Tips For Motorcycle Touring

Motorcycle touring can be a blast…and it can also be a nightmare if you take off for your ride and you’re unprepared or ill-equipped.

Below are tips to help ensure that your next motorcycle tour is memorable and eventful, in a good way!

Have The Right Bike Or Rent A Bike
If you don’t own a motorcycle that’s built for touring and long-distance rides, rent one. You’ll appreciate the smooth handling, comfy seats, bigger fuel tank, built-in storage, longer wheelbase, advanced suspension system, powerful engine, footboards and forward controls, state-of-the-art electronics, advanced safety features, and more. 

Buy The Right Motorcycle Clothing And Gear
Being uncomfortable on a trip across town is tolerable, change that to a thousand miles of discomfort, and you’ll be miserable! Invest in a helmet, jacket, pants, boots, and gloves that are designed for touring. Heated motorcycle clothing is one of the best inventions ever, and smart layering in breathable, moisture-wicking garments can also make all the difference!

Be Prepared For Group Dynamics
If you’re organizing a group ride or joining a group tour, be prepared for group dynamics. This can include everything from practicing compromise and flexibility to riding in staggered formations and agreeing on hand signals.

Expect The Unexpected
Whether you’re riding solo or with a small or large group, as meticulously as you might plan your tour, you should also plan for something to go wrong and be prepared to adapt.

Pick The Right Route
When you’re picking a route, match it to your riding experience, skill level, and endurance. This might mean avoiding (or actively seeking out) certain types of  terrain and roads.

Bring Along An Emergency Motorcycle Kit
There’s nothing worse than having a small issue become a big problem, because you don’t have the means to solve it. Pack or buy an emergency motorcycle kit that includes: basic tools, tire repair kit and pump, and first aid supplies.

Pack Wisely And Well
Make every item that you’re taking with you “earn” its way onto the bike, and if it can serve two purposes (or three or four), all the better. Think about “compartmentalizing” when you’re packing – using bags or containers to sort and organize. Also, be sure to distribute the weight evenly (with heavier items at the bottom), so that the handling and performance of your bike isn’t adversely affected.

Respect Mother Nature
Mother Nature is the boss, and she’ll be with you every minute of every day! Weather can change rapidly, especially on the coasts or in the mountains. Rain makes roads slippery, strong wind affects stability, fog makes you blind and invisible, and snow…enough said! When you’re touring, check the forecast regularly (every hour if you need to), and avoid or wait out poor conditions.

Stay Energized And Alert
Long hours on the bike can quickly lead to fatigue. Take regular breaks, even if you don’t feel tired. Listen to your body, and if any level of drowsiness or fatigue creeps in, STOP. Just stop. Rest up until you feel 100% again, equipped to handle the bike, varying road conditions, changing weather, and the other crazy drivers and riders that are on the road.

Bring Your Own Videographer – A GoPro Camera
Attach a GoPro camera to your helmet, chest, or motorcycle and you can relive your trip again and again.

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