Getting out on the open road with just two wheels beneath you is a thrill that is matched by little else.
With over a million motorcycles registered in the UK, that’s clearly something that plenty of Brits already know about.
If you’re venturing out on a motorbike tour for the first time, knowing how to plan ahead can be tricky. So here are our top tips to get you on the road – all that’s left to do know is get your leathers ready and pick where to go!
If you usually holiday in a car or by a plane, you’ve perhaps grown accustomed to generous storage options – either chucking as much as possible in the boot of your car or cramming things into a suitcase!
On a motorcycle tour, things are different. Although you can add storage bags and boxes to your bike, chances are you’ll have to be much more selective with your luggage.
Take the absolute essentials only. As many clothes as you’ll need for your trip, some toiletries and… that might be about it!
It pays to book your accommodation smartly too. Make sure that your rest stops will provide plenty of what you need, so you don’t have to lug it around with you. Remember that the performance and comfort of your ride could be impacted if you’re carrying too much extra weight.
Plan your route
This isn’t just important so that you know where you’ll be going, having a proper plan in place offers plenty of extra benefits.
Getting lost means extra riding as you get back on track and that additional mileage will also add to your budget as you’ll be forking out more cash on fuel.
Speaking of which, knowing where and when you’ll be refilling will also stop you from getting into sticky situations when the fuel gauge hits the red – allowing you to just enjoy the ride!
Take out insurance
Of course, it’s illegal for you to take to the road without securing insurance. But it’s also important that you choose a specialist motorcycle policy before you venture out.
This will give you protection designed specifically for the kinds of journeys that bikers take, as well as cover your bike for specialist parts if required.
If you’re touring with a buddy, this is less of a factor as you will have each other’s backs while out on the road and beyond.
But if it’s a solo tour, and especially if this is you first time, be sure to inform a friend or family member of your plans and check in regularly. This way, someone is looking out for you and can act fast in the event of something unfortunate happening.