OMAHA, Nebraska. If you’ve been planning a cross-country motorcycle trip, there are certainly several factors you’ll want to keep in mind. Riding long distances is a true test of stamina, riding ability, and can also be great fun. If you’re planning a cross-country motorcycle ride, here are ten things to consider.
- Plan your trip carefully and avoid the interstates. The roads you take matter the most. Motorcycle-friendly roads can be among the most scenic in America. However, you’ll need to plan carefully. Some roads can have hazards like gravel or potholes. Do your research before you go and be alert to risk factors, like sand, potholes, and gravel.
- Refresh your skills. According to Ride Apart, there are hazards riders can’t control, like gravel, potholes, and distracted drivers being on the road, and there are hazards you can control. Plan to take an advanced riding class before your trip. Even if you are a skilled rider, it never hurts to brush up on your training and you might even be able to get a discount on your insurance for doing it.
- Choose the right bike. You might not need a larger bike for the trip. The thing to look for is a bike you feel comfortable and confident handling.
- Wear earplugs. The decibel levels your ears will be exposed to while riding will be high. Long-term exposure to these noise levels has been known for lead to hearing loss and permanent damage. Protect your hearing. You’ll be on the road day in and day out.
- Consider renting. Most people don’t have the time nor the energy to ride to one side of the country and back. If you ride your own bike one-way across the country, you’ll need to ship it back home. If you rent, you might be able to drop it off on the other side, when you get there.
- Give your bike a tune up. Make sure your tires are new enough to handle the mileage, or change them before you go—or plan where you’ll do a tire change along your route. Do your repairs before you leave home, but have an emergency plan in place.
- According to Cycle World, if you’re tired, pull over. Now. Research has found that fatigued driving and riding can be just as dangerous as drunk driving. On a motorcycle, a small mistake can have major and even life-altering consequences.
- Eat properly and stay hydrated. Light snacks early in the day, light breakfasts and lunches, and heavier dinners are best.
- Pack the right gear. Bring rain gear. Wear leather clothing, gloves, and don’t forget your helmet and boots. The things you wear can make a huge difference in the event of a crash.
- Have fun. Plan your dream trip. Visit destinations you haven’t seen before. And remember to take photos.
Rensch & Rensch Law are motorcycle accident lawyers in Omaha, Nebraska who work closely with individuals who have been hurt in motorcycle crashes. Planning ahead can make a difference in the safety and fun of your trip. Have a great time on the open road. Keep safety first. And visit us at https://www.renschandrensch.com/ to get more motorcycle riding and safety tips.