If you are a bike enthusiast and have recently decided to go on a world tour on your motorcycle, then you have come to the right page. Please read on.
Firstly, cheers to you as it takes a lot of courage and sense of adventure to embark on such a motorcycle road trip. Good amount of preparation and zeal is required to make such trips a success. Although not every aspect can be planned and anticipated, still a thorough preparation can guard you against many seen and unforeseen obstacles.
Apart from charting out your route accurately, there are many other domains that need to be taken care of.
Check out these points that should be kept in mind before planning a motorcycle trip around the world:
Choose the right bike
Whichever bike you own or plan to buy, you'll need to accessorize it with a couple of things to guarantee a secure journey. Having a bike that's affordable, easy to ride and work on will also ensure a smoother trip. Opt for a bike that has dual-sport tires, lots of ground clearance and a decent suspension system. All these qualities would allow you to follow the dirt road whenever required.
Having an expensive bike that can only be repaired at authorized centers and whose parts are not easily available is pointless.
For instance, if your motorcycle is an Australian make, you would get your motorcycle accessories easily in Australia, but you won't find them at other places so conveniently. Therefore having a modest and well-equipped bike is better than having an expensive and fancy one.
Accessorize your bike
Once you have finalized your bike, you would need to accessorize it to keep it safe before starting your extended journey. After all your whole riding experience will depend on how well your bike is furnished. Different types of accessories are available these days fulfilling the needs of different bike models.
Good quality crash protection gears such as frame sliders, bar end, swingarm spools etc are essential in safeguarding your bike in even minor crashes. If your route involves off-road biking good quality skid plates such as B&B bash plates are a necessity.
Carry the rare spare parts and useful tools
Apart from bike accessories that we mentioned above, it's a good idea to carry spare parts for your bike that you think is rare and won't be available easily at all places.
Tools such as a tire iron, a patch kit, proper grips and wrenches all are must-haves for long road trips. The market is flooded with various motorcycle adventure products, so invest in accessories and tools that are useful and at the same time occupy less space and are easy to carry.
Carry tire pressure gauges
The motorbiking experts recommend carrying tire pressure gauges on long road trips. They are small so they don't occupy much space and can easily be carried. According to the experts maintaining proper tire pressure on different terrains makes it easier to ride the bike by providing more traction when required, it also saves money on the gas.
When traveling long distance - travel light. You would want to carry more and more stuff but keep in mind, in actuality, you don't need so much luggage. You surely don't need those extra pairs of clothes. The best thing to do is narrow down the stuff that you want to pack to half.
A motorbike usually has two side cases - approx 30 liters capacity and a top case of around the same capacity. You need to adjust all your stuff in this space, so don't overpack. Hard suitcases are a strict no-no, instead, go for soft luggage or dry bags.
Travel during daytime only
Traveling in most countries during the night is not safe, so it's always better to stick to traveling during the daytime only. Moreover, if anything goes wrong you’ll have more time and means to rectify the situation if you are riding in the daytime.
Plan according to weather but be ready for surprises
Although all-weather suits are available in the market, however, they are not as comfortable in scorching heat or when it's pouring. Hence, you would need suitable outfits for different weathers that you are expecting along the way. An out-and-out weather research is recommended so that you are well prepared for all the weather conditions.
Nevertheless, no matter how well you are prepared there’s always a margin for a surprise. It might rain unexpectedly somewhere - where it was supposed to be sunny. So accepting the unexpected will make it a lot easier for you to deal with the circumstance.
Ultimately, don't be in a rush to reach your destination. Take sufficient breaks, breath in fresh air, meet new people, make new friends and taste the local delicacies. After all, it's not about the destination, it's about the journey.
Hence, make it memorable!!
Jessica is a traveler by heart. She loves to pen down her thoughts related to her travel experiences and her knowledge of the recent technologies. She loves to meet new people during her trips and is a regular contributor to https://www.frontrunneroutfitters.com.