The road is calling you. I know you’ve heard that call quite a few times this spring and beginning of summer. The call for a long ride on your bike–a road trip. Road trips unleash the adventure we long for. Oftentimes, motorcycle road trips can be a bit of a challenge with the unknowns of packing down a 600 pound bike with clothing, your motorcycle cover, and everything else you need to bring along. Take the guesswork out of your packing routine with these tips.
Too often have we heard stories of bikers strapping down a bag or sleeping bag to their front fender. Remember that the engine needs proper airflow to keep it cool, and no one wants an overheated engine. The cooling air comes across the front fender and over the engine.
The CG (center of gravity) of most bikes lies near the top of the transmission case. Keep this in mind when planning to distribute weight around this point. Your want your bike to ride evenly and have a solid center of mass. Utilize saddle bags and other storage wisely and remember your CG.
Your bike and gear have load limits that should be observed, keeping you free from potential dangers or incorrect load placement. If you overload your bike, will it crash? Hopefully not, but it could certainly increase the chances, and it will increase stopping time.
With the increase in load, tire pressure should be increased to allow for a consistent ride. Riding on tires without enough air pressure will cause the tire to overheat and possibly come apart in transit.
Keep your exhaust pipe and other ‘burn ready’ areas from contact with your saddle bags and luggage. Saddle bags can burn or become dislodged from heat exposure.
Rain is inevitable for any road trip. Protect your bike with a travel motorcycle cover when you stop to eat or spend the night. A motorcycle cover will keep your bike dry and ready to ride, no matter the weather.
With the load adjustment, your handling will be different from a bike that has no additional weight. Strengthen your suspension and tighten connections.
Is your motorcycle protected from theft and weather damage? DuraShield motorcycle covers keep your bike under wraps for travel, storage, and outdoor parking.