Motorcycle journeys rank among the most exhilarating adventures anyone can embark on. Whether it’s a week-long jaunt or a year-long expedition, the right bike and a touch of organization can pave the way for breathtaking routes, allowing explorers to immerse themselves fully in a country or region’s offerings.
Indeed, seasoned bikers understand the intricacies of motorcycle travel; planning even the minutest details is imperative to ensure a smooth ride. In this article, we aim to encapsulate some of the core professional advice we impart to our patrons – wisdom we’ve honed over the years through our guided motorcycle tours.
From choosing the right motorcycle to outlining the route and considering essential gear, here’s the ultimate checklist for prepping your impending motorcycle trip.
Crafting the Ideal Route for Your Motorcycle Journey
A fundamental step in planning any motorcycle journey is charting out the route. Such decisions form the cornerstone of subsequent choices. While a modicum of spontaneity is always refreshing, one must have clarity on the trip’s duration, the distance to be covered, and the must-visit spots.
Opting for one of our structured tours can be beneficial. Otherwise, starting from scratch to customize a route is also a worthy approach. When building a route, consider whether you’re in the mood for a calm journey along highways or if an adventurous off-road escapade is more your style.
It’s prudent to gather extensive information about the daily distance, possible toll charges, refueling points, and the state of roads. Also, keeping a tab on the weather can aid in choosing the right motorcycle and packing appropriately.
Selecting the Best Motorcycle for the Route
Having charted out your route, the next crucial decision revolves around the motorcycle choice. Many might prefer their own bikes, but diverse routes might necessitate different types of motorcycles.
It’s unsurprising that depending on the journey’s nature, renting a specialized motorcycle could be a sound choice. It not only spares your regular ride from wear and tear but also offers the pleasure of navigating various terrains with models designed specifically for long hours or off-road trips.
For those confident about their motorcycle’s suitability, ensure it undergoes a thorough check-up. Adapt your bike – perhaps by swapping out tires or adjusting the suspension – based on the terrain and weather conditions.
Compile and Safeguard Essential Documentation
Post route and motorcycle decisions, gather the essential documentation. Start with your bike’s documentation: insurance policy, circulation permit, technical card, and an amicable report form. If crossing borders, secure the insurance green card from your provider.
For personal documents within Spain, you’ll need a driving license, an ID, and a health card. But for international travel, also include a passport (with at least six months validity), a European health card, and travel insurance proof.
Storing documents in a sealable plastic folder shields them from moisture. Moreover, having separate photocopies can be a lifesaver if originals go missing.
Must-have Accessories and Luggage Tips for Your Motorcycle Trip
Key accessories every motorcycle trip should incorporate include:
- A specialized motorcycle toolbox.
- An emergency battery charger.
- A compact first-aid kit.
- GPS with mount – essential for those off-the-beaten-path routes.
- An external battery for charging devices.
- A motorcycle geolocation device.
Regarding luggage, even distribution is paramount for safe riding. If using saddlebags, ensure they don’t exceed a meter’s width on either side. Heavier items should be placed at the bottom, optimizing stability by lowering the center of gravity.
And there you have it – our curated advice for organizing a motorcycle journey. At REVV, we leverage our vast experience to aid in your trip planning or in renting the perfect bike for your next adventure. Feel free to drop any queries in the comments or share how you personally plan your motorcycle escapades.