With the arrival of summer, motorcycle lovers can’t wait to set off on holiday, go camping or spend the weekend out of town on their bikes.
There are lots of summertime destinations to discover on a motorbike, enjoying breathtaking roads and views while quickly going to places that are sometimes difficult to reach by car.
Whether you’re an experienced biker or on your first trip, here are 5 tips to enjoy your holiday in safety!
- CHOOSE A ROUTE TO SUIT YOUR LEVEL OF EXPERIENCE
However exciting and appealing it may be, travelling by motorbike is certainly not easy or to be undertaken thoughtlessly. You should always choose your route according to your experience.
If you’re just starting out, it’s best to go for easy to reach destinations and to “split up” the journey with several breaks.
Even more experienced motorcyclists should never underestimate the demands of the trip. In general, stopping every one or two hours or so is always a good habit, especially on hot summer days.
2. SUITABLE CLOTHING
Clothing is key when travelling by motorbike. Your helmet must fit perfectly and it’s very important to wear a back protector and a jacket, trousers, gloves and shoes with built-in protections. Heat can be a problem, so it’s best to go for breathable and comfortable clothing that’s not too tight, providing protection while simultaneously allowing freedom of movement.
3. EQUIPMENT AND SAFETY
Whether you’re planning a long or a short trip, it’s best to be equipped for any unforeseen events.
A device to clamp your sat nav to the bike’s dashboard is definitely a very useful accessory. It’s also advisable to have a kit with you for repairing any tyre punctures, as well as a portable charger in case the bike’s battery goes flat. It’s also important to carry a chain to leave the bike parked and secure during stops.
Before setting off, it’s generally good practice to have the bike checked over: your brakes, oil and engine must be in good condition!
Almost all road bikes provide the option of attaching luggage to the sides and the back. A useful tip is to load it in an even and balanced way, to avoid having too much weight on one side. It’s also best to fill any rear box as little as possible, since this often creates an imbalance during the journey.
5. ALWAYS TAKE CARE!
Check the weather before setting off for as accurate an idea as possible of the conditions to expect during the journey. Always maintaining a very high level of attention is also essential! If you feel tired or unresponsive it’s best to stop, for everyone’s safety.
Travelling by motorbike is an exciting adventure that, if done carefully and safely, can reward you with unforgettable experiences!