Taking long motorcycle rides is one of the best experiences you can treat yourself to with all the weeks of planning, the adrenaline rush you get just thinking about the new adventures, being on the road and seeing all those new and exciting places with friends, and creating long-lasting memories. If you’re not the kind of person to make sudden and rash decisions, you’ll appreciate all the advice we’d like to offer to ensure you get the most out of your trip and avoid any mistakes that can disrupt the adventure in any way. Granted, you can always meet people online when you set out for the road, and get all the tips and recommendations on the spot or you can take the time to research every aspect of your trip, and enjoy planning it almost as much as actually experiencing it.
#1: Choose Your Destination
The first thing when planning a long motorcycle trip is to choose your destination and see how much time you actually have to spend. Keep in mind all of your previous rides, what kinds of things you wish to see now, and how many miles you can do in one day.
Most bikers can do 300+ miles, but if you have back problems break it up into smaller increments over more days, and don’t do more than 150-180 miles without taking a break. Check out the places that are on the way to your final destination to see which ones would be fun to stop at, and take into account the time you’ll spend on getting lost, using the bathroom or stopping for gas.
#2: Choose A Place To Stay
There are various lodging options when you’re going for a long motorcycle ride, and taking into account your previous trips matters when deciding whether to camp, stay at a friend’s house or get a room at a motel.
Sleeping next to your bike under the stars is excellent option weather permitting, but sometimes it’s way easier to get a room somewhere and rest before continuing your trip the next day. Keep in mind that you have to bring all the camping gear, and if your trip is going to last for a couple of days only, it’s probably not worth the hassle, so booking a room should be your first choice.
#3: Stops Along The Way
You’ll have to stop for gas, to stretch your legs, grab a bite to eat, and rest for a little bit. If you’re going with a group of friends, it’s a good idea to plan out these stops in advance, so you don’t waste any time on the road.
If you’re going to a remote location, Google might not be helpful enough with hours of operation, which is why you need to do your research beforehand regarding places to eat and filling up the gas tank.
Spend time reading ride reports and blogs, look at the reviews on Yelp and Google, and ask your friends and experienced riders for recommendations. If you’d like to wing it, sticking to chain restaurants is a good idea along the way, but planning will ensure you get a more comprehensive experience.