Get Ready For A Weekend Ride
Spring is here and more motorcyclists are taking to trails and
streets as the weather continues to improve. However, those heading
out for a long weekend ride are encouraged to take some steps to
ensure they are completely ready. It's been a long and harsh
winter, so making sure everything is up to snuff will likely pay
1) Get Supplies Ready
Going on a long trip likely means a rider
will need some extra supplies, especially for those who are camping
out. Here are a number of things to consider packing:
- Extra water and food in case a rider finds themselves out in
the wilderness away from a store.
- An extra set of clothes in case something happens to the
clothes a rider is wearing.
- A first-aid kit just to be safe
In addition, riders are reminded to fill up their gas tank before
2) Check Your Bike
Before heading out for the weekend, a
rider should assess the state of their bike, especially if it has
been sitting in a garage all winter. Here are some things to look
Make sure both tires are properly inflated. Even if just one of the
tires is suspect, it might be a good idea to have it replaced
before heading out on a long trip.
Riders will also want to check to see if headlights, brake lights
and turn signal lights are all working properly.
- Fluids: It's
also important to make sure all fluids are topped off before taking
This is one of the most important aspects of a bike, so ensure
brakes are working properly.
3) Purchase New Gear
Experienced motorcyclists know they
just aren't heading out on a weekend trip with their bike, as they
also need gear. Whether it's making a sure a helmet is ready for
the riding season or a jacket still fits
after a long winter, riders are encouraged to check their gear
before leaving. If anything needs to be replaced, it's likely a
good idea to purchase some new motorcycle gear.
4) Plan A Trip
Aside from making sure supplies, gear
and a bike are ready for a weekend trip, riders will also want to
map a route. This goes double for those heading off-road. Bringing
along a map, instead of just the GPS on your smartphone, will
ensure a rider knows their location, even when cell phone service
is not working. However, adequately planning is a surefire way to
avoid any issues.
5) Have Fun!
Now is a great time to be a motorcyclist. The weather is only getting better and the riding season has begun, so enjoy it.