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We know you just want to get out there, you, your bike and the open road but there are a few things you need to think about before taking that journey. Whether it’s a ride out with mates, a trip to your favourite biker event or a tour across Europe – it’s vital you plan ahead to prepare yourself and your bike for the adventure!
Where will you be riding your bike? Is it really the best mode of transport to be taking? Of course, if you’re going on a typical ride out along open roads, across ‘comfortable’ terrain then as long as your bike has passed its MOT, you have insurance and you’ve followed the basic daily bike checks then you’re good to go!
Here are a few things to take into account when assessing whether your bike is right for this journey:
The following clip gives tips and pointers to consider when avoiding hazards and potholes. It’s important to keep your eyes raised and to look ahead at where you’re going, as in turn you will then follow.
Should you ever feel as though you are unable to ride safely then please do not ride!
Below are factors that can affect your riding abilities:
If you believe you are unfit or that your riding capabilities may be hindered for whatever reason then it’s a good idea to think about an alternative mode of transport to make your journey or perhaps delay the journey until you feel fit to ride.
A pillion can be of any age, as long as they are strong enough to grip onto the bike and their feet reach the foot rests. The clip below gives legal tips for motorcycle pillion riders.
What can be affected when riding with a pillion?
The clip below outlines a few handy tips for riding with a passenger.
If you’re planning a long trip away chances are you’ll have a fair amount of luggage with you and possibly also a pillion; so it’s vital that you have loaded your bike appropriately, securely and safely.
The clip below gives a great demonstration of how to efficiently fold your clothing, enabling you to fit as much into your luggage as possible. While also considering weight restrictions, balance and tyre air pressure.
Tips for loading your bike:
Only take what you need, you don’t want to overload your bike with stuff you’re not going to use. So check over everything you’re planning on taking at least three times.
Triple check the load is secure:
You definitely don’t want your luggage escaping you! One, the embarrassment of having to whiteness your smalls flying behind you in your wing mirror will probably be the embarrassment of your life. And two, on a serious note, loosely fitted luggage bags are extremely dangerous! If luggage becomes lose and disconnects this will drastically disturb your riding and could result in you losing control of your bike, leading to an accident.
Also, remember to follow the manufacturer’s instructions on the luggage and load securing equipment to ensure everything is connected and in place properly and securely!
Where do you want to go? What do you want to see?
If you’re planning a long trip away, over the course of a long weekend or even week then it’s a great idea to get a map out and pin point all the best places to visit and what kind of route you want to take.
Events: There may even be a few biker events taking place over the course of your getaway. These are always a great way to meet new people, find out where all the best places to visit are to interact with like-minded people.
GPS: If you can get your hands on a sat nav or download a navigation app on your phone then this will really help you out. You may find yourself straying from your route along the way, so some navigation always helps! But remember, don’t restrict yourself too much, you may stumble across a secret corner or a beautiful village to explore, so go for it, that’s the whole point of the adventure!