A road trip for any biker is an exciting prospect. We spends hours and days planning the journey so that it is nothing short of perfect. Once we’re on the road for a couple of hours though, we realise that the reality is very different from what we expected and that there are a few challenges that have to be dealt it. But a little preparation goes a long way, and it will certainly make your bike trips more enjoyable. Here are 5 things you can do to make your road trips more enjoyable:
Divide the Journey
It’s never advisable to go all-out and try to cover the entire distance in one shot. Instead you should plan ahead and divide your journey into smaller parts, keeping in mind the road conditions and the time it usually takes. A 200 km trip on a National Highway is easily doable in a couple of hours but the same distance in a place like Ladakh, not so much.
Ever heard the saying “It’s about the journey, not the destination.”? Well keep that in mind the next time you set off on a road trip. If you ride as fast as you can, you’re going to miss out on a lot on the way to your destination and then you’ll just be another tourist and not a traveller. So explore the area you’re passing through, savour some of the local food and pay heed to your surroundings because that’s what will set your trip apart from those car and bus users.
(Also Read: 10 Mountain road trips in India you have to try)
Make a plan
The notion of a sudden trip where you get up one morning and zoom off on your bike is an exciting prospect, but it never really turns out the way you want it to. Unless you’re undertaking a road trip you’ve already been on, it’s always a smart idea to have a plan, even a vague one, about how you’re going to get to your destination. If you’re going on a long road trip, be sure to carry the appropriate tools, clothing and extra fuel (if needed) that you’ll need in case things go wrong.
Less Clothing, Extra Cash
We all know that carrying luggage on a motorcycle is a nightmare. That’s why you should travel light and pack clothing that can be hung out at night and be dry by morning. Don’t take along a lot of gear that you think you might need but most likely won’t. It’s not worth the haul. When it comes to cash, though, always carry more than what you think you’ll need. You’ll never be near an ATM when you need it the most and in case your bike breaks down in some remote area, it’s not likely that the local mechanic is going to accept a debit/credit card.
Record your Travels
Trust me. Down the road, there will be a reason to recall the places you have been. Even if you don’t lose anything along the way and need to retrace, you may want to come back to the same place one time in the future, or help a friend who is taking a ride toward those areas with information about how to navigate. Whenever you stop for fuel, snacks, a beer, or for lodging, be sure to make a note of that location, or take a photo of a landmark, business, or road sign around. Someday you’ll be glad you got the details down, even if it just helps you to shape your road stories.
Have any other tips that you’ve picked up on your road trips? Let us know in the comments below and we’ll add it here. Happy Riding!