Planning the Perfect Motorcycle Trip
There are few things as soul satisfying as a well-planned motorcycle trip. Whether it’s a week-long vacation or a quick weekend getaway, the feelings of anticipation, excitement and adventure as the trip nears never get old. The scenic views, twisting roads, small town Americana and big city lights are all out there—just waiting for you to roll in.
Things to Consider When Planning Your Motorcycle Trip
You might think the first decision is: “Where to?”. But it’s sometimes best to figure out: “For how long?”. If you only have a few days, that will impact your range and how many stops you plan to make along the way. For longer trips, you have a little more flexibility depending on your preference. Do you want to get to your destination quickly and stay a while, or take your time getting there with overnights along the way?
Start Thinking About How You’ll Get There
Consider picking a route that takes you off the main drag. Highways may get you there quicker, but are long, flat and often unexciting. Choosing smaller backroads or popular motorcycle routes offers a much more scenic option with less traffic and plenty of curves that flow naturally with the terrain.
Break Your Ride Up into Equal Parts
Unless you’re a “let’s-get-there-all-in-one-day” type, plan a few overnights along the way. Creating legs to your trip will make it feel more leisurely, allow you to take in more sights along those curvy routes and leave you feeling more relaxed once you reach your destination.
Check Weather, Traffic and Road Conditions
Before you head out, be sure to consider any weather or traffic conditions you might encounter in the areas you’ll be riding through. Both are available as map overlays in RIDE COMMAND. If you’ve never been on a particular road before, check local ride forums or groups for insights on the area. Local Indian Motorcycle dealer can also provide valuable information.
Packing and Preparation for Your Motorcycle Trip
As a motorcycle rider, you already know there is only a limited amount of storage on your bike. So being thoughtful with the space you have will go a long way toward a successful trip. Keep these things in mind when loading up and make sure when it comes time to hit the open road the extra weight is evenly distributed for a safe, balanced ride.
Make Sure Your Bike is Up to Date on Service
Check tire tread, tire pressure and oil level right before your ride. If your oil hasn’t been changed recently, get that done before any extended trips. If you own an Indian Motorcycle and want to do these things yourself, there are plenty of resources available to you, including information on how to change your oil. You can also purchase lubricants engineered specifically for your motorcycle.
You’re All Set. Time to Head Out.
Planning can get you excited for what’s ahead, but there’s no substitute for that feeling when you finally roll down your driveway and off on your multi-day motorcycle trip. Head out confidently, knowing you’ve put in the pre-work and be open to the adventures that come your way.