Motorcycle trips are what we live for. We have never felt better waking up in dawn and roaring out of the city on our two wheels. The feeling of freedom, when you leave your mundane life behind to spend a few days on the road with your friends and motorcycles is unmatched.
To enjoy the trip, you need to pack right. We are listing down, the basic checklist of what to put in your motorcycle luggage and a few checks:
Just because you ride everyday, does not mean that your motorcycle is in good shape. The risk of breakdown on a trip is much higher that if it breaks down on your daily city ride. Not only is help on a stranded road a premium, you will also waste a lot of time and might have to alter your trip.
The first thing you should check is your pair of wheels. If your tyres are old and have had a lot of wear and tear, its advisable to change them for the trip. Even if your tyres are new, you should give them a quick glance. Look out for cuts, screws and uneven wear.
The next thing you should look out for are the fluids. Tank up for the ride. Also check the Engine Oil and brake oil.
Next, check if all the electronics are working. Lights, Horn, Indicators, Speeometer and any other electronics.
From here, move over to the stand, brakes and the drive chain.
This is just a basic checklist which you should do at least a day before your trip so that you have enough time to get things right.
Here’s a video from our friends at BikeBandit.com explaining the basics again:
Here is a list of items, when you go out for any ride:
Carry the smallest packs available. Even if you are on a long ride carry two or three of these small packs. You can dispose them off, once you are finished with one pack.
What you carry will depend on where you are riding. Remember, you have limited space in your saddlebag and you should pack accordingly. There is just no room for clothes that you will carry and might not wear. You need to pack smart.
Depending on the duration of your trip, you should calculate the clothes that you need to carry.
Let’s face it, motorcycles break down. Every rider has faced a breakdown on a ride and that’s when you need a toolkit to just do the roadside repairs. There are many available but none of them would cater to all your repair needs. Its best to buy a tool roll and create your own tool kit. You should carry something that is compact and preferably you can tie to the frame of your motorcycle. That way you don’t have to carry the extra weight in your saddlebag.
You never know when you need this. Apart from the regular medical kit, you should carry all regular medicines along with a few ibuprofen and asprin tablets.
Always carry ziplocs and plastic bags to carry wet or dirty clothes. These don’t require much space and are the very useful. You should also carry Large Garbage Bags to cover your saddles in case of rain.
Here is our basic checklist, let us know what you carry on your trips in the comments below.