Are you are planning a cross-country road trip by motorcycle for the very first time? If so, you'll want to be prepared for the long journey ahead. While you may have your itinerary and routes mapped out ahead of time, there are other factors to consider.
Besides motorcycle maintenance and an oil change, you will want to make sure the tires can withstand several thousand miles of travel. Additionally, there are several guidelines to follow to ensure a safe and pleasant trip as you travel to your destination. Keep the following "do's and don'ts" in mind before you hit the road:
1. DO consider protecting your ears: Over the course of several days, you may encounter heavy winds or chilly air, both of which may cause earaches if you aren't protected. Also, the rumbling noise from your motorcycle engine may cause hearing damage without the use of earplugs. Choose something especially designed for motor sports, so it will reduce wind and road noise considerably. Comfort is important as well, so be sure they are foam padded.
2. DON'T eat a heavy meal before hitting the road: Eating a heavy meal may lead to drowsiness or lack of awareness, making you more prone to having an accident. If carbohydrates tend to make you sleepy, eat a salad instead of pasta or potatoes. Also, it is best to eat lighter meals when traveling and save the larger meal for when your daily riding is finished. For snacking, pack some trail mix, beef jerky or dehydrated fruit, rather than "mushy" snacks that will spoil or cause a mess.
3. DO Stay Hydrated During Your Motorcycle trip: As you ride your cycle, the constant rush of air, along with exposure to the heat and sun, may make you lose fluids quickly. If you aren't well hydrated, you may experience fatigue or you may become less alert. For your cross-country road trip, a hydration pack may become your best friend. Think of this as a sack that is used similarly as a backpack.
Inside the pack is a "bladder" that will hold several liters of water. The backpack should also have some type of tube that will become a "straw", allowing you to sip the water as you need. This makes it more convenient than having to remove a water bottle while riding. In addition, your hydration pack will probably include extra zippered compartments for storage.
4. DON'T forget the necessary accessories that will help make your trip safe and successful: Beside the obvious such as your smartphone, consider a Global Positioning System (GPS) for navigation, a satellite radio for weather, news and entertainment, a flashlight and a first aid kit for any mishaps along the way. A tool kit should be packed as well. Equally important, don't forget to keep your radio and cell phone charged during your travel.
5. DO consider purchasing a motorcycle seat cushion: Your cross-country ride will place added stress on pressure points. To avoid strain and discomfort and help reduce pressure, try a gel or memory foam padded cushion. Backing should be non-skid. Be sure it will fit your motorcycle style.
6. DON'T forget to keep an eye out for wildlife long the road: Deer or elk darting onto the road may be a serious threat to a motorcyclist. To avoid an accident, look for antlers protruding from grassy areas or sudden movement as you drive.
7. DO bring along cash: While it's common for most modern travelers to bring credit cards along for trip, keep one thing in mind: Motorcyclists often encounter small town shops or gas stations that do not accept credit. Before you leave for your journey, be sure you have adequate cash in reserve.
For more information, contact a company like Carl's Cycle Sales.