When preparing for a motorcycle road trip, do you like to line up a bunch of destinations? Or do you like to get on your bike and see where the open road takes you?
Although even the best planned road trips can get off course, planning ahead can help make your voyage a smooth one. With some time, thought, and helpful resources you should be in good shape for a successful ride. Here are some things to think about before you hit the road:
Where do you want to go? Perhaps you want to go back to a place that holds fond memories. Maybe now is the time to explore the scenic Pacific Coast Highway or tackle the 318 tight curves of NC/TN’s Tail of the Dragon. If you don’t have a specific destination, or if you are more interested in the journey, there are several websites and apps that have mapped rides ranging from the picturesque to the challenging.
How long will you be gone? Consider the amount of time needed to get to your destination, figuring in necessary stops for food, refueling, and rest. It is helpful to know how much saddle time is too much. If you have exceeded your touring limit in the past, you will probably remember (ouch!). Include other fun or interesting stops along the way and allow extra time for spontaneous sightseeing and uncontrollable factors like weather or traffic.
After you know when and where you are going, you can make arrangements for overnight stays. First, decide if you are going to camp, get a hotel room, or stay with friends. From there, you can compare availability, cost, and amenities to see what fits your needs. You will want to be comfortable after a long day on the road.
Speaking of comfort, think about your riding position. You may need to adjust your bike’s handlebars or add highway pegs or a backrest when planning more than a typical jaunt. Also, take breaks to stretch your legs, relax your back, and stay alert. Check the forecast ahead of time so you can prepare for the weather.
The right gear can make all the difference. Pack clothes that are well-ventilated and waterproof. Extended time on the highway can be hard on your ears and eyes, so have a suitable helmet and earplugs. An extra pair of riding glasses could be handy, too, in case yours get misplaced or broken. Bring light snacks to keep you fueled and a phone charger to keep your phone operational.
Whether your next motorcycle trip takes you somewhere familiar or someplace new, there should be some planning involved. If you are riding with others, get them involved in the planning process. And, make sure all riders carry proof of motorcycle insurance at all times. With Acuity Insurance in your pocket, you’ll have one less thing to worry about. Adventures are ahead, so let your motorcycle trip planning begin!