Motorcycle trips demand far more planning than the equivalent journey in any other mode of transport. Though riding provides an inherent sense of freedom, practical limitations require motorcyclists to think ahead when choosing to hit the open road. Worry not, as we have a few tips that’ll help you plan a long distance trip on your bike conveniently.

Get Your Friends On Board

First things first, get your friends on board. Your buddies can always add the fun factor to every trip. So make sure you have enough friends who want to tag along with you on their bikes. Besides, in the words of Barney Stinson, “Whatever you do in this life, it is not legendary unless your friends are there to see it.”

Important Points to Consider

The first questions you’ll want to ask yourself when planning a trip will revolve around how long you plan on being gone, where you intend to go, and what you have in mind for accommodation. Also, don’t forget the security concerns of the trip. It’ll be better to do all the traveling during daylight.

Inspect Your Bike

The only mode of transport you’ll be using on this trip needs to be fully functional. So make sure you inspect it in detail and get any nagging issues sorted. This will be the ultimate test of grit for your bike. As such, it should be up to the challenge.

Packing Tips to Keep in Mind

First on your list of “must pack” items should be a safety and repair kit. Packing for a long distance motorcycle ride is a delicate balance between bringing enough items to ensure comfort, and not overloading yourself with unnecessary weight and bulk. So pack accordingly.

Plan, Plan, Plan

Though it’s tempting to hit the open road without any plans, don’t forget that you’re more vulnerable to the elements, fatigue, and potentially serious injury on a motorcycle. Prepare yourself with clothing appropriate for the weather. Plan a route and if you don’t have a portable GPS system, do whatever it takes to not get lost.

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