Most of us dream of riding across the country and exploring a new place. Many go back to the same location to relive their previous experience and may be better their riding skills.
Many break downs and bad calls later I am finally living out of a motorcycle. I started small and after many short distance or weekend rides, I gained confidence. Understanding of motorcycles, the route and a bit of people skills have come a long way. It’s been 10 plus years and every road trip is as exciting as the very first one
It exciting to see someone just load up the bike and ride out into sunrise, but if he isn’t prepared well, the ride will turn into agony in no time. Thankfully new age motorcycles have ensured lesser breakdowns and eliminated that bulk of spares we had to carry earlier.
I am breaking down the preparation in to five major parts,
My travelling toolkit
Keeping this in mind figure out if a saddle bag or duffle bag works for you. I prefer duffle bags for unto a 4 day ride and for anything longer, I shift to a saddle bag. Even if the luggage is the same, the fatigue might not help you get on a bike with a duffle bag. I prefer waterproof luggage as weather conditions vary across the country. If you do stall your bike in the middle of a water crossing in the mountains waterproof luggage is your saviour. As of today most of luggage options are rentable, this means you could try them out on short rides and then decide.
I also use a small tank bag to carry my essentials like a gopro, batteries, cables, wallet etc. and is usually a 18 litre or lesser in capacity.
About the Author
Sarath Shenoy – Bringing alive the love of motorcycles, one motorcycle at a time. I live out of a motorcycle and go wherever the mind belongs, only stop for good chai and friends.