Travelling well on a motorcycle includes a number of mental approaches and knowledge that are not acquired in a short time, but require a lot of effort.
Anyone can travel, but knowing how to travel is much more complicated. Here are the 10 rules + 1 bonus rule:
1. Know your limits
When planning a trip or a transfer on a motorcycle do not make the mistake you overestimate your capabilities. You have to plan the trip and the stages of it based on your limits.
Do not plan 1000 km stages if you have covered a maximum of 500 km in a day. If you want to improve your limits, do so in a progressive and informed manner.
2. High speed and long distances have nothing in common
If you have to travel many miles, the wrong way is to travel at full speed. Why? It’s simple, you’ll tire yourself out more, you’ll have to stop and refuel more often, and if you go wrong you can get fines or take unnecessary risks.
You need to set a cruising speed that allows you to make the best transfer. You will waste as little energy as possible, which means travelling at a speed that allows you to stay in the saddle for longer.
3. The bike in order
Before leaving check the bike (oil, spark plugs, tires), and above all do not start after doing important mechanical work. Because even the best mechanics can make a mistake when adjusting the engine or a setting. If you have done important work, test the bike before you start, so as to make sure that there are no unexpected problems at the start. (Workshop tool kit)
4. Know how to pack
When traveling, you don’t have to do the Snails, (take the house with you too). You have to bring little stuff and especially the right one. When you fill the suitcases you have to put everything in order so that you can get to the objects you need easily without taking half a motorcycle apart.
Always have a rain suit, something to eat and drink, personal documents, maps or navigator (cables for the navigator), wallet, sweatshirt, sunglasses, etc…
5. Stay away from trucks
Even if you’re tempted to pull into a truck, don’t do it, it will block your view and your reaction time will decrease with a greater chance of being the victim of an accident.
6. Fight Boredom
If the road is boring and not very scenic study a ruse not to get bored. You can use music, an audio-book (although this should not distract you from the road) or whatever you prefer, but it is important to try to keep your mind active to avoid danger.
7. Know when to stop
It’s always about knowing your limits, but knowing when to stop for a break, lunch break, or at the end of the day is fundamental, because the last 10 km could be the most dangerous. Some signs of tiredness may be, forget the arrows on, or the high beams, not being able to maintain a constant speed, when you close your eyes without wanting to, etc. … So if you are tired, stop as soon as possible always safely.
8. Put on your rain suit before it rains.
I know it’s difficult, but in certain situations it’s very important to stay dry, because if you’re wet or your clothes are wet you get tired much faster and suffer more from the cold. If it’s very hot you need to take off your rain suit immediately to avoid getting a heat stroke.
9. Eat well
You have to try to eat as little crap as possible. Eat nutritious things that don’t weigh you down and make your digestion long. Avoid alcohol and prefer foods such as carbohydrates and water.
10. Unforeseen events
The advice is to subscribe to an extended road service and bring a tool kit to solve small and big problems. (travel toolkit for motorcycles). The tool kit is very important, but it is equally important that you know how to use them and know where to put your hands on the bike.
To travel well you need to have a proper mental approach. A mental flexibility that allows you to leave at home the prejudices, the ways of doing of your country and above all arrogance.
Remember that wherever you go, you are a guest, and as such, you must abide by the rules, local ways of doing things and eating habits.
Try to make sure that the environment you go through and its habits and rules get inside you, so that you can get to know the people and the people around you better.
If you travel with other people, try not to form the classic group, which does not allow anyone or anything to penetrate it, because in doing so you will see the places and places as if you were under a bell without really seeing and tasting them.