Now that motorcycle season is here, it’s time to get out and ride to your heart’s content. For some, that means riding down their favorite local roads over and over, but some people have more adventurous rides in mind. This is the time of year when many road warriors saddle up to take long multi-day trips over hundreds if not thousands of miles. The motorcycle road trip is a time-honored tradition, but it can easily turn into a nightmare if you haven’t properly prepared.
How to Prepare for a Motorcycle Road Trip
- Make a Plan – Do you know where you are going on this road trip? Do you know what routes you are taking, what stops you want to make, and where your overall destination is? If not, then you’ve got some research and planning to do. Knowing where you are going and what conditions to expect are the key to having a great road trip experience. Even if you plan on just going wherever the wind takes you, having a general idea of the area is going to save you a lot of heartache.
- Get Your Motorcycle Checked – One of the worse experiences that you can have while on a motorcycle road trip is having your motorcycle break down. Before you head out on a trip, make sure your bike has been serviced. That means getting fluids topped off, checking the electrical system, checking your lights and making sure your tires are in good condition.
- Pack Only the Essentials – Motorcycles have very limited space, so you can’t pack everything for every eventuality. However, there are a few items you don’t want to be caught without while on your road trip. Items you need to pack: a map/GPS (in case your phone’s map isn’t reliable), rain gear, earplugs, tire plug kit, important documents (including your ID, insurance info, road side assistance info…), a tool kit, a first aid kit and some water.
Having a fun road trip goes hand-in-hand with having a safe road trip. So, make sure you are prepared when you take to the road for a long trip. And if something does go wrong while you’re out riding, make sure the motorcycling attorneys at Metier Law Firm are part of your plan. We help motorcyclists when they need it most.