There’s no denying motorcycle road trips can be a fun-filled adventure. But for motorcyclists, road tripping is not as simple as gassing up the car and heading off to your destination. There’s also a big difference between motorcycling along a local highway on a Sunday afternoon and traversing hundreds of miles on a cross-state journey.
First-time road trips on a motorcycle can be an initiation into new rigors. In a poll of American Motorcyclist Association staff members, some respondents said learning the best ways to approach a long tour can take years of trial and error. AMA staffers offer a range of insider tips, such as “carry a backpack hydration system so you can drink while you ride” and “a nap can do wonders on a long day.”
Without the luxury of space, packing what you need for a trip on your bike can be even more challenging. We compiled a list of motorcycle trip planning essentials from experienced riders and the Harley Davidson website.
So, before you head on down the highway, here are 26 things you should consider: