Motorcycle road trip

Plan to hit the road and ride�for hundreds, maybe thousands of miles�in search of�adventure?.�Before you head out, here are a few tips :

Get Off The Interstates

Personally, I only drive the interstate if I want to get somewhere in a hurry. When I'm touring on my motorcycle, it's a different story. I want to see the countryside, and experience the local flavors and food. That's why I most always travel the back roads in search of adventure. Small town cafes and museums are the best, especially if you've left some time to enjoy. If you plan ahead, you could be enjoying a picnic lunch beside a babbling brook outside some small town by tomorrow noon!

Travel Lightly

One thing is for sure about motorcycle travel - you will be packing lightly. Just the essentials, and maybe some food and drink for breaks. Most small towns have a laundromat, so you can wash the few clothes you do pack. Even if you plan on camping most nights, think about staying in a motel with a shower every three days or so. The change will be delightful, and you can get some serious rest before hitting the road.

Don't forget any prescription (or non-prescription) medications such as antacid, ibuprofen and some personal items like a toothbrush and toothpaste. I always bring a large container of water, and fill it regularly along the way. You never know when you might get stranded without fresh water!

Pack For Emergencies

In addition to basic medications as mentioned above, I usually carry a good flashlight (with new batteries), a tire repair kit, a towel to lay on if I have to make repairs, and a tool kit - something beyond the standard kit that comes with most bikes. You would be wise to pack an extra, fully charged cell phone battery. If you're riding through "buggy" territory, carry some insect repellent, to keep the critters out of your helmet!

Keep Your Schedule Open

For sure, make a basic schedule for the big stuff - start and ending locations, but for really fun and interesting road trips, keep the "in between times" somewhat casual. For example, if you found an interesting town or a museum that a few hours visit just wouldn't do, you can come back the next day, finish your visit and be on your way. The same applies for most everything else - evening activities, local attractions - and more. This "casual" planning can take the stress out of road trips.(Ezine:Sam Gentry)

Here's some other tips to consider:

1. Check the weather forecast
2. Be prepared for the weather-pack & dress accordingly
3.Dress in layers- temperatures will fluctuate
4.Gear up:a full face helmet is a good idea for lengthy road trips
5.Bring enough but not too much- consider how overload will effect your riding
6.Load up your motorcycle properly- saddle bags are a great investment. Remember to balance the weight
7.Bring a few tools
8.Hydrate-pack a bottle of water
9.Bring a map
10.Carry thermal gear-neck warmer, thermal gloves