There's nothing quite like the feeling of riding your bike through different landscapes and exploring amazing new destinations. Gone are the days when a road trip meant packing your friends and family into a car. Today, people want to enjoy solo rides to the Himalayas, or along the coast to Goa. If you’re aching to get your bike out onto the open road while the weather’s still pleasant, here’s a quick look at how you can prepare for the journey.
1. Start with Fixing and Replacing Parts
Before you set off on your amazing adventure, you need to make sure that your bike is functioning at its best. Give your bike a thorough servicing. If any parts are starting to show signs that they could cause trouble, replace them immediately. Even if you think your tyres have a few hundred kilometres in them before they’re completely bald, it’s a good idea to get new ones before you head off. Remember, when you’re riding through secluded areas the last thing you want is a bike that refuses to start or has a bad tyre. If your journey is going to take more than a day, make sure you check your tyres, controls, lights, oil, chassis, and stand before you start your bike every morning.
2. Be Smart About Packing
Before you even start thinking about what you need to take with you, you need to understand where you will carry your belongings. You can opt for a tank bag, saddlebags or a tail bag if you’re riding solo. You may need just one type of storage option or a combination of two, depending on how long you plan to ride for. Once you’ve got your storage all sorted, it’s time to pack. Too much luggage will affect the way your motorcycle works, so try to pack light. Whatever you decide to pack, don’t forget to keep some drinking water, a few extra layers of clothing, and a small tool kit handy – they're absolute lifesavers on the road.
3. Plan Your Route Carefully
Irrespective of whether you’re riding for a few hours or a few days, it's crucial that you get your route absolutely spot on. Plan breaks at petrol pumps and small towns so you know you’ll be able to fuel up and stretch your legs as required. Make sure you take breaks off the highway as well, so you have easy access to garages where you can even get your bike serviced on long journeys. If you’re travelling alone, it’s always best to give your friends a copy of your route and your itinerary, so they’ll be able to find you if anything were to go wrong.
4. Get the Right Gear
Just before you hit the road, you need to make sure that you have all the right gear. A good backrest, comfortable gel seats and heated or padded grips will go a long way in making this journey truly wonderful.
Now that you and your bike are completely ready, all that’s left to do is ride off into the sunset.