So now you’ve decided to discover whatever you’re going to discover and explore, and you’re doing that on a motorbike. You must be elated. What hits you next is the realization of how little you can pack along the way. And this is what I’m going to explain to you; how to plan for a motorcycle road trip. So let’s begin!
- This is pretty much common sense, but I’d like to remind you that always, buy the small packaging of all the toiletries, be it shampoo, tooth paste or body wash. Because it takes less space and they can be refilled.
- Do NOT fold your clothes. Of course, I’m not telling you to carry the hangers around, instead, roll them. It’s preferable to carry zipper lock plastic freezer bags filled with rolled up clothes. Yes, even the jeans.
- Pack less. I can’t stress how important this is, especially if you’re a person who splurges on clothes. You’re probably going to end up buying a couple of commemorative t-shirts, so you better have space for them.
- The “throwaway idea”! This doesn’t get any better guys. All you need to do is pack those worn-out undies or tees, and you can throw them away on your way after wearing once or twice. This might be a rather memorable way to say goodbye to those favorites.
- A basic weight distribution tip is to keep the heaviest of all luggage at the bottom, i.e., the saddlebags. This is to avoid the effect of rattling and impact that might be caused due to bumps.
- If you’re traveling in a pack, it would be a good idea to compare the packing lists that everyone has made. There’s a fair chance that you’ll find at least few duplicate items that can be crossed off the list and used mutually on the trip.
- Carrying a multitool is always a good idea. Even if it doesn’t have all the tools you might need, it takes the space of a pocket knife and does a couple of extra jobs. So it’s a good enough go-to when heading on a road trip.
- It is important to notice where you are loading up the luggage. Ideally, it should be close to the center of gravity of the bike and evenly distributed in both ends. Plus, it must not block the flow of air to the engines. So keep a close eye on the distance between luggage and the bike chains or exhausts.
- Keep certain things like water bottles, medical kits and extra shirts handy and close, so you don’t have to dig deep. Make sure you have valuable things like credit cards and wallet in permanently attached lockable luggage.
Last but not the least, follow all the packing up by a test ride to ensure everything’s in place and working effectively. And you’re good to go!
Jonathon is an IT expert and a researcher. He is obsessed with cars and all the digital accessories. He regularly posts at SakerRacing