A long-distance motorcycle trip will put your skills and endurance to the test. Distance riding requires a great deal of knowledge and preparation. Check out these tips to help your ride go smoothly.
Documents related to motorcycle: The most important of all is to get all the important motorcycle related papers in order and get it photo-copied too. Make two packets, one for original documents and one for the photo-copied one. If you’re in India, then following are the things which you should always carry while travelling on motorcycle:
- Valid Driving License
- Motorcycle Registration Card/ Certificate
- PUC – Pollution Under Control Certificate
- Insurance Certificate with cover letter
Prepare Your Bike. Completely inspect your motorcycle and give it a thorough tune-up.
- Change the oil and filter
- Check the air and fuel filters
- Check all fluid levels
- Adjust throttle and brake cables
- Adjust and lube the drive chain (if applicable)
- Check tire pressure and tread
- Check all gauges, lights, horn and signals
- Visually inspect the entire bike for any broken or worn parts
For more in-depth maintenance information, refer to your owner’s manual.
If you’re not comfortable preparing your bike yourself, bring it to a qualified motorcycle technician before your trip.
Remember Your Tool Kit. Make sure you have what you need to make quick adjustments or repairs on the road. Bring a flat tyre repair kit too.
Do Testing. Test all new accessories and gear before your trip, not during.
Pack Light and Bring Only What You Need. Distribute the weight evenly. Keep heavy items low to ensure the motorcycle maintains a low center of gravity. Plan for a way to secure your belongings at stops. Bring your cell phone too.
Dress Safely. You and your passenger need to wear proper safety gear: helmet; eye protection; a protective jacket; long, thick pants; boots and gloves. Help other motorists see you by wearing brightly colored outer layers and helmet.
Prepare for Weather Conditions. Bring along extra clothing layers or thermals for warmth. Remember your rain gear and put it on before it starts raining, so always keep on the top of your saddle bags/ box
Know Your Limits. Stop often to get off of your bike and stretch. Plan for an adequate number of stops, especially if you don’t have much experience with long rides.
Take it Easy. As much as possible, try to stay off of the brakes and avoid any extremes with the throttle. This allows for a less-tiring, more relaxed ride.
Stop if You Feel Tired. Don’t rely on caffeine to keep you awake. Operating a motorcycle when your senses are less than sharp is extremely hazardous. And of course, never drink and ride.
Eat Right. Eat well and often enough to keep up your energy. Be sure to bring water and energy bars or trail mix. Eat and drink before you feel hungry or thirsty.
Get Re-fueled Before You Need It. In rural areas, you may travel several hundred kilometers without passing a fuel station. Don’t wait until you run low to fill up.
Plan Ahead. Each night, go over your plans for the next day. Get a feel for the route, how long you think you’ll ride and places where you might want to stop.
Keep it Fun. Enjoy the scenery, welcome meeting new people and experience the freedom of the road!
Wishing you all tons of hundreds of fun-filled & adventurous kilometers.
RIDE HARD – RIDE LONG – RIDE SAFE