Nothing compares to hitting the open road on a motorcycle. However, you can’t just hop on a bike and expect things to go well. There are many things you have to do to prepare for your next trip, no matter what the distance.
It’s definitely important to make sure you have the proper training and licensure, and you should also make sure you’re wearing the right gear. For example, a jacket made of leather can absorb friction, which can literally save your skin if you’re in an accident.
That’s not all. There are also things that even experienced bikers forget, but they can come in handy when you’re on the road.
Most bikers remember their biking gear, which hopefully includes a leather jacket, pants, and boots, but it isn’t uncommon for riders to leave the house in the morning without preparing for what the rest of the day might bring.
Riding in the rain can be a real pain if you aren’t prepared, but if you are, it can actually be a lot of fun! A full rain suit isn’t a bad idea if it’s expected to rain all day, or if a heavy thunderstorm is on its way, but a light rain jacket can be effective in lighter storms.
Don’t forget to pack waterproof pants! Jackets are often remembered, but pants are not. However, pants are the most uncomfortable and most difficult to dry when they get wet.
Many bikers enjoy revving their motors and listening to the hum of their motorcycle on the road. Unfortunately, this can be disastrous for your hearing. Wearing ear plugs is the best way to protect your ears.
Have a quiet ride and think ear plugs aren’t a big deal? Think again. It’s not just the sound of the bike that can affect your hearing. The wind can cause problems too. Hearing loss is common in riders due to the excessive noise that is created by turbulent airflow around the helmet, which is sometimes referred to as wind-noise.
Bring your earplugs every time you get on your bike, but make sure you have the right kind. Special earplugs are made for helmets that make them much more comfortable to wear.
Wet wipes are one of those things that no one thinks about, but everyone wishes they had at some point when they’re on the road. Do yourself a favor and bring along a small pack every time you hop on your bike.
Wet wipes can come in handy in a variety of situations. Just a few include:
- Wiping off your helmet
- Cleaning off your goggles
- Wiping away grime buildup that is common on rainy days
- Spot cleaning your bike while you’re on the road
Staying comfortable on long drives is hard, but as hard as it is for those riding in a car or truck, it’s even harder for those riding a motorcycle. When you’re in a car, you can adjust your body a little bit, but there isn’t much you can do while you’re riding a bike aside from pulling over and stretch your legs.
That is if you don’t have a more comfortable cushion for your bike.
You can completely replace your seat with a new one, but you don’t have to dish out the big bucks for a special seat. You can find cushions that can easily be placed on your bike that will make long rides much more comfortable.
Chances are, you have a motorcycle cover at home, and you probably use it often, but have you ever thought about bringing your cover with you?
Motorcycle theft isn’t uncommon. There are things you can do to keep your bike safe, like locking your bike, but surprisingly, using a bike cover can help.
Would-be thieves don’t know what kind of bike is under the cover, and they are unlikely to take a peek underneath, as it takes time and looks very fishy.
It can also prevent other people from sitting on it and taking a picture when you aren’t looking, which is something that happens more often than you think!
There are a lot of things you need to do to make sure the time you spend on your bike is safe. Some of those things are easily forgotten, even among experienced bikers! With this list, you can ensure you’re ready for whatever the road throws your way.