Flights, local buses, rental cars are great modes of transport while traveling. But if you truly want to enjoy traveling, a motorcycle tour is perfect.
Today, we’re sharing 17 motorcycle touring tips so you can handle just about any situation on the road. Here we go…
- Pack light and smart. When packing, make sure to carry as much disposable stuff you can which can be used & discarded. For instance, swap shampoo bottles with small sachets. Also, fold your clothes instead of stuffing them directly. To reduce the weight, you can rewear a pair of clothes.
- Service your bike. Perform the basic checks. You need to be sure your steed is all prepped up for the long ride.
- Check your clothing. This is particularly for Indian tours: Your ride is going to be dusty so you might want to stay away from light-colored clothes that can get dirty on the road.
- Make sure you have all the paperwork. You need special state-level permits or All India Permits to be allowed to travel across state borders.
- Carry a spare key. This may sound silly but you might get into something unexpected. You can lose your key anytime. So, it’s best to carry a spare key and hide it somewhere on the bike.
- Carry cash. Carrying loads of cash can be a lot of weight to carry but you never know if a gas station won’t have the card machine working right. Plus, if you’re traveling to a remote place, people there will be more likely to accept cash as the form of payment.
- Keep sipping water every now and then while you ride. Before everything else, don’t drink too much alcohol the night before a You can even add some glucon-d or Gatorade to your water if you want.
- Be extra careful at night. Look far ahead so you are aware of any potholes, speed breakers etc. in advance.
- There’s no rush when you’re riding alone. So, halt whenever you’re feeling too tired, sip on some chai and explore places.
- Eat right. Long rides can wear you, right? To feel energized throughout the ride, eat healthy nourishing wholesome meals whenever you stop at an eatery.
- Stay Prepared. You cannot always predict the weather. To stay prepared on rainy days, carrying raincoats & pants that will fit over your riding gear & raincovers for luggage are a must.
- Take regular breaks. You can take a five-minute break after every 50-100 kms.
- Always wear a helmet. This one is an obvious one. It’s not a matter of law, but a matter of your safety!
- Know the route. Always ensure you’re on the right road. In case you want to check, you should pull over and check your phone.
- It’s good to fill up before setting off. Remote places may not have as many petrol pumps.
- Carry a first aid kit: The first aid kit should contain plasters of different sizes and shapes, splints, sterile gauze dressings, sterile eye dressings, disposable sterile gloves, and antiseptic creams and lotions.
- Enjoy the ride. A solo ride is a memorable experience. So make the most of your ride and enjoy it to the fullest!