Motorcycle Road Trip Tips from the Pros

road-trip-motorcycleMotorcycle travel is more popular than ever as more than 10 million Americans saddle up for fun road trips each year. These tips will help riders get the most out of their summer plans for the open roads.

1. Gear up: Oh yes, there are lots of fun, shiny gadgets you can buy for your motorcycle trip.  Go ahead, treat yourself. But don’t skimp on the most important items you need for a safe and comfortable ride: protective clothing, a comfy seat, and a quiet helmet should be at the top of your list.

2. Dress for the crash, not the ride: There is a joke among riders that asphalt is the best tattoo remover. If you’re out on your cycle in the summer, yes, it can get hot, but covering up with protective gear is a must. Waterproof gear that can also be vented is a great investment as well. Check out, a popular option for some of the choices out there.

3. And finally, some useful – and humorous – tips from experienced riders recently gathered in a Harley Davidson survey:

  • When loading your bike, keep as much weight as possible close to the bike’s center of gravity. That means low and toward the tank, distributed evenly from side to side.
  • On long trips, consider bringing your rattiest clothing, then just throw it away when you’re done with it!
  • With your bike fully loaded for your road trip, check your headlamp to make sure it’s properly aimed.
  • Pack all your cold weather and raingear no matter what time of year it is.
  • Plastic bags make great boot liners if you forgot your gaiters. If you forgot your rain gloves, rubber dishwashing gloves make great, inexpensive substitutes.

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