As any biker could tell you, there’s nothing better than taking a multiday motorcycle trip with your best friends. Even though you’re enjoying the open road, you must prioritize safety above all else. Keep reading to learn a few of our best tips for long motorcycle trip safety.
In addition to helping you stay safe, performing an in-depth inspection before you leave can prevent mid-trip breakdowns. Check your oil levels, and consider getting the oil and oil filter changed before you head out. You should also test the battery and get a new one if yours is old. Also, check the brake pads, and replace the brake fluid if it’s over two years old.
Perform routine inspections
Another tip for motorcycle safety is to perform a visual inspection each time you stop to rest or fuel up. Inspect the tires for any signs of wear or punctures. Take a second to look for any signs of fluid leakage, as any leaks can be a safety hazard or lead to a breakdown.
Plan your route ahead of time
Motorcycle trips are all about adventure, but exploring unknown roads can be a bit dangerous. Some roads can go from solid pavement to rocky gravel in an instant, and you don’t want to run into that situation. Trust us—having a plan won’t make your trip any less fun.
Utilize wireless maps
Knowing your route certainly helps with motorcycle safety. But to be sure you know where you’re going at all times, attach a GPS device or your phone to your handlebars. We also recommend buying a helmet equipped with Bluetooth that’ll read out directions as you ride, so that you don’t have to look down.
Pack for changing weather
Even if you’re driving through the desert in the summer, you need to prepare for changing weather. Remember, the desert gets cold at night, so at least pack a heavier jacket to stay warm once the sun starts to dip.
We recommend wearing vented jackets, gloves and pants that’ll keep you cool during the day and warm at night. Additionally, pack a waterproof shell and pants just in case you run into a pop-up rainstorm.
Buy a backrest
It’s tough to stay comfortable on a motorcycle for extended periods—and when you get uncomfortable, you may lose your focus and jeopardize your safety. Changing your current seat for one with a backrest can keep you more comfortable during your ride and help you pay attention to your surroundings.
Bring a specialized toolkit
Let’s hope you don’t have to make any repairs or adjustments during your trip, but you’ll still want to pack a toolkit just in case. Among others, tools to carry include a locking plier, a crescent wrench and a tire repair kit. Having these on hand can avoid the need to call a tow service if you do have a breakdown.
Reserve your bike from Escape Eagles today
Summer is the best time to rent a motorcycle and enjoy the open road. Contact us today to check out our bikes or to learn more about long motorcycle trip safety.