Like a significant portion of the 10.4 million motorcycle and ATV riders in the U.S., you yearn to explore the world around you. This can be accomplished through local day rides, but if you’re looking to take your motorcycle travels to the next level, an adventure trip should be on your bucket list. As you plan for the motorcycle or ATV journey of a lifetime, be sure to pack the essentials necessary to maximize comfort while promoting safety. These should include everything from water to decent walking shoes and even trash bags.
Water And Water Purification
Dehydration poses your greatest risk any time you happen to be stranded. Even when your bike is in working condition, keeping hydrated should always remain a priority. The Motorcycle Safety Foundation recommends avoiding carbonated beverages and taking frequent rest breaks when you’re riding in arid climates. But most importantly, you should always carry multiple bottles of water or a hydration pack. Even these will run out quickly in a motorcycle emergency, so carry a water purification system, as well as a container for keeping fluids. And don’t forget to include some food in your kit…
Depending on the nature of your motorcycle or ATV malfunction, you may be able to fix the problem on your own provided you’re equipped with the right tools. A battery charger is always useful, particularly if your bike has been inactive for a lengthy period of time. Portable solar chargers can be helpful when you’re away from hookups, provided, of course, you’re in a reasonably sunny region. It’s important to match your charger to your motorcycle’s unique attributes; a quick browse at an online motorcycle store should be sufficient to land the perfect portable charger. Also consider a solar powered cell phone charger.
When you’re trying to keep everything condensed for a long road trip, it helps to pack lightweight, multipurpose tools. Believe it or not, this is the exact category in which trash bags belong. The heavy-duty variety can double as a tarp or a poncho. It can even double as a sleeping bag when you’re forced to rough it over night, recommends Cycle World. Trash bags take up little space, making them the perfect solution when you lack the space required to pack a legitimate tarp or sleeping bag.
Yes, looking stylish is always important when you’re on the open road, but if you find yourself stranded with a faulty bike, the last thing you need is to rough it in impractical footwear. In the event of emergency, you could wind up walking several miles in order to access running water, a working phone line or a safe place to sleep at night. Ideally, your motorcycle boots will be comfortable enough when a long walk is required, but also sturdy enough to keep your feet protected should a crash occur. Motorcycle Traveler Online recommends a high-quality boot with replaceable soles.
Tire Repair and Tool Kit
A flat tire can leave you stranded, and if you’re out exploring mountain trails or desert paths then you could be miles from anyone or help when it happens, so having a tire repair kit is a must (I also include a hand-pump when I go ATV riding), as well as a small tool kit. And don’t forget to include a first-aid kit, because you’ll probably need it when you start making repairs, I usually do…
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