Preparing For a Cross Country Motorcycle Trip

So you are hell bent on taking a long motorcycle trip on the back roads which is just a wonderful way to see the country. Taking a train in past day were great as the train tracks used to travel just about through peoples back yards but now like the highways they skirt around towns and miss the most interesting things in seeing what and how people live, all we are doing now is to get from a to z and the fastest way.

In preparation for your trip you have a few things you want to put together, first of all you should go out and purchase some good maps of all the States and Provinces you plan to travel through, a good idea is not to depend on purchasing your maps as you travel as probably you will not find these on your rural travels only on main interstate highways. A good tune up of your bike should be done so that you will not have any breakdowns but you should also find dealerships along your route for your motorcycle if you do run into trouble.

It is not a good plan to mark you trip in stone, leave yourself open, for side trips, because if you are enjoying your trip you will find all kinds of information from locals who will tell you about places that you should just see, if you have mapped out your trip that if you took an extra site seeing trip that it would trow your schedule all off that would have you missing a lot of great events and just bypassing all that free information.

Do not miss an opportunity to take a picture even if the timing is just not right for you, but you will find later down the road you will be wishing you had taken that picture and now you cannot find anything close to it. Traveling light on a bike is smart, a change of clothes, other than your personal toiletries and probably a rain slicker strapped to the back of your bike is enough.

Having a buddy along on a long trip makes for good companionship but than their is a lot to be said for being alone on an adventure, Maybe a good reason for riding alone is how you feel about yourself, handling the uncertainties about yourself that you are prepared to handle the risks on your own. Maybe your buddy gets quite disinterested in the things you want to see as well as on a stop over you are more apt to be able to strike up a conversation when you are alone and not two motorcycle guys that could be a bit intimating to some people, so when you are riding alone you will pick up more local stories as people are interested about you as well as you would like to hear of any local stories.

Riding a bike across country can be a great trip, for tales to tell you grandchildren or just to entertain the boys at the coffee shop. Ride well and be dressed for the occasion, leather is great easy to keep clean and very protective on you journeys.

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