There is no better feeling than the freedom of the open road. Most of the time it is fun to just hop on your motorcycle with no real destination in mind. But if you are planning on taking a road trip, there are a few things that you may want to keep in mind. I recently found this article, which discusses some important tips you should consider when taking a motorcycle road trip. These tips below will help make your road trip as fun and enjoyable as possible.
1) The Road Is Longer Than You Think
If you are not accustomed to riding your bike for more than just a few hours then you should think twice about jumping right into a road trip. Take some practice rides that help you get ready for longer periods of time on your motorcycle. The more prepared you are for a six or seven hours on a motorcycle, the better the trip will be.
2) The Weather Constantly Changes
At some point on a motorcycle road trip you will most likely end up hot, cold and wet. Make sure you are prepared for any type of weather conditions, even if it supposed to be perfect. I highly recommend well-ventilated, waterproof equipment that will help you keep cool when you are hot, dry when it rains, and warm when you need it. If you are going on a motorcycle road trip then you need to be mentally prepared for a little discomfort. But preparing for the worst conditions will help make a world of difference.
3) Take Time To Rest
It is important to break up the long drive with a few breaks to keep you well rested and energized. You may think that stopping whenever you need to fill up is the way to go, but in reality you will want to take a break much more often. Pull over at a rest area to drink some water, have a snack, stretch your legs and relax your back. You do not want to stay on the road for too long and lose your concentration. Taking breaks will keep you awake, alert and focused on your ride.
4) It Can Get Dirty
The road can be a disgusting place, especially when you are spending 5+ hours on the road a day. After an extended period time, a lot of the dirt and disgusting things on the road will likely end up on you. You will want to plan your trip accordingly and have places to shower or find less fancy places that are popular with local riders.
5) Embrace Technology
While it is nice to be alone in your own thoughts while out on the open road, at some point you may want to change it up. A helmet that is equipped with Bluetooth can allow you to listen to music on the road, receive phone calls, follow GPS directions and communicate with other riders. This technology can provide you with a little entertainment in addition to the handy features that will keep you on the road instead as opposed to pulling over to get directions or take a call.