10 Tips For An Adventure Ride – Part 1

Adventure riding is where you could make the most of your two-wheeling lifestyle.

There are so many places around the world to explore and they are best explored on a motorcycle. You cannot bring a car onto a goat trail, correct?

But going on an adventure isn’t the case of just hopping on your bike and gunning it into the countryside. The better prepared you are to overcome the challenges, the more fun you are going to have.

1. Set a date and lock it down

Set a realistic date and commit to it. That way, you have a clear timeline to work on your objectives and preparations.

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2. Research

Check out websites and blogs that specialize in adventure touring and riding. There is just so much to discover and learn.

Or buy a good book about dual-sport and adventure riding, such as Carl Adams’ The Essential Guide to Dual Sport Motorcycling. The author covered everything from buying and riding the correct bike and gear to riding techniques.

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3. Set realistic goals

Setting a realistic goal is important. Trying to cover a too-long distance will tire you out and frustrate you. On the other hand, setting a distance too short may cause you to feel that you cheated yourself. Ideally, the trip should also have a reward at the end.

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4. Plan your route

If you are riding solo and not mechanically savvy, it is best to cover a route that passes through civilization. Otherwise, you may find yourself stuck in the middle of nowhere with a broken bike, surrounded by the jungle and without cellular signal.

Always plan for fuel and refreshment stops. Additionally, have contingencies for emergencies. Make sure you map out police stations and hospitals.

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5. Learn Basic Maintenance/Repairs

It is best to learn some basic maintenance such as performing simple troubleshooting and repairs. You should be able to fix punctures, bent or dropped off levers, remove spark plugs, change the engine oil, so forth.

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