Motorcycle road trips are the epitome of road-freedom, but issues that arise can quickly dampen all the fun.
Nothing captures the feeling of the wind flowing through your body and rumble of your motorcycle engine beneath you as you hit the road for an extended road trip. Traveling through the most scenic routes can make any motorcyclist hit the roads on a spontaneous road trip. But don’t be fooled. Long road trips take quite a bit of planning in order for your bike to get you from point A to B and then back to A again. Here are a few tips on how you can get your motorcycle ready for any road trip.
Inspect Key Items
Before you hit the road, make sure to inspect some key items.
- Look at all fluid levels associated with your motorcycle.
- Check the belt and chain for any frail spots.
- Ensure that all lights are functioning properly.
- Lubricate the brakes and clutch cables.
- Inspect the fluid in each battery cell.
- Test the spark plugs.
Know Your Bike’s Limits
Before you decide to embark on a coast-to-coast road trip, read your owner’s manual to understand the limits of your bike. This includes miles traveled and weight limit of the bike.
To improve gas mileage and better ensure the survival of your tires, they must be inflated to the proper psi. Refer to your owner’s manual to know the right psi.
Proper Weather Gear
Always check the weather of all the regions to which you will be traveling. You may need gear to deal with the hot beaming sun, cold unforgiving rain, or even both.
This includes a first-aid kit, list of personal contacts, emergency blanket, medications, water, flashlight, energy bars, and phone charger.