How to plan the perfect motorcycle trip
Motorcycle trips can be one of the most liberating things you’ll ever experience. The feeling of being on the road – either alone or with friends – and creating new memories and experiences cannot be compared to anything else.
And while it might be easy to just jump on your bike with a spare pair of socks and a sleeping back, being prepared is absolutely necessary. Here we’ll teach you how to prepare the motorcycle trip of your life in four easy steps.
- What equipment will you have to take?
The first thing you need to make sure you have is suitable protective clothing. You must make sure that your safety is your priority. Make sure that you have the appropriate kit to wear that will keep you and your pillion protected in the worst-case scenario. Choose riding gear to suit your styles and motorcycle helmets that will keep you safe. Aside from the right clothing kit, you’ll need snacks and water for when you have a break, a first-aid kit and a few tools for any emergency mechanical failures. Choose your under layers carefully in accordance to the climate you’ll be riding in: technical summer base layers will allow you to perspire without feeling uncomfortable, and winter base layers are designed to draw heat away from your skin where the moisture evaporates.
- Where are you going?
The first step of organizing your trip involves determining how much time you have and where you want to go. This is where you use your past experiences to determine how far you can go in a day. Remember to take into account rest, refueling and a bit of extra time in case of unforeseen stoppages (e.g. breakdowns or taking the wrong road). If you’re a dedicated rider with a few years under your belt, then you could expect to do 350 – 400 miles in one day – but don’t expect to repeat this day in, day out, unless you want a sore backside.
When you’ve determined where you’re going it is always handy to break your journey down into small chunks. Look for places you feel would make a fun stop, or are ideally located near hotels or at the very least a town centre for somewhere to sleep. Don’t set yourself too ambitious of targets though, as you don’t want to be stressed attempting to keep to a schedule.
- Where are you sleeping?
Are you a camper, looking to soak in the stars in the sky? Or do you prefer to relax in the comfort of a hotel? If you’re new to riding long-distance then we recommend you don’t place too much distance between hotels or camping sites. If you’re an experienced rider then you’ll know how far you can go, but always settle for a little less, just in case. If you’re planning a longer trip then maybe mix the two up – take advantage of motels for a shower and bed to stay clean on the road, while camp intermittently for the true wildlife experience.
- How often will you have to refuel?
It’s a fact: motorcycles need fuel. Take into account everyone in your group, and not just your own fuel capacity, as some will have bigger or smaller bikes than you. If you’ll be journeying with someone will a smaller fuel tank then you’ll have to make more frequent fueling stops. If you’re going somewhere relatively desolate, with limited fuel gas stations available, then we recommend you ring ahead to check when they’re open as Google might not have up to date information. It is always recommended to carry a spare fuel canister, just in case.