Tips to Plan a Motorcycle Roadtrip
Crossing America on a motorcycle is the dream of many a rider. There’s something romantic about traversing the USA on two wheels, perhaps because it’s fairly challenging due to the sheer stamina required to ride 4,000 miles. There’s a lot to consider when planning a coast to coast trip – do you use your bike, or rent one? How will you get back home when the ride’s done? What should you bring, and what should you leave at home? How long should you take, and what route?
The asphalt river that takes you across the paths of new and interesting people. A motorcycle road trip will take you down roads you never imagined. But before you hit the road, you should think about the pros and cons of such a trip and plan accordingly. Here are some tips for you, before you begin your journey.
Weather is always a concern — either out on the open road or at a campsite, should you chose this as your accommodation for the night. Wet or snowy conditions can be dangerous for motorcyclists. Not only are the roads slick, but you’re also considerably less visible to other drivers. If no lodging establishments are near you when you call it a night, camping in less-than-friendly conditions can also be a burden.
A motorcycle can carry some amenities, but it certainly can’t provide the comfort of a car road trip or a more conventional vacation. Be intentional about all movements as you ride in bad weather. If the storm is to pass soon, wait it out and enjoy your current city or town while the storm makes its way out of town.
Spontaneity is one of the most desirable aspects of any road trip, but a motorcycle tour takes it even further. The motorcycle community is close-knit and everyone looks out for each other while on the road, so you’ll never know who you might meet.
Across the country or just a weekend trip? Either way, you’re guaranteed great sights, smells, and experiences that will last in your memory for years. Get lost. Take a long way. Stop to take pictures.
Windshields: You might enjoy the look of your bike more when it’s windshield less, but after a couple of hours on the road at 75 or 80 miles per hour, your arms will burn if you don’t have a windshield, never mind an all-day drive. Sacrifice the look of your bike when you’re on a tour, it will save you some pain.
Driving Test: Though you know the rules of the road in your own state, you should brush up on traffic laws outside your state. For instance, some states don’t require motorcyclists to wear helmets and others do. Make sure you know the traffic laws in the states you go through. You don’t want traffic tickets as a major travel expense.
Earplugs: While you’ll probably spend much of your time on back roads and scenic routes, you’ll also spend at least some days on the freeway. The freeway is loud, and after a couple of hours, you’ll notice everything seems a little quiet, comparatively. This is a sign of ear trauma. Protect your ears on freeway days. Use earplugs.
Portable Radio: Portable weather radios are about $20. The first time it helps you avoid driving into a storm you’ll be hooked and wonder how you ever lived without one.
Visit Hotels with Motorcycle
When you are on road trips your Smart Phone is among one of your best friends. Most Smart Phones today come with GPS. This will help you with geo-locations. Before you hit the road make sure you research Travel applications that can help when out on the road. Most Travel Applications are free, some require a minimal charge.
Best Biking Roads
EatSleepRIDE MotorCycle GPS
Official H-D Ride Planner
When you travel by Motorcycle take time to blog and share your experience through Social Media. At the Hotel ask staff for tips.
Here is what I use when I am out riding to catch the beauty of this Country and get new inspirations.
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