Thinking about heading out on a motorcycle trip? You should. It could be the most rewarding thing you ever do. However, you need to make sure that you plan it carefully. You don’t want to end up running out of fuel in the middle of nowhere. Here’s how to plan a motorbike trip.
The most important thing you can do before leaving on a motorcycle trip is to map out a route. It’s better to travel 500 miles on one tank of gas rather than 1,000 miles having to refuel multiple times during the trip.
A route should include major towns and cities. If your bike has GPS capabilities, load up the maps for the entire area surrounding where you plan to tour. Mark all major highways and roadways so that you are aware of any alternate routes or detours you might need if there is an accident or something blocking the main road.
With the route mapped out, it’s time to start thinking about gas stops. You don’t want to run out of fuel while traveling, do you? If you aren’t sure how far your bike will go on a tank of gas, check your owner’s manual or call the manufacturer directly. Once you know how many miles your bike can travel on one tank of gas, divide that number by 60 and figure out where you can stop for fuel every 100 miles or so.
The best motorcycle trips take you to amazing places. For some people, this might be an amazing coastal view that you can’t reach by car. For others, it might be a visit to a football stadium to check out the Premier League football odds. You can go anywhere on your motorcycle trip. Just make sure you go somewhere.
The most important thing to consider when packing for a motorbike trip is whether you will be carrying things on your bike or if you plan to take a motorcycle trailer. If you plan on hauling supplies, make sure that your helmet has built-in head and eye protection. You’ll also want to make sure your glasses have polycarbonate lenses. Make sure they are UV resistant and scratch-resistant. You can see my there packing list here.
Always tell someone you trust about your destination and estimated time of arrival so that they will know if you don’t make it back on time. When you leave, turn on the location feature on your smartphone and allow someone to track you.
The best motorcycle trips are the ones that you share with a friend. Make sure your friend is up for the adventure because they are just as likely to get lost as you are. The two of you can help each other remember where to turn and how far it is to refuel.
Before taking a motorcycle trip, be sure to have your bike serviced. The last thing you want is to break down with no one around who can assist you. Even if you are going for the weekend, take it in and get everything checked over so that there are no problems on the road or at home.