Planning a trip with your motorbike is always more difficult than perceived. Getting all the elements of a good trip jam packed on your motorcycle while adding the room to spare can prove to be an anxiety inducing task. With cars, there’s tons of space available to carry your luggage, your whole family and enough extra space to throw in all of your pets and their families in there too, but where’s the fun in that?
For us bike enthusiasts, our souls are bound to two-wheeler trips. Anything more than two wheels is a crowd. So here are few ways to help you pack efficiently, swiftly and without the occasional panic attack that happens when prepping for a bike trip.
Plan Out The Plan
This involves calculating your moves as you hit milestones along your journey, checking weather forecasts, getting an idea of what to expect. Take the time to sit down and plan your moves of how long you’re going to stay where with what. Meaning you need to decide how long you are going to stay in an area, then decide where in that area are you going to go and what are you going to use for necessities when you are there. Plan and read about the route you are going to use for getting where you need to be. Budgeting the whole trip accordingly would become easier for you if you plan these aspects beforehand.
Inspect Your Ride
This is THE most important task when getting ready for your trip because your trip is only going to be as good as your bike maintenance. Make sure all your nails are screwed in and all your bolts hammered. Or was it the other way around? Anyways, get your bike checked out by a proper and trusted mechanic. If you want to give it a check yourself, follow the trusted method of the Motorcycle Safety Foundation, i.e. T-CLOCS. Safe check the following:
- T for Tires
- C for Controls (clutch & brakes)
- L for Lights
- O for Oil & fluids (basically engine function)
- C for Chassis (bike frame, suspension, chain, other external bike parts)
- S for Stands
Packing – To Take or Not To Take, That is the Question!
Coming down to the final segment, packing stuff is most underrated and wrongly so. Pack too much and things get messy, pack too less and you find yourself falling short of material for when things get messy. For clothing, it is advisable to have your riding gear on you and side packing thin material clothes in numbers rather than thicker and fewer clothes. The amount, obviously, depends on the length of the trip and the type of clothes on the location you are heading to.
Few essentials/must-haves: energy snacks, water, medical kit and bike spares
Aaaand that’s about it! Planning is good, but over-planning doesn’t solve anything also, do remember that. So plan well and plan smart! Wishing you all the luck for that amazing motorcycle trip! Ride on!