Adventure seekers get plenty of options these days. Paragliding, parasailing, bungee jumping, trekking, cycling, kayaking…huh! The list gets longer and longer. In this list another important member is the motorcycle trip to far and away places. Man and his mean machine cannot take its hands away from each other. In fact it will be wrong to mean that only man loves his machine. Nowadays there are proficient women riders who love their mean machines equally well. Today I shall enlist some tips for solo motorbike riders which I have jotted down after taking around 3 solo motorbike trips across the coastal parts of USA, Australia and South-Africa. I hope these tips would be beneficial to you. Let’s get started.
- Keep your friends and relatives informed- If you are going to a far-fetched place that is unfamiliar to you then the safest way is to keep your friends or family members informed at each and every point wherein you are checking in to a hotel or motel; or which your next destination is. This mechanism would be highly beneficial to your loved ones and remember that you are responsible for them. Not only this, it can prove to be highly rewarding during some sudden mishap.
- Start out early and wrap up before sunset- More or less every solo motorcyclist follows this rule that is to rise early and start his journey as early as is possible. My advice is to begin your journey by 8 am and get off the bike before sunset. Halt in a city by late afternoon and look out for an accommodation with ample time in your hands. Go and get a shower and take a quick nap. Next is an early dinner and early sleep. This is the whole mantra of beginning a fresh journey, the next day.
- Smart eating- Reasonable breakfast should have minimum carbs and the lunch should be light. Snacks of daytimes should be enriched with high energy foods like granola, fruits or yoghurt. Have an early dinner so that before going to bed you could spend some leisure hours strolling around or swimming in the pool during summers. This also helps in good digestion.
- Smart hydration- Smart drinking is a vital point while you take a long drive on a motorbike. Do not let dehydration catch you unaware. Drink water at regular intervals both in warm and cold weather conditions.
- Using an earplug- Earplugs should be put on not only for protecting your hearing but also for warding off fatigue. Without a windscreen strong winds may create high decibel sounds within your helmet and brain continuously fights to notice important sound strands. Putting an earplug would put on rest all these unnecessary efforts hence saving a lot of your energy. In addition an earplug helps in to focus upon vital mechanical sounds coming from your machine or from your surroundings. This might prove to be a great advantage regarding your safety.
- Technology to keep optimum body temperature- One of the major health concerns faced by a rider is fluctuating temperature and modern techniques of textile engineering can help you in this matter. I would suggest you the Coolmax underwears so as to soak in moisture from your body. In addition light vests made of Merino wool can entrap your body heat and keep you warm if sudden cold weather catches on with you. They also do not hamper your mobility.
- Perform daily inspection of your machine- Check your bike before beginning your journey. Remember that in these trips, your machine is your primary friend. That’s why keep inspecting it at all stages for example at the filling station or before you are finally calling it a day off.
- Packing light- Travelling light is always advisable. Stick to bare minimums like wallet, iPhone with charger, maps, first-aid box, microfiber towels, your favorite novel, multi-tool, LED flashlights, pairs of underwears and socks; a few T-shirts and jeans. Light packing would be less hazardous for packing and unpacking twice a day.
- GPS and paper maps- In my personal opinion, the motorbikes attached with GPS can be major problems for secured rides as one may easily get distracted while screwing it up. In a group-ride situation, this might create major problem. That’s why I prefer a GPS app or Google maps for my Smartphone. Remember to use it while you are off the bike. Use of a paper map enhances the utility of a GPS unit.
- Keep your emergency contact numbers and medical information quickly available- Medical emergencies can take place at any moment and if your medical history is stored at a convenient and easily available place then it will be easier for others to get through it and get help for you as soon as possible. Along with medical history, keep aside all your prescriptions so that if not immediate medical help is available then at least important medicines or equipments could be bought. Some significant tools that might help you in this regard are a medical bracelet, a small pouch attached at the exterior of your helmet containing the medical form filled up by you.
- Share your travel experiences on a social media platform- Social media platforms like FaceBook, Instagram and Twitter can act as great sites for sharing your travel details. This will help you garner quick popularity and have added benefits also. Some of your friends may have already visited the place you are targeting now and they might give you valuable insights about decent accommodations and eateries. It might be possible to visit a friend on your way.
I hope all these tips would be tremendously helpful to you. Have a safe journey full of adventure and fun as memorable journeys are made of good moments wrapped up in safety. All the best!