How to prepare motorcycles routes
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The motorcycle routes are the great common activity of riders. Being able to travel in groups to different destinations enjoying the company, the landscape and the wind touching the parts of your body that the motorcycle allows is one of the great pleasures of owning a motorcycle that conglomerates the sense of the recreational motorcycle itself. These routes have been the subject of innumerable anecdotes and legends that over time have gone beyond the boundaries of space and time.
We remember in this post a series of basic tips on how to prepare motorcycle routes in a simple way.
Once the route is planned, there are a number of points that will require your attention to be able to enjoy the route in question, as well as always ensure the environment, weather conditions and the requirement that the route will ask you and your motorcycle (we hope is a Triumph classic of our creation!).
1. How to prepare motorcycle routes: Prior mechanical preparations
The most basic rule for preparing a route with guarantees is as the name implies, guaranteeing the good condition of the two main elements of the event, vehicle and rider. The motorcycle, whatever the duration and requirement of the route, has to be in an optimal state of operation, and a basic review is always necessary before each route. Key points such as fluid levels, tire pressure and general cleaning of the motorcycle and its ins and outs will be key points to review. In addition, we must have a series of basic tools in our road bag, such as a set of keys and screwdrivers that allow us to make small adjustments, or small roadside devices that can save us the same.
It goes without saying that a puncture repair kit can also be a great element to include in such an emergency bag. To be able to transport all these items and others, make sure if your motorcycle can be installed with side-loading cases in which you can transport all kinds of tools and supplies in the most comfortable way possible. If you have a Bonneville, remember that you have a series of accessories and supports to place this type of luggage.
2. How to prepare motorcycle routes: The pilot and fitness
Although it sounds like things we only see while we study the theoretical examination of the riding license, the good physical condition of the rider greatly influences the reaction time and the reflexes when it comes to avoiding imminent dangers. That is why we always strongly recommend the generous rest the night before, as well as a good breakfast full of energy before going to the road to be well awake and attentive to any road circumstance.
Likewise, it is also highly recommended to remain hydrated for the duration of the route. Although it is not necessary to drink water at all times, other foods with a lot of liquid (fruits, gels) can contribute a lot to maintain good levels of hydration. If the route is going to be long, also make sure you are relaxed muscularly, without suffering from pinches or contractures, since riding many hours on a motorcycle not entirely intended for it as a Thruxton with semi-handlebars, you can bill us at the end of the travel.
3. How to prepare motorcycle routes: Equipment
It never hurts to remember the importance of road clothes to be well protected from the weather of the road. Obviously the conditions will vary greatly depending on the time of the year, but a must for this type of occasions is the jacket and gloves set specially designed for the motorcycle, which allows us to isolate ourselves from winds of higher or lower temperature, some unexpected occasional drizzle, but that at the same time allows our skin to perspire and not to cook within the garment in question. Luckily, numerous brands and firms make available to riders all kinds of accessories of great thickness and cold insulation capacity, for those brave routes that are convened in the coldest months of the year.
In addition, as many of you will know, they already sell all kinds of gloves and heated cuffs that helps the hands not get numb due to the low temperatures. If your route is going to go along roads away from the asphalt and you are going to put the motorcycle on the ground as if it were a whole Triumph Scrambler, it is always positive to get a combat jumpsuit and some good boots that you have no problem in getting dirty!
These are just some basic tips on how to prepare in the best possible way for a medium or long length rider route. However, there is no better preparation than the experience gained with the miles and anecdotes lived, since one never knows what can be found along the route.