Free spirits tend to throw caution to the wind and hope that everything will work out. However, when you are setting out on an adventure on the back of a motorcycle, you have to be prepared for anything. Those who have logged enough miles on the back of a bike know that anything can go wrong and know that common-sense preparation will go a long way in keeping you on the road when it does. Here are nine things that you should take with you on a motorcycle trip.
A Good Map
Even with today’s high tech mobile phones, nothing beats having a good map to look at the big picture and identify good roads to travel. Plus, when it comes to traveling those lonely country roads, cell service is never a guarantee, so having a good map can help you stay on the right path.
Getting lost is one of the quickest ways to kill a good trip, advises the experts at Bike Bandit. As much as a bringing a good map is essential, you can’t look at it when you are riding, and you can’t program a ride route. A great way to keep on track, or get back on track if you find yourself wandering, is to take a GPS unit with you on your trip.
Nothing quite beats the sound of the wind and your engine in your ear, but sometimes it can be nice to listen to your favorite tunes, hear GPS navigation commands, or talk with your fellow riders. Adding a Bluetooth headset to your helmet, according to the site RideApart, is both easy to do and relatively inexpensive.
If you are out riding alone in an area with spotty cell phone coverage, having an emergency communicator is essential if you get in a crash. These devices communicate with satellites to determine your exact location and can even send a message to family and friends if you find yourself in an emergency.
If you’ve had to use your emergency communicator while on the road, you may be in a situation where you’ll need to be taken to the nearest medical facility, and ultimately back home. Medical evacuation insurance can save you money if your current medical insurance doesn’t cover transportation costs.
Flat Tire Repair Kit
No matter the kind of tires you put on your bike, they are still vulnerable to punctures and cuts. Before you hit the road, make sure you have a kit for repairing flat tires. A good kit can get you back on the road in no time.
Portable Air Compressor
Once you’ve repaired your flat tire, you will need to re-inflate it. The best way to do this is with a dedicated air compressor that connects to your motorcycle’s battery. With a portable air compressor, you’ll be able to quickly add air to your tire and be on your way.
Another problem that may arise while on your trip is running out of gas, especially if you’re out in the middle of nowhere with limited fuel stops. Adding a small fuel siphon to your equipment can keep you from taking in a mouthful of gas if you have to siphon some gas from another vehicle.
Motorcycle Tool Kit
When you’re out on the road, you may not be able to get your car serviced by a certified service provider, like American Motorcycle Trading Co., so having a motorcycle toolkit with you on your trip can help you perform minimal repairs until you can get it into the shop.
Being prepared for your next motorcycle trip and bringing these nine essential items along will help you stay safe and have fun as you zoom down the road on your adventure.