Motorbike trips and tours can be amazing experiences that take people places they’ve never been before and let them experience incredible new things. However, in order to make sure everything goes as smoothly as possible, a lot of planning must take place before hand.
Some people underestimate the amount of planning needed, and those going on a trip for the first time might not know how to make a plan to begin with. Therefore, here are some things to keep in mind before you take off on a motorcycle trip – from checking your motorcycle to understanding what to expect.
Is your bike up for the task?
While it’s true that people can take a motorcycle trip on any bike, there are certainly some bikes that are more suited for long distance than others. Taking a look a realistic look at your motorcycle and determining if it’s up for the task is vital before you can continue planning.
- Can you fit the necessary luggage on it?
- Is it comfortable enough for you to ride it for a full day?
- Is it mechanically sound enough for a long trip?
If your bike doesn’t pass these simple qualifications, it might be worth reconsidering your plans.
Having the necessary legal requirements sorted
Depending on where your motorcycle trip might take you, there are certain laws and rules to keep in mind. For instance, when traveling abroad, passports will obviously be needed. It’s also important to check that your insurance company will cover you abroad, both for your own health and safety as well as to see if motorcycle insurance is required to drive in the country you will be riding in.
When traveling abroad on a bike or in a car registered in Britain for example, a GB sticker is required to be placed on the back. While most bikes don’t have space for this, you can find number plates for sale that feature a GB logo which is also accepted.
Should you decide to go for one of these, it might be a good excuse to look at private number plates. There are loads of cheap private number plates available to pick from that would add an extra unique element to your bike.
Some countries require the motorcyclist to carry certain spares or reflective clothing and failure to do this could spoil your trip with an expensive roadside fine.
Checking routes and hotels
Looking at the roads beforehand is vital. Scanning the internet for photos so you understand what to expect can give you an advantage when you arrive there, as well as determining before you leave if the roads are suitable for a motorbike or if an alternative road needs to be planned.
Pre-booking hotels will save time after a long ride and leave you in a better position knowing you have somewhere to spend the night. Camping is another option as an alternative to hotels, and some countries allow you to pitch a tent anywhere you find the space. Doing research on this is handy; as in some circumstances you may need to book campgrounds or hotels before departure.
Remember that this is a motorcycle trip, so looking into great motor biking roads to get you to and around your destination is a necessity. Try and get in as many as possible; some of them are truly breathtaking and you may never get the opportunity to see them again. Checking sites like Advrider.com, Horizons Unlimited, or a smart phone app like “Greatest Road” to ask other riders for route suggestions.
Prepare for everything
As with all motorcycle rides, you should plan for everything. Taking a first aid kit could save a life, and making sure you have a mobile phone with good battery could also come in useful.
Additionally, if you’re going abroad then learning a bit of the language could be handy. Just enough to ask if they speak English will help and possibly how to order a beer! Learning the differences between foreign road signs could easily avoid you getting a speeding ticket.