Tips For A Successful Long Distance Motorcycle Trip

Now that you've purchased a new motorcycle, it's time to start having adventures. A motorcycle is a great chariot for a long distance trip. There's just something about having the wind blow through your hair while cruising the open road on the back of a bike.

Whether you're traveling to the next state or you're planning a cross-country trip, if you are going to take a long trip on your new motorcycle, you're going to want to prepare before you head out. A long distance trip on a bike is a lot different than a long distance trip in a car.

Here are some tips to keep in mind that will ensure your long distance bike trip is a success.

Check Out Your Bike

Just because your motorcycle is new, that doesn't mean that you shouldn't check it out before you head out. Bring your bike to an experienced and reputable mechanic to make sure that the fluid levels, the brakes, the lights and all other mechanical components are checked. If there are any glitches, you'll be glad that they were found and fixed before you started your trek.

Get a Waterproof Suit

There's no telling what the weather will bring. If it starts raining while you're on your long distance bike trip, there aren't any windows to roll up to keep you dry. Get yourself a waterproof riding suit, and make sure it's comfortable and made of a breathable fabric. If rain clouds do roll in, you'll stay nice and dry under the suit, and the suit will dry out in no time.

Suit Up with a Luggage Rack

If you're thinking about carrying your stuff in a backpack, think again. By the time you cross your county line, you'll be kicking yourself for thinking that you'd be able to travel comfortably with a loaded pack on your back.

Install a luggage rack on the back of your bike. You'll be glad that you did. You can still bring along your pack, but you won't have to deal with the pinching and the pain that it will cause.

Pack Wisely

A long distance motorcycle trip will really test you to see how much you can do without. You can't exactly pack a ton of stuff. Make a list of things that you think you'll need to bring with you. After you make your list, go over it. Think about each item and ask yourself if you could do without it or if you really do need it. If you aren't sure about something, you don't need it. And remember, if you do end up leaving behind something that you do need, you can always pick it up while you're riding.

So, what are you waiting for? You have a new bike, you have helpful tips; go out and enjoy an awesome experience on a long distance motorcycle trip. (For information on new motorcycles, you can contact Blue Ridge Harley-Davidson)