Motorcycle touring is a great way to explore your city, state, or even the entire country from an entirely new perspective. There’s nothing quite like seeing the world from a motorcycle. Getting started with motorcycle travel isn't as difficult as you may have thought. We have put together some of the best touring motorcycle tips to make sure you have a great time along the way. Find out how to get started.
Tips for touring on a motorcycle
Whether you’re a long-time rider or just got into the game with your first touring bike, long distance riding is a lot different than everyday riding. Much preparation must go into a long ride in order to have a successful trip. We’ve rounded up some key tips in having a fun and successful trip on your bike. Touring motorcycles were built for the long haul and the following tips will help you make it seamlessly and safely from point A to point B.
Preparing and planning your route
Plan all routes ahead of time. Know how many miles you are travelling a day and map out rest stops and possible places to eat. It makes a trip run a lot smoother when you have a clear plan of where you are riding in a day and places to stop along the way for rest, food, gas, or sightseeing.
Book hotels ahead of time! You will most likely get a better rate booking ahead of time and it is a huge weight off your shoulders knowing where you’ll be staying each night. Print hotel confirmation and keep them in a safe spot in your bike.
When you make a detailed road map ahead of time… stick to it!
Keep track of time on the road. And if you ever begin to get tired, take a break!
If your route involves long stretches of open road in remote areas, let friends and family back home know where you will be riding. This is especially important in the case that you're riding alone.
Schedule each day’s ride so that you are done riding at dusk. It is more risky to drive in the changing light as you’re harder for cars to see, and in many places, animals like to come out onto the roads at night, so it's best to avoid night riding if you can.
Packing your gear
Packing is one of the trickiest parts when planning an overnight ride. You want to pack as light as possible, yet still bring everything you need. One tip we can suggest is that when riding in a group, you only need one person to bring bulky things such as jumper cables or a first aid kit.
Earplugs - When riding for hours on end it's a good idea to give your ears a break from your roaring engine. Riding takes an extreme toll on your hearing, coming soon the Sena INC Helmet will be the perfect solution to protecting your ears, AND keeping you aware of your surroundings on the road.
Zip ties - Small but mighty, you will be surprised at how many times these will come in handy along the way.
Depending on the climate in which you will be riding in, pack accordingly. It's important to be as comfortable as possible on the road, whether you’re trying to stay cool or warm.
Technology is a must. We know we’re a little biased when it comes to this topic, but we promise riding long distances with any of our units will make your ride 10 times better. Once you ride with a Sena you’ll never look back. Learn about our units here.
If you want to have wireless access your Harley or Honda Gold Wing’s infotainment system check out Freewire. Ditch the hassle of a cord and effortlessly listen to music, hear GPS, and take phone calls.
Checking your bike
Inspect your bike routinely! Whenever you get off of your bike make sure to inspect your tires, chains, sprockets, and for anything that might be leaking. Getting gas… getting food… check the bike often! Motorbike touring is not a race, make sure to take the time to thoroughly inspect your bike every chance you have.
Preparing for the unexpected
Be sure to pack the necessary tools incase anything goes wrong with your bike on the road. An alan wrench will become your best friend out on the road, perfect for minor fixes.
It’s a good idea to be covered with roadside assurance in the case that anything serious happens to your bike and you need serious help. Both AAA and AMA offer good coverage, which in many cases includes roadside.
Stay hydrated. We cannot stress enough to stay hydrated, especially if you’re riding in the heat.
We hope you’ve enjoyed our motorcycle touring tips and we hope that this list has inspired you to go out and explore the world around you! Motorcycle touring is one of the best and most exciting ways to travel and the tips above will help you plan your trip, remember your journey, and most importantly stay safe. See you all in our next post.