There is nothing like a road trip to freshen yourself up. After the daily rigors of work and life have sucked up most of your soul’s vitality, a road trip is a great remedy to rejuvenate. The trip itself becomes a lesson on life if well planned and well executed. Here are some essential points to consider before venturing on motorcycle road trip:
- Which bike to choose: There are people who always suggest a chopper styled bike for long trips. In India the Royal Enfield reigns supreme as the bike of choice for most road trips. It is also the bike that most will suggest. No doubt that it is an exceptional bike. However, a bike, like a friend must be chosen through familiarity and compatibility. Whichever ride you choose, you must be comfortable with it. You must also ensure that you are well aware of the eccentricities of your bike and have ridden on it for a considerable amount of time.
- Considerations while choosing the bike: A low-maintenance bike with a rugged engine, comfortable seat, easily available spare parts, preferable a windshield and a tough battery through which you can use new technologies and keep your gadgets charged. A bike battery is often overlooked, but it remains your friend while driving through difficult weather situations, terrains and travelling in low light or highways with dense traffic.
- Where to travel: There are a host of options to choose from. From rugged mountains to densely forested areas; seaside scenic rides to highways through deserts. Choose where your heart desires to go to the most. It depends on your mood and state of mind. A thematic tour is also simpler to plan.
- What to carry: Travel light. One is always tempted to pack in everything, but a smart packer will be able to travel more with much less stress and clutter. Travel gear is the most important part of packing and should be done keeping in mind the probabilities and not the possibilities of weather fluctuations. Gadgets must be well chosen based on multifunction, durability and accuracy. Tools essential for sticky mechanical situations must be considered. Ropes, tapes, knives and small packs of grooming products if you do not plan to stay at establishments are very useful. Finally, a phonebook with important contacts (we mean the physical phonebook—oldschool style!) for unforeseen circumstances where you need help.
- What not to carry: Too many clothes, cooked food, alcohol and excess cash are great hindrances. Apart from these, avoid untrustworthy friends or associates, sentimental items, mental baggage and high expectations.
- Insurance: Finally, get yourself and your motorcycle insured. Life is hard, and life without insurance can turn painfully hard on road trips. First thing before you start is to search for a simple, relatively inexpensive and popular insurance.
Above everything, be mentally prepared for everything and never lose your positivity. At the end of the trip you will be richer in many ways through your journey.