Most of us have dreamed about going on a road trip at some point or another. What’s not to love about the idea? You get to travel and take in new cities, states, or even countries and cultures. But at the same time, you’re not confined to the location you started out at. You can weave a path through each place and travel at any time of the day or night without being confined to tour guide, airline, or rail service timetables. However, a common misconception that often comes hand in hand with road trips is that they have to be in a car. Now, there are plenty of benefits of travelling by car. You can take more luggage, and you can travel in groups of three, four, or even five. But if you’re going solo or with just one other person and you don’t care all too much about lugging a load of items around with you, opting for a motorcycle instead could prove to be a more liberating option. Here’s everything you need to know about planning a road trip by motorcycle!
Passing Your Test
Just because you can drive a car, doesn’t necessarily mean that you’re allowed to drive a motorcycle on the roads. The rules, of course, will vary depending on where you’re visiting. But generally speaking, you should get the right licence for the type of motorcycle that you intend to drive. The training that comes hand in hand with getting this qualification will also ensure that you are genuinely competent on the bike. You will learn how to handle and manoeuvre it, which is essential if you intend to ride it for long distances and on a whole range of terrains and road systems.
Knowing What to Do When Things Go Wrong
Incidents on motorcycles can feel a lot more intense than those experienced from inside a car. Why? Well, because you don’t have a shell around you. You’re directly exposed to the elements and everything that is going on around you. But this is why it’s especially important that you know what to do if things go wrong, as you don’t want to forget important steps when you’re hit by an adrenaline rush. First, you need to ensure that you and everyone else involved in an incident is okay. If there are immediate problems or health risks, you need to call the emergency services. If everyone feels okay, you need to collect each others’ insurance details. Once you’ve left the scene, you need to contact your insurer who will be able to start the process of repairing any damage to your bike. It’s always best to visit a doctor of sorts soon after, just to check your overall wellbeing.
Planning Your Route
Once you feel comfortable and competent enough to hit the roads, it’s time to start planning your trip. Unlike cars, motorcycles don’t tend to come with satellite navigation systems, so you need to learn the route by heart, or at least in large chunks so that you don’t lose your way!
So, when planning your next adventure, remember that road trips really aren’t confined to cars. You can go by bike too!
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