Getting away on a touring trip can be a great way to break in your new bike or just see more of the world at exactly the right speed. However, there are some things that you need to make sure that you check before you get away. Let’s take a look at some of the things you should be checking before you head off on your bike.
The Bike’s Condition
When was the last time that you had the bike serviced? If you are headed away for a significant amount of time, you need to make sure that you have a machine that will serve you well. You do not want it to break down and leave you stranded somewhere.
Having a search for a “motorcycle dealership near me” means that you will be able to find somewhere that can look over your bike properly. Things like your tyres and brakes need to be serviced and potentially replaced so you know that they are going to be able to serve you in the right way. What’s more, if you choose to search for a “motorcycle dealership near me” over a general search, you could find somewhere that you are happy to return to time and time again.
If you are heading off the beaten track (after all, this is where all the best routes are), you need to make sure you know where the petrol stations are. It can be incredibly embarrassing if you run out of gas on a long and lonely stretch of road.
In addition to knowing where the petrol pumps are, you should know when they are open and shut. Rural ones tend to be owned by private individuals rather than a commercial franchise. This can sometimes lead to them not having the most regular of opening and closing times. It can be quite common to pull up to such a pump in the early evening and find the shop closed – something you need to be prepared for!
Make sure you have a look at a long-range weather forecast to see what you can expect in terms of rain or wind or other unpleasant types of weather. Having to ride a motorcycle for long periods of time can be difficult enough as it is. It can be made even worse by poor weather.
If you think that you are going to be passing through a particularly rough patch at one point, it might be better to make that a rest day, get your body back in condition otherwise you certainly won’t enjoy sitting back on the bike all day again. A great idea on a rest day is to stretch out those cramped up muscles and do some yoga to get the blood flowing around after sitting in one position for hours on end. Bikers even carry a yoga mat with the on long multi day adventures purely for this purpose – it can be a game changing idea and we really recommend it. Find a nice village where you can rent a room or even just spend the day chilling in a pub’s lounge. Sometimes, it is better to be off the bike than on it.
Are you excited to get away on your tour? You need to make sure that you have everything planned out before you go so the trip runs as smoothly as possible. Don’t forget any small details, from insurance to a set of maps!