Enjoying a pleasant journey in the summer sun, traveling through fun roads and discovering enchanting landscapes is one of the greatest pleasures for a motorcycle lover. However, it can also become a bad experience, if you do not take into account a series of tips prior to leaving en route.
Probably the most experienced motorcycle travelers no longer need them, but summer is also the favorite time of year to make their debut in traveling on two wheels and it is to them, to the beginners, that these tips are directed …
Is any motorcycle suitable for traveling?
Although the large GT or maxitrail machines are the most comfortable and powerful to travel since they have been specifically designed for it, in reality you can travel with any type of motorcycle and displacement as long as its limitations are kept in mind. For example, if it is a sports car, we must take into account that the driving position is more punishing and if it is a small-displacement motorcycle, shorter stages will have to be planned, but mechanically, nowadays, any motorcycle on the market subject to a good Maintenance can perfectly withstand a medium and long-distance travel. The patience of the driver will mark the limit.
Can you travel by scooter?
Traveling with any of the current large maxi-scooters is not only possible but also very pleasant since they are comfortable, powerful, dynamically very efficient and well equipped, but it should be borne in mind that these types of vehicles use automatic centrifugal clutches for long distances on the road. these suffer more and wear out much faster than conventional ones. You have to pay special attention to the maintenance of the clutch and even plan if it is possible to have it checked by a professional somewhere on the route.
Long or short stages?
One of the main mistakes that many beginners make, motivated by the illusion of the first trip and the “desire to ride a motorcycle”, is planning true “marathon” stages worthy of an endurance test. The result is that after a few days exhaustion takes its toll and what had to be a pleasant trip becomes a torture that leads to many “rookiesNot wanting to repeat. It is not just a question of comfort. So is security; When you drive tired, your reflexes and the ability to concentrate are reduced and the risk of being distracted and reckless increases. No stage should under any circumstances involve more than 5 or 6 hours at the handlebars – even less if the route is especially punishing – and always stopping every couple of hours to stretch your legs and clear your mind.
Do you really have to wear warm clothes in summer?
Although the temptation to roll lightly clothed and even tan in the sun is understandable in summer, in motorcycle terms it is simply an aberration. Always, always, always wear technical clothing; Cordura pants, boots and jackets. At present there are countless models with very effective aeration for use in summer as they redirect the air flow itself towards the driver’s body and barely produce heat. In any specialized business they will be happy to advise on this. On the other hand, and beyond mere safety, on the road conditions are changeable and you must always be prepared for a sudden rain or a drastic change in temperature.
Integrated or removable suitcases?
Well, it does not matter … As long as the luggage is neat and well secured. Poorly distributed luggage that falls is one of the main causes of road accidents. In fact, even if they do not cause an accident, they can become one of the biggest annoyances. No backpacks tied with octopuses or bothersome stuff like that; today you can find very inexpensive motorcycle systems. The traditional formula is usually to load clothing and personal items in suitcases for use at the destination and in the top-case -the box at the back- or in a tank bag what may be needed during the trip; documentation, camera, supplies, telephone, etc …
GPS guide or “adventure”?
Filming “adventure” is very good and it is a lot of fun as long as “adventure” takes us somewhere we like. When “adventure” becomes lost in the middle of nowhere and at nightfall it is less attractive. GPS is a wonderful tool that greatly facilitates things and allows, for example and without going any further, to plan refueling and avoid running out of gas. Thus, it is already essential for the motorcycle traveler of the XXI century, either as a specific gadget for a motorcycle or through any mobile application, but that does not mean that you have to drive with earmuffs and we cannot deviate from the planned route to know that small town that you can see in the background and that has caught our attention.
In company or alone?
Obviously we are not referring to traveling with your partner but to doing it in a group, accompanied by other motorcycle travelers. It is difficult to answer this question in a blunt way because there are those who prefer to live a motorcycle trip as a personal experience and those who, on the contrary, live it as another form of socialization. Obviously traveling in a group makes the trip safer since there will always be a partner to help in case of a fall or breakdown and also the rest at destination more pleasant. Now, in addition, the new intercoms allow all drivers to converse and maintain permanent contact while traveling.
Shooting in a group, yes, requires a series of conditions; The most important is that the pace of the march must be adapted to make the whole group feel comfortable and above all, never leave anyone behind.
Do you really have to bring a spare?
Years ago the answer to this question would have been a resounding yes, but now, realistically, it is no longer necessary. Given the complexity of today’s motorcycles and the predominance of electronics, there is little a driver can do – no matter how handy – to get out of a mechanical predicament, beyond applying an anti-puncture tube. The best spare part is a good roadside assistance plan, good insurance that covers any eventuality and having the main mechanical services present during the journey marked on the GPS. What never ceases to be essential is a small first aid kit to heal small wounds, burns or bites and placed by hand to be able to use it at any time without having to disassemble half a suitcase. In pharmacies they usually sell very practical ready-made travel kits that contain practically everything you need.
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