At AA Motorcycle shipping, we love everything motorcycle. Ask any enthusiast and you will be told that there is nothing quite as liberating as having the wind whip by as you ride down that not-so-beaten track. We particularly love solo adventures. Imagine getting on your motorcycle and starting off in any direction without having to worry about other people! However, there are some things that you need to keep in mind before setting off on your own into the unknown. Below, we give you the top motorcycle safety tips for solo adventurers.
Make sure that your bike is up to the job
This tip may appear to be rather obvious, but you need to make sure that your bike is up to the task before setting off on your solo adventure. Otherwise, you are going to have more excitement than you bargained for should it break down somewhere in the middle of nowhere. Check your tires and chain and make sure that there are not leaks on your bike.
Don’t carry things that are not essential
This is another of the important safety tips for those looking to become solo motorcycle adventurers. One worry that people have is that they are going to be stranded in the wilderness. Therefore, they practically want to carry along everything that they own on their motorcycle trip. The whole point of going on a motorcycle adventure is to unwind, to let go.
Too many times, people accumulate a lot of junk during the course of their lives. They can seem to be able to live without this. Anyway, you don’t need much on a motorcycle adventure. If you plan your journey correctly, you will be able to make do as you move from one place to the other. The idea of facing the unknown is actually part of the adventure. This is something that you ought to embrace.
Carry the right equipment
Having said what we said above about the need to stay light, we need to point out that we are not saying you should set off on a motorcycle adventure with only the clothes on your back. That would hardly be practical. At the barest minimum, you need to pack along your toiletries. You also need to carry along a sleeping back. I like to bring along my best e ink reader. I know, that’s cheating in a way, but it’s how I relax.
You may also need to pack a small tent. We all love nature, but there are times when it’s more practical to be sheltered from the wind and rain. Having a tent also helps keep your equipment dry. You can also opt for a cover for your motorcycle. We know, this may all appear to be too much equipment, but really, the items we mentioned here do not take that much space.
Do a little research about the places you are likely to visit
The perfect adventure would be one where you can just spin a globe and point at a random place on the map, before setting off in that direction. However, that is hardly the practical way to become a solo motorcycle adventurers club. One of the most important safety tips for solo adventurers is that you need to have a good idea where you are going before setting off.
Otherwise you are going to find yourself stranded in the middle of nowhere. Planning is particularly essential if your adventure takes you across borders. There are some documents that you are going to have to carry with you then, such as your passport.
Have the means to stay in touch
Most of us, at one point or the other, dream of discarding all the rudiments of the technology age in which we live for a simpler life. For many, a solo motorcycle adventure is a good way of attaining that goal, if only for a short while. Some people want to ride off into the sunset with only a pair of sunglasses and their best headphones on.
However, no matter how much you may hate technology, you do still need to be practical at the end of the day. Leaving your phone behind while going on an adventure is probably not the best approach, for one thing. It’s much better to turn the device off while carrying it along all the same. Also remember to accessorize your motorcycle with a phone charger. You never know what will happen while you are in the middle of nowhere.
You may end up needing to call for help, and your phone will come in handy in that regard. In most instances, it’s better to get a feature phone. That way, you will do away with all the gimmicks while having a device with which you can reach out. And batteries on feature phones can last more than a week, so you won’t have to worry about that.
Tell someone where you are going
This is related to what we have been saying above. Some people take the idea of a solo ride too far. They imagine cutting off all contact. That is all fine in an ideal world. However, in the real world, you always want to have at least one person know where you are heading off to. That way should something untoward happen to you, you can rest assured knowing that someone will be on the lookout for you.
Document your adventures for YouTube and Facebook
Everyone else is doing YouTube and Facebook, and you may as well join the fray. And you could end up making a little bit of cash along the way. Our advice is to take a powerful but small camera along on your journey. Or maybe fit out a Go pro on your bike. That way, you will be able to take interesting shots during your adventure.
When you reach some place where you have connectivity, upload your images and videos to YouTube and to Facebook. You never know. You could actually end up building a loyal following composed of like-minded people. You can then monetize your channel so you can earn a few dollars. Documenting your progress also serves the purpose of telling people where you are. That way, there won’t be danger that you could drop off the edge of the earth and nobody would know.
Take regular breaks
The whole point of going on a solo motorcycle ride is to be able to relax and unwind. You are not going to be able to do that, however, by staying on your motorbike throughout the day. Anybody who has ever done a long motorcycle ride can tell you that it tends to become a pain in the behind after a while. So, you should plan for short breaks along the way. Do this, and your back will thank you.