All the adventurous souls out there love challenges, whether it’s mental or physical, they want to do what they believe can’t be done. Or at least can’t be done nimbly. Road tripping on a two-wheeler is one of those things that are challenging and thrilling at the same time for free souls. This is why thousands of motorcyclists hop onto their motorcycles every summer to feel nature more closely than other options of traveling offers. If you’ve never ridden cross-country, see the sites, and find the best, hidden diners along the way, you should do at least one motorcycle trip in your lifetime.
Before you hit the road for a motorcycle rally or a long mesmerizing road trip, it is suggested that you prepare your ride for the journey so you don’t hit any snags while driving on the road. To ensure a hassle-free adventure on the outskirts, to another country, or some great destination within your country, here’s a quick rundown of the things that you should not miss:
Some “spare parts” to carry on your road trip:
When riding through continents or cruising through the backcountry across your state, long-distance motorcycle rides, you need some spares to avoid any inconvenience. There are great chances of breaking down your motorcycle at some point while going on a more than a hundred miles trip, and if you are in nature and your motorcycle breaks down, there is an option your phone will not be working too. At such a critical time, small spare parts and tools in your motorcycle saddlebag can make your life very easy. Additionally, there will be some areas on your way where finding spare parts for your motorcycle will be nearly impossible. Here are some must-have spares for your long road trip:
- At least a pair of Innertubes
- Fork seals
- Wheel bearings
- Valve (extra for your inner tube)
- Three or four oil filters (depending upon the distance you are going to travel)
- Two extra chains and a pair of chain sprockets
- Set of sprockets
- Clutch cable
- Spark plug (two or three for longer trips)
- Extra Fuses
- Two front and rear brake pads each
- Clutch pedal
- Fuel pump
Basic maintenance guideline:
Yes, there are some fixes that only motorcycle mechanics can do but there are many easy fixes that you can do with your basic toolkit and some spares you brought in your add-on luggage without the aid of a mechanic. When going on a tour, you should avoid going to the motorcycle mechanic for simple repairs because it will save you some handsome amount of money. For your convenience, here we have discussed some of the basics that’ll have you speeding off into the sunset without burning a hole in your wallet.
Changing the engine oil:
Changing engine oil is one of the easiest things you can do to keep your engine running smoothly. You should bring a motorcycle-specific engine oil with you on your tour because, in most motorcycles, the engine oil acts as a transmission fluid as well. This is why normal car oils won’t cut it. For an oil change, first, drain your old oil by placing the drain pan under the drain plug, and crack open the plug then wait until all the oil has drained into the drain pan. Once the oil is out, install your drain plug and pour it in the engine oil.
Also, your bike’s oil filter may need to be changed too. A normal wrench will be enough for changing the filter. Lose the filter with the wrench you have until you can unscrew it by hand. Install the new filter by hand, and tighten it until you feel some resistance. Be careful while tightening because if you over-tighten your oil filter, you could damage the seal.
Maintaining the drive chain and battery health:
Get your chain oiled regularly and inspect for getting loose. If it is loose, tighten it with the help of a wrench. To correct the chain tension, lose the axle nut a couple of turns and then tight the feature bolt to increase the chain slack. Also, check the water level of your battery regularly, add some if needed. You can also manage your brakes both front and rear with a simple toolkit.
Check the air pressure in your tire and if it’s not on the right level, use your carry-on air pump to increase the air pressure. Additionally, you can change the tube with a basic puncture kit easily.