Every once in a while you just wish that you could sit on your motorcycle and just ride. Even if it is visiting your relatives across the country or simply driving in the unknown direction, you just need that one ride, to cross it off your bucket list. There are plenty of ways of doing it, but it all starts in your mind where the idea develops. Once you are ready, devise a plan and set it in motion, and make sure to pack your motorcycle for it is going to be one heck of a ride. Here are useful things which might help you on your way.
The road is long
I am not sure if you realize it, but the roads are indefinitely long. That means hours, hours and hours spent driving, sometimes in one direction, sometimes in many. But the road is long ahead! Make sure you pack your bags properly, address the potential issues on your bike, and prepare yourself for endless drive. It can be very hard on the mind to simply sit there holding the handles and driving into the horizon. So if you are not accustomed to driving for more than a few hours, do not simply jump into it for it might be more than you can chew. Take some practice and drive around the city so that you can get used to riding the bike for longer periods. Even experienced bikers ride regularly around the city in order to keep their driving stamina up. There are certain tips which can help you become a better driver, but in most cases, once you are ready, you will know it.
Windshields are underestimated
Everyone loves riding a raw, naked bike through the city, especially in that awesome clothing. Showing off is just one of the perks coming with a great bike, and that is why windshields kind of a don’t fit in the role. But, things change once you move from the city onto the highway, for the winds tend to be your concern number one. Not only will you feel the strong gusts blowing in your face, but without a facemask and proper goggles, you will not make the trip. That is why you should put your windshield on, to protect yourself from the elements and preserve your face and eyes. Riding a bike at higher speeds brings more wind, so if you enjoy cruising at 100 kilometers per hour, you will need the windshield.
Work on your motorcycle
Before every ride, take a look at your bike and spend some time working on it. Check every corner, tune it up and remember to change or fill up the oil. If you own an old motorcycle, perhaps it is time to invest some money into it or simply get a new one. It does not have to be a brand new one, as long as it is in a good shape. A perfect place to look for such bike would be visiting motorcycle auctions. There are plenty of great deals at a decent price. Once you have a new bike or your old one is tuned and ready, hit the road Jack.
Heavy bikes require hard workout
Did you know that bikes are very, very heavy? Handling the bike at greater speeds requires strong muscles in your upper and lower arms, and to be able to drive for hours, one has to be in good shape. Ever wondered why all those people riding bikes have huge biceps? It is all related, and once you sit on the bike for the first time, you will realize that you need hulk-like strength to drive a bike for longer periods of time. So without further waiting, head to the gym straight away if you are planning a bike trip.
The road can be a lonely place, so it is always a good thing to bring a friend along. Plan a trip so that you get a lot of rest, and plan an itinerary according to the motels and hotels along the way. If you are feeling tired at any point, signal your wingman and prepare to make a pit stop. Do not push your limits, for the price is deadly.