10 Tips to plan long motorcycle trip. (Must Watch)
1. Free time.
It is obvious that without free time you cannot go anywhere, why I even say that? Because guys the free time you have will tell you where you can go. For example, if you live in West Europe and have only two weeks holiday it will be impossible to ride to Mongolia and back. You can, but you have to ship the bike. If you plan to ride it – no! It will be about 15,000km al together. When you divide it to 14 days it’s more than a 1,000 per day.
2. The right destination.
Where you really want to go? What is the part of the world you want to see? Do not imitate, you are unique person, make your unique trip. Good for one it doesn’t mean that it will be good for you as well! Everybody is different!
3. Do not book in advance.
Well again, it’s really depends from the trip. For example in some destinations like Genua or some other busy sea ports in Europe you really need to book your ferry in advance, but in most of the cases it is not going to be necessary and could be useless, because with motorcycle you never know when and where you will finish the day.
4. Paper map – make the route on the map.
Again about the paper map – I really love them, don’t you think? When I plan my trips I always make the route on the map. There are 3 very good reasons to do it:
- First is to see where I have to ride and to try to remember it in the case I lose it.
- The second is to be able to calculate the km and hours per day.
- Third is to see what is around and what else I can visit until I am there. All of this information will help you to make some changes and plan your route more efficient.
It is really depends from your personal preferences. You can make it very cheap or travel like Arabian sheikh.
6. Plan days off.
This is so important! Plan at least one day off per week, otherwise you will be so exhausted and you cannot really enjoy the trip. In some nice and interesting cities one day is not going to be enough. For example in Samarkand, Uzbekistan was so interesting, there were so many things to see that we stayed two days. Do not forget to include that in your overall mileage calculation.
7. Pack the right gear.
Again make the research before the trip. Do not take the things you might or never use. For example you are not going to need your warm under layers or many clothes in Africa, because it will be hot, but definitely will when you ride into the north. Rain gear is not necessary in the desert, but it is very important in Ireland for example. The same with everything, jacket, pants, tent and many more. All of this will help you to reduce the weight and as you already know the weight is always matter.
8. Chose a proper bike.
For long highway trips a big, powerful and heavy bike is going to be great, but on bad or dirt roads it will be a big challenge. We all know that, but when the trip is mixed, highways and dirt roads, what to do? I will suggest or at least this is what I will do is to prepare the bike for the hardest part of the trip. For example if you have 10,000km trip, but only 1,000km are dirt roads, choose and prepare the bike and the luggage for this 1,000km. It will be ok to ride 9,000km with light bike, but it could be very hard to have 1,000 dirt roads with heavy bike
9. Back up options.
Always be ready with some back up options. Even if you never need it, it will give you some piece of mind and help you to feel much better. This is how our brains work- no exceptions!
10. Sort you things at home.
Family, relations, kids, friends, job. Dot it before you go. Do not even think that you can handle it from a distance! It will be very difficult and almost impossible and definitely will ruin your trip.
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