A motorcycle trip can be a great way to get out and see the country, no matter where you live. On a bike, you can go further for less money than you ever could in a car since you get such good MPGs, and you also feel more connected with the world around you. However, to plan a great trip, there are a few things that you need to do.
1. Plot out your route on a map.
You want to sit down and write everything out on a map before you leave, even if you are going to be using a GPS unit when you are actually riding. This can show you how far you need to go, how long that will take, and what your daily schedule needs to look like – as far as when you get up and leave is concerned – so that you can complete the trip in the time that you have.
2. Check the local laws in other states.
Remember that different states have different laws regarding helmets and other safety measures. In some states, you do not have to wear a helmet, but you will be pulled over and ticketed in other states for not having one. If you are leaving your own state, look at the laws for any you will be entering to make sure that you have all of the necessary motorcycle gear and safety equipment that the law requires.
3. Book your accommodations well in advance.
If you are going to be gone for more than just a day trip, you want to book accommodations in advance so that they are not full when you arrive. Many hotels and campgrounds will be booked out for months into the future. Your best bet is to plan your trip well in advance, rather than just hoping that you can find something as you go.
4. Practice packing your gear.
How sure are you that your Ogio bike bags can hold everything that you need to bring along? For a long trip, packing in an economical fashion is necessary. Bike bags are not that big, but they have to hold everything because a bike does not give you many other storage options, unless you want to wear a backpack. Practice packing everything before the day of the trip so that you can remove items and decide what you really must have.