is a large country with so many great spots to start and end your trip. The first part of planning is deciding where those two spots are that work best for you. Mark down what places you want to see and that will help you figure out what locations are best to start and end from. If you want to include Route 66 for your motorcycle trip then starting and ending in mid-southern locations is a good idea.
What to Pack
Obviously you can’t bring your entire wardrobe with you on this trip. Packing light will do you and your gas mileage both a favor. Take tips from experienced riders to pinpoint what you will need and what you don’t.
Map or GPS
Consider how you want to navigate your trip. A standard map is the old-school way of riding so make sure your map is up to date on functioning roads and highways if that’s the method you choose. The standard GPS will keep track of your location from point A to point B. If you get lost, there’s an app for that.
Before you leave, check your tire mileage and make sure your tires will last for your motorcycle trip. Feel free to “burn rubber” on your trip but keep in mind the lifespan of your tires. If you’re looking to get new tires for this trip, look into touring tires which are specifically made for longer rides.
Keep Log of Visited Locations
Maybe you’re not one to write in a journal, and that’s okay. Whether you simply keep a notepad and pen in your pocket or type notes on your phone, make sure you track the places you visit on your trip. This will let you mark the places you may want to ride again if given the opportunity.
Where You Lay Your Head
Another important factor behind planning your motorcycle trip is determining where you will stay. You have many options as a motorcyclist for where you want to stay. Hotels, motels, airbnb or even camping are great options to make your trip easy and interesting.
Stop to Smell the Roses
The last thing you should include in your motorcycle trip plans is time to stop and smell the roses. You will be going through monumental landscapes and scenery. Take the time to enjoy it to make this trip one of the most memorable in your lifetime of riding.