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Heading off on a motorcycle trip involves a lot of planning and preparations. Not just for your bike, though, but also in terms of mapping out an interesting route and making sure that you have the correct gear to keep you warm and dry throughout the ride.

It could, after all, be slightly less pleasant if you don’t manage to take care of the few steps below.

Here is a handful of important things to keep in mind before your trip in case you’re new to motorcycle rides. That way, you can focus on looking forward to the trip instead of worrying about whether or not you have everything you need.

#1 Pack light

First of all, you’re not going to enjoy the trip if you have packed too much. Because your luggage will be on you constantly – or, at least while you’re on the bike, it’s important that the weight doesn’t drag you down.

Try to pack as light as possible just like you would have done if you were to go backpacking. If you happen to pack too much and find it overwhelming, you might end up just leaving a few of your belongings behind to rid yourself of the weight which is, of course, an awful waste of money.

#2 Visit your local mechanic

If you have been on a few trips before, you probably know very well what kind of parts your bike requires. Because they’re all different, they may need different parts – and it doesn’t really help if you just listen to what your friend’s bike needs if it’s a different model than yours.

In general, you may need some spare tubes, sparks, and accelerators but do ask your mechanic about what he or she thinks your specific bike needs. It just makes the trip a bit more pleasant if something should go wrong with your bike on the road.

Another thing to keep in mind is that you should have a number ready to contact a motorcycle accident attorney; even if you don’t like to think about it, you will definitely be happy that you have it in case something should happen.

#3 Dress right

Finally, you’re going to be very grateful that you updated your motorcycle wardrobe before heading off on your trip. Make sure that you have the right size, though, so that the gear doesn’t bother you – both a size too big and too small is going to be really annoying when you’re trying to enjoy yourself.

Make sure that you’re able to stay warm as well, by the way, as the weather may change along the way. Stay warm and dry, and you’ll be able to enjoy the ride so much more.

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