Planning Your First Long Distance Motorcycle Trip

Motorcycle road trip tips

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Get Your Motor Runnin’

Truth be told, I’ve never been on the back of a motorcycle, but a two-wheel trip down Highway 1 is definitely on my bucket list. One day, I’d like to restore my dad’s vintage Triumph and drive an RV across the country with the bike in tow. Once I arrive on the West Coast, I plan on riding the bike along the coastline and spending a few nights camping out under the California sky. Sounds great, right?

As an amateur, however, there are a lot of things I need to know before I set out on this type of adventure. While doing some research, I came across a list of 10 essential tips for road trippers by Collin Woodard. Below, I’ve summarized some of his tips for all of you first-time riders. Enjoy!

  1. The road is longer that you think: Woodard says that if you are not used to riding for more than a few hours, don’t jump into a road trip. Take practice rides, he says, and get accustomed to being on the bike for longer periods of time.
  2. Windshields are great: Woodard says that while you may prefer the look of a bike without a windshield, feeling the wind in your face for two or three hours at 75 or 80 miles per hour can get exhausting. At five, six, or even seven hours, it’s worse. Woodard advises that first-time riders spring for a proper windshield to lessen fatigue.
  3. Get your position right: Woodard says that if you are going to take a stock motorcycle on a road trip, make sure you get your seat and riding position right. Consider purchasing an aftermarket seat and a back rest. Also, Woodard says you may want to grab some highway pegs and adjust the handlebars to a comfortable position.

For the rest of Woodard’s tips, click here to read his article in its entirety.

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