For most people, the thought of a trip also means packing large suitcases containing clothes and objects just in case. However, there are not only classic journeys by train, by car or by plane. Some, in fact, prefer to leave aboard a crackling two-wheeler, which could involve staying on the street for a few weeks, moving from place to place, spending each night in a different place. In this case, the organization must be precise and must take many factors into account. Everything you will need during the trip you will keep with you always, securely tied to your bike. The secret? Prepare in advance and do not overdo the weight of the luggage, lightness is a must!
- Choice of destination: how to plan motorbike itineraries
- The perfect touring bike
- Clothing, Tools, Accessories: Here's What to Bring!
- Traveling alone or in company?
- 10 Tips for your first Road Trip
- User questions and comments
Choice of destination: how to plan motorbike itineraries
Before you start packing, it's important to decide what will be the destination of the trip. It is necessary to organize your itinerary taking into account some factors:
- the range of your vehicle
- the availability of your own equipment
- experience with similar trips
By searching the net you will find hundreds of itineraries of the most disparate lengths, from which you can take inspiration to organize yours. Every destination is certainly exciting, but don't make the mistake of being filled with enthusiasm and underestimating the scope of the journey. In fact, not everyone has the time and budget to undertake any type of trip. Starting from Italy, for example, it is possible to think to a European destination or an African, from a country overlooking the Mediterranean. In this case you will also have to count the expenses and time for travel that does not involve your two wheels, such as the ferry.
Choosing a European destination, therefore, is the simplest solution both from an organizational point of view and in the case of breakdowns and malfunctions of the vehicle. In fact, it will not be necessary to occupy space in the luggage for spare parts and mechanical accessories, as our continent is quite attentive to the needs of travelers, even motorcyclists.
The perfect touring bike
The fact that there is a category of vehicles called "touring motorcycles" does not mean that other types of motorcycles are not ideal for covering long distances. A touring motorcycles it has several properties that make it able to easily withstand long journeys, even if weighed down by passengers and luggage, while also offering discreet comfort. So whatever your two wheels, with adequate preparation you will be ready to face even long journeys! Prepare the bike it is a fundamental move that will allow you to minimize the risk of encountering mechanical problems. Bring your vehicle at your trusted workshop to have a complete and thorough service performed. Make sure the mechanic checks tires, brakes, oil and coolant levels, and for leaks. To check too the state of wear of the tires and their pressure, as well as the lubrication of the chain, the direction indicators and the stops, the fuel level and, after arranging the luggage, the hooks of the frames and luggage racks. Don't forget the lighting system! Arranging the luggage in the best way is then the second step. Always keep in mind that, whatever the weight of the suitcase, it must be concentrated as close to the center of gravity as possible, i.e. at the central area of the bike, just above the tank. Positioning the weight of the luggage in this way will allow the bike to have and maintain stability and to be maneuverable at best.
After the first kilometers traveled, make a first stop and check the stability of each bag, it will help you to better arrange everything. Being quite picky, in this case, will prove very useful!
Clothing, Tools, Accessories: Here's What to Bring!
It is essential to understand that this is the case with bring only what is strictly necessary, both in terms of clothing and accessories. What do you really need?
- At least two sweatshirts and a jacket, the weather can always get cold
- Jeans and jacket for when traveling, they protect from the wind but also from insects, soil and pebbles and from abrasions in case of a fall
- Sports shoes with rubber soles
- Helmet, preferably integral, which provides protection and insulation
- Motorcycle raincoat, waterproof suit, or a waterproof jacket
- Equipped with standard on-board tools with the addition of some useful tools to carry out small repairs
- Spare parts such as, for example, light bulbs, fuses, some cables and cables but also a kit to repair possible punctures
- Duct tape
- Earplugs, if the engine noise bothers you or if you have hearing problems
Traveling alone or in company?
It is often said that shared experiences become even more beautiful and unforgettable, but is this really the case? Even in the case of motorbike trips, have one or more companions it can allow you to enrich your experience, but there is also the downside. You may overestimate your peers, who may be slower or faster than your pace, with habits and needs different from yours. The result? Misunderstandings, discontent and finally inevitable quarrels. For this, the advice is to choose your motorcycle mates well, maybe invite with you people you know well and with whom you have already shared similar experiences. If, on the other hand, your adventurous spirit does not stop you at nothing, you can look for other enthusiasts of two wheels and travel like you. You can, for example, subscribe to Il Forum dei Moto Travelers, one of the many present online that allows you to find other enthusiasts and to organize more or less long trips together.
10 Tips for your first Road Trip
The road is longer than you think! When planning your trip, six or seven hours in the saddle may not seem like a lot, but it is, especially if you're not used to it. The advice is to do not overdo the planning of the daily travel hours, but also to try to get used as much as possible to spend a lot of time in the saddle, before departure.
The windshield is very useful. Little used in the city, the windshield turns out to be a very useful tool. Many think that this accessory can spoil the appearance of the vehicle, but seeing is believing! Feeling the wind on you is one of the most exciting parts of the bike, but riding for hours with this feeling can be very tiring.
Drive in the right position. In order not to risk arriving at your destination completely blocked or with a series of pains in different parts of the body, spend some time to find your ideal driving position. Using a back protector may be for you.
Weather and climate change all the time. Even if you travel in a period of the year where the climate is warm and bad weather is not frequent, it can happen that the temperature drops dramatically and you are caught off guard by a violent rain. So make sure to be prepared for climate change and to be able to protect yourself from the elements, to avoid arriving at your destination wet and shaking or very sweaty and hot.
Earplugs are great. Driving through the highways for hours can be quite a noisy experience! For this we advise you to equip yourself with suitable earplugs, there are different types and you can certainly find the ones that suit you best in terms of cost and comfort.
Technology can help you. While traveling alone on a motorcycle can be a pleasure to rediscover your thoughts, using a little help for long distances is highly recommended. Thanks to technology you can use, for example, a helmet with Bluetooth connection and listen to music, receive and make phone calls, follow GPS directions or communicate with your travel companions.
Rest is needed much more than you think. Carried out frequent stops and take a break whenever you feel the need. Don't overestimate your stamina! Fatigue is one of the most dangerous risks for a motorcyclist, as it decreases your concentration and your ability to react to the unexpected.
- Seal your dirty laundry and keep it separate from other clothes.
- Hydrate yourself frequently, if you don't want to stop every time you are thirsty, equip yourself with a special water bag to carry on your shoulders.
- Perform a mechanical check of your motorcycle every morning, before leaving.