The idea of setting out on a long, adventurous motorcycle road trip is romantic and exciting. If planned right, your trips should turn out to be all that you hoped they would be.
If you’re a responsible rider you already know that your bike needs to be in tip-top mechanical shape before you head out but packing for any long distance bike ride can be tricky. Here’s what you’ll need:
Riding Suit – If you’ve checked the weather forecast and it says “sunny and warm” don’t believe it. Weather has a mind of its own so be prepared. Get yourself a light, weatherproof riding suit that you can quickly slip on over your clothes at the first sign of bad weather.
Storage – Unless you have a touring bike equipped with hard storage cases, you’ll need to add some type of storage capacity to your bike. Backpacks are no good on a long motorcycle trip. They don’t hold much, can throw your balance off and after a while, they just plain hurt your shoulders and back.
Storage racks, saddlebags, tail bags, tank bags work great. Depending upon the style of your bike, how far you’re traveling and what you need to pack will determine your best option. Do some research to see what has worked best for other riders.
Repair Kit – If you don’t have a repair kit yet, get one before you go. They are affordable and you’ll be thrilled you have it if you get a flat in the middle of nowhere.
Food and Water – Pack a few […]