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Planning an Epic Motorcycle Road Trip? Don’t Neglect the Essentials

By Andre Butturi Montoya

You love the open road and you know the best way to explore it is by taking to that road with your trusted motorcycle. When traveling on an epic road trip, you definitely want to make sure you keep a few things in mind. Of course, being spontaneous is key to a good time, but being prepared and safe makes spontaneity much more enjoyable. Make your motorcycle road trip one you remember for all the right reasons.

Stay Alert

It’s important to be alert and aware of your surroundings so you can stay safe and avoid the common causes of motorcycle accidents. Be sure to watch out for pedestrians and motorists who might not see you. You have heard the age-old expression that the best defense is a good offense, but when it comes to your epic road trip, you want to be as proactive in protecting yourself as possible. Only ride when you are well-rested and as alert as possible.

Dress Appropriately

Sometimes, you dress for fashion, while at other times, you dress for comfort. When it comes to your road trip, dressing for the occasion is crucial. Wearing protective clothing that is both durable and increases your visibility on the road is a great way to ensure you are safe and protected so that you can truly enjoy every moment of your road trip. Also, be sure to pack lightly but with enough options to ensure you will stay as warm or as cool as necessary. Layers are always a great way to go. Make sure you pull over and adjust accordingly so you stay comfortable as you ride.

Stay Hydrated

Staying hydrated is always important, but it is an absolute necessity while on a motorcycle road trip. Hydration is easy on a motorcycle. You can wear hydration packs on your body that allow you to access water in a hands-free manner. You can also consider a hydration helmet. Attachments to your motorcycle also allow easy access to water if you are traveling at lower speeds. The possibilities are virtually endless when it comes to preventing dehydration on the road.

Maintain Awareness of the Weather

There is nothing like an unexpected cold front, wintery mix, or rainstorm to throw your much-anticipated road trip off course. Having an awareness of the expected weather can help you stay safe on the road (and off the road, when necessary). Checking a weather app prior to embarking on your journey and periodically at times when it is safe to do so, such as when you are fueling at a gas station, can help you to remain prepared and safe so that you can enjoy your time on the road. Remember to take a break every two hours to stay alert and take the opportunity to be aware of the weather.

In order to truly be able to live freely and enjoy the splendor of the open road, you want to be smart and safe when planning your road trip and putting it into action. Before you grab your motorcycle and burn some rubber, be sure to have preparations in place to ensure your safety. In turn, you will actually be able to enjoy your time on the road to the fullest.

Here’s another article you might like: How to Get Started As a Motorcycle Racer

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