Tuesday, 1 November 2016

Tips for motorcycle traveling in America

Tips for motorcycle traveling in America

Crossing America on a motorcycle is the dream of many riders. There’s something romantic about traversing the USA on two wheels, perhaps because it’s fairly challenging due to the sheer stamina required to ride 4,000 miles. There’s a lot to consider when planning a motorcycle traveling– do you use your bike, or rent one? Dual sports tires will be preferable Many of us have taken day or weekend motorcycle traveling. However, America road trips are a different ball of wax. To maximize the chance that they will be a success, we must make extensive preparations. While this will not ensure that our trips will lack pitfalls, it will certainly lower the chance of experiencing them. Keep an open mind on the open road; America traveling can provide an outstanding means of learning how other people live. William Least Heat-Moon's book, "Blue Highways" inspired me. William took a cross-country road trip across the U.S., without traveling through any cities. By keeping an open mind during your trip, you can truly appreciate the different pockets of Americana from "sea to shining sea."

 Here are some helpful tips for your consideration
Travel Lightly
One thing is for sure about motorcycle travel - you will be packing lightly. Just the essentials, and maybe some food and drink for breaks. Most small towns have a Laundromat, so you can wash the few clothes you do pack. Even if you plan on camping most nights, think about staying in a motel with a shower every three days or so. The change will be delightful, and you can get some serious rest before hitting the road. Don't forget any prescription (or non-prescription) medications such as an antacid, ibuprofen, and some personal items like a toothbrush and toothpaste. I always bring a large container of water and fill it regularly along the way. You never know when you might get stranded without fresh water, you can always store them in your motorcycle boots
Pack for Emergencies
In addition to basic medications as mentioned above, I usually carry a good flashlight (with new batteries), a tire repair kit, a towel to lay on if I have to make repairs, and a toolkit - something beyond the standard kit that comes with most bikes. You would be wise to pack an extra, fully charged cell phone battery. If you're riding through "buggy" territory, carry some insect repellent, to keep the critters out of your helmet!
Keep Your Schedule Open
For sure, make a basic schedule for the big stuff - start and ending locations, but for really fun and interesting road trips, keep the "in between times" somewhat casual. For example, if you found an interesting town or a museum that a few hours visit just wouldn't do, you can come back the next day, finish your visit and be on your way. The same applies for most everything else - evening activities, local attractions - and more. This "casual" planning can take the stress out of motorcycle traveling.
Be frugal
There is a difference between being cheap and frugal. On motorcycle trip, it is highly advisable to be frugal. You could stay at a campground, which provides an outstanding opportunity to enjoy the Great Outdoors. You could also stay at youth hostels, which tend to have rock-bottom prices. However, keep in mind that everything is communal there. If you are in these groups, you could get discounts at hotels:
  •           Government employees
  •           Military personnel
  •          Motorcycle group/association members
  •           Those over 50-years-old

Look for humor in your travels
Does it take fewer muscles to smile, than to frown? Experts are still debating that. However, long, hot, dusty motorcycle traveling can become more bearable if you look for humor in your travels. Keep an eye out for interesting road signs that put a smile on your face. Sometimes small-town businesses have interesting names, maxims, or motifs. A little can go a long way during a long trip.
Learn something new
A motorcycle traveling can provide a cornucopia of new experiences for you. Take advantage of all of them. Sometimes you can learn all sorts of information from the idiosyncrasies of different towns. You will probably even find locals who can explain certain things that you observe. In fact, these experiences could change your perspective on life. So before you strap on your Harley Davidson motorcycle boots, vow to make your motorcycle traveling as much of a learning experience as possible. Your past school teachers would be proud. Look up at the stars on a clear night. That is how many types of people exist in our world. One of the perks of motorcycle traveling is that you get to meet people from all walks of life. I am a firm believer that "everyone has a story." Meeting different people on motorcycle traveling provides you the opportunity to hear fascinating stories from other bikers and non-bikers alike. Listen to their stories and stay inspired to keep on keeping on.