How to plan your long-distance motorbike ride?
This question arises in every biker’s mind whoever is planning to ride for days and roam like a free bird. I’ve traveled around 70,000 To 80,000 KM and trust me, it requires a lot of preparation. So I’ve created an important list that will help you decide how you can plan a long-distance motorbike ride.
- Safe riding should be on top of your mind because Indian roads are fatal. A good quality helmet, gloves, knee and elbow guards, and high ankle boots will let you ride with confidence. You can buy all this gear easily from major e-shopping sites like Amazon, Snapdeal, or Flipkart at a reasonable price.
- If you really want to enjoy your trip without any hassle, make sure your bike is in good health. Do ask your mechanic to check the battery, oil, tyres, brakes, chainset, and do not let even a minor problem persist. You should also have some functional knowledge of your bike in case there is a breakdown on the way. Once your motorbike is well serviced, you are clear to take on the adventure of a long ride.
- One of the most important things is a Toolkit that helps you fix minor problems you may face on the road. Make sure you carry a puncture kit and a compact air pump. It’s good if you also carry some spares (accelerator cable, clutch cable, chain link, air filter, spark plug, etc) because availability and genuineness of spares is always an issue.
- Keeping a first aid kit is a vital requirement. Riders are susceptible to backache, shoulder pain, and headache on long rides. Carry a basic first-aid kit which should include pain killers, pain relief sprays, and bandages. It could also be useful for fellow bikers during the ride.
- You should also take extreme care of your personal belongings on the road. Gadgets like your camera, mobile phone are very prone to damages on a journey; they must be protected from rain and dust at all times. Buy a water-resistant nylon bag and a rain cover to keep your stuff dry and safe.
- It’s always important to have a rain suit in your kit even when the weather is expected to be sunny. Weather is always uncertain, especially in the mountains. To stay comfortable on a long-distance motorbike ride, make sure your rain suit is of good quality; you never know how long it would rain and you would not want to get drenched on your journey.
- It is always recommended to use bungee cords to tie your bag onto the bike on your long-distance motorbike ride because many times the bag comes loose and requires to be tied down again. Bungee cords help you save time and energy in this tedious job. Keep extra cords and be careful while unhooking from your motorbike.
- Long-distance riding requires raw energy. To keep the energy levels up you can depend upon chocolates, energy bars, energy drinks, and juices. Frequent stops to satisfy our hunger pangs waste a lot of time; so keep such eatables handy to stay active and energetic.
- Download offline maps now; you would not want to get stuck where you are unable to track your route due to network issues. We often seek guidance from the local strangers we meet on our journey, but sometimes we find ourselves alone on a crucial turn. Offline Maps can come to the rescue at that point.
- Swiss army knife, my all-time favorite. It includes a spate of tools like knife, screwdriver, opener, scissor, wire cutter, etc. It can also be used for self-defense, god forbid if such a situation arises.
- I’ve shared most of the long-distance motorcycle riding tips that I’ve faced while traveling. I hope these bike ride tips for beginners will help you to plan your ride. So gear up and make it a journey of a lifetime.
So explore the unexplored and Happy Traveling!!