3 critical considerations before embarking on your first motorcycle road trip

If you are considering using a motorcycle on your next road trip, you are not alone as usage of this form of transport has been on the high end in the recent past. This increase in popularity has resulted from its maneuverability, freedom, and adventurous advantages. 

Today, motorcycles are a must-have in every home where families use them to run their daily errands. Even as their acceptance and usage increase, it’s essential to acknowledge that riding a motorcycle comes with a price. 

Unlike driving a car where there is guaranteed protection, being on a motorcycle exposes you to every weather out there, ranging from rains, hot sun, dust, cold, and even strong winds. Moreover, anyone that has ever sustained a motorcycle accident injury will tell you that this is the worst accident you can ever encounter. 

Not only does a motorcycle accident leave you seriously hurt, but chances of losing your life are high. Following this, you must incorporate these three measures before taking that first motorcycle road trip. 

TAKE A REFRESHER COURSE TO UP YOUR RIDING SKILLS

When was the last time you hit the road on a motorbike? Furthermore, the fact that you are going on a road trip means that you will be riding more miles than your usual everyday kilometers. Therefore enhance your safety on the road by taking a refresher course to keep up to date with any new rule that may have come up over time. 

While at it, ensure to familiarize yourself with the traffic rules of the towns you plan to visit and mark critical landmarks that will help you find your way during the road trip. 

ENSURE YOU HAVE THE RIGHT BIKE AND IT’S IN GOOD CONDITION

Before anything, it’s important to note that not all motorcycles are fit for long journeys. In addition to securing the right bike for your road trip, you should make sure it is in good condition. 

The surest way to enhance this is to have your motorcycle serviced before hitting the road. Some of the critical areas to check on are the battery and ensure it’s corrosion-free, the brakes, the belt, and the chain. Additionally, ensure your motorcycle’s filters are clean and the fluids are full. Lastly, don’t forget to inspect the tires for debris and the correct pressure. 

With tires, they spoil quickly on long trips; therefore, ensure to inspect the bike each morning for any unusual occurrence. 

DRESS APPROPRIATELY TO ENHANCE YOUR COMFORTABILITY

One thing when taking a motorcycle road trip is that you have to prepare for unpredictable weather conditions. One minute it might be hot, and the next moment, it’s raining cats and dogs. Ensure to wear and park clothes appropriate for any weather that may befall you on your road trip.

Before anything, you must be in a helmet, gloves, a jacket, socks, riding pants, and boots as you embark on the road trip. For what to park with you, consider how many days you are going for the road trip, how long it is, and the prevailing weather condition in the said destination.  

Even as you do this, make sure your bag has windproof and waterproof pants, a T-shirt, a heavy and light jacket, and a pair of extra gloves. 

CONCLUSION

With the proper preparation and observance of traffic laws, motorcycle trips can be one of the most heartwarming and adventurous journeys to take. Have the time of your life in your upcoming motorcycle road trip by implementing the above three measures.  


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