4 Tips for riding solo
- on November 26, 2019
Motorcycle Riding in groups brings fun but riding solo brings reflection. It is the time to reconnect with self and take a break from the daily hustle. If that’s what’s ruling your mind too then these points will definitely help.
Map Your Trip
Once you have nailed down the destination, the next and first thing you should consider is to study the route on Google Map. How far away is the destination you are travelling, and
are there some decent stopping points along the way? Are there any major cities/routes to be avoided, or any interesting destinations along the route that shouldn’t be missed? It is suggested to find some references and reviews of experienced riders on Google and see what kind of challenges and opportunities the journey might present. This is true especially if your ride is a fly-and-ride. If you’re not familiar with the area, sometimes winging it can get you caught up in a commuter traffic nightmare.
Get some suggestions from other riders to understand what to avoid. Riders regularly pop up in the online community groups, to ask about routes, sights and not-to-be-missed roads. Locals are generally more than happy to share their “secret roads” and help people avoid any problems that might arise.
Paper maps; while some folks find them horribly useless, just can’t be beaten when you’re looking to cover long distances. You may find yourself needing a good level of detail paired with a good sense of context about where you are and where you’ll be heading to. Even if you run a GPS and have created routes on it for entire trip, you will never regret having paper maps along for reference.
Timing the journey
Timing your trip is crucial. Make sure you’re setting reasonable expectations for the KMs you’ll cover every day. Totally distinct from the shorter trips you might have done, longer trips need you to predict where you’ll want to stop for the night. Jot down some reasonably good places to spend the night. If you’ll need to ride after dark, consider carrying clear Helmet visor along.
Smart packing is inevitable
Regardless of what others say, packing is the key. Check the weather forecast to make sure you’re carrying appropriate clothing and riding gear, but just not overload your motorcycle luggage with stuff. Travel light! Always pack Waterproof Liners, no matter what the forecast says. Apart from preventing you from getting wet, a rain riding gear always helps to block cold wind too! bike with appropriate motorcycle luggage will make packing much easier. Remember to keep all the “stuff” on your motorcycle as low and as forward as possible. A towering pile of stuff behind and above rear axle of your motorcycle will make the handling very poor!
Be adventure ready
Even if you’re the kind of rider who doesn’t believe in planning, and just wants to hop on the motorcycle and ride, you will probably want to carry some stuff along, like a set of motorcycle tools that will handle any problems that might come up. A tyre puncture kit or a spare tyre tube, depending on your motorcycle, will never be out of place. A first aid kit, zip-ties, duct tape, a rag, and some cotter pins will get you out of a whole lot of scrapes. Consider printing out a list of dealers or independent motorcycle mechanics along your route, especially if yours is an old motorcycle.
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