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.
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
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.
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.
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
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.