There is nothing quite as exhilarating as a road trip on a motorcycle. Between the rush of the ride, the wind blowing by, the good times and all of the miles, it’s no wonder that there are more motorcycles on the road now than ever before. If you’re planning a long-distance trip on your motorcycle, here are some must-haves for your trip that you may have missed.

Must-Haves for Motorcyclists

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  • A Comfortable Seat

It goes without saying for an experienced rider to make sure that you invest in a comfortable bike seat. If you’re planning on taking a long-distance bike trip, you’ll spend a lot of time on your bottom when riding all day and you’re going to want it to be comfortable. This is one area you won’t want to conserve money at the cost of functionality.

  • Rain Gear

No matter what time of year you’re traveling, odds are that you’ll encounter a little bit (or a lot) of rain. Don’t get left all wet in the middle of your day because you’ve neglected to pack rain gear. Grab a couple of ponchos before you head out on your ride.

  • Strong Tape

There are some moments on a trip when you’ll need to come up with a quick fix to a problem. Tape can often mean the difference between being able to patch up your bike to get it to the next mechanic, or being stranded; waiting for a tow on the side of the highway.

  • Travel Buddies

Traveling with others can turn a boring bike ride into a blast. Consider whether you have some close friends that you can rely on to join you on your trip. Not only can this cut down on costs for hotels or campsites, but it can provide some great opportunities to create memories with friends and relatives.

  • Route Plan

One way to ensure that you’ll stay on track is to make reservations for hotels or campsites along your route ahead of time. When you pre-book your stays before leaving, it gives you a good guide for timing. This is also useful in telling friends or family how to contact you in case of emergency. You should always give someone a rough idea of where your trip will take you and how long you’ll be gone, just in case.

Lastly, make sure that you have valid motorcycle coverage when traveling on your bike. With so much time spent on your bike, it’s more important than ever to confirm you have coverage to protect yourself.

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