Learn from other riders Mistakes! Motorcycle Touring Mistakes.
Some people never learn from other riders mistakes, but I will be positive as usual and I really hope that you will listen with open minds. I don’t have any goals to correct you, teach you or change you I just want to help you.
N: 1 – Never ride fast.
I said this so many times, but I will do it again. I don’t know why everybody wants to have these big, fast and powerful bikes, 100, 120, 150 h.p. On a long motorcycle trip you need constant not top speed. It is much better to be very strict instead of fast rider. If you ride with 100km/h and stopping once per 2 hours, you will cover more km for short period of time than if you ride with 140km/h and stop every hour. Yes, of course if you travel with 140 and stop once per two hours you will be fast, but how many of you are able to do this day after day without risking to have speed tickets, to make accident or a navigation mistake. You can make it on the German highways, because there are no speed limits, but to be honest this is the last place I want to go when I travel with my motorcycle.
N: 2 – Never ride with top case.
I am sure that many riders will attack me now, because they love their top cases, but as usual I will try to convince you to leave it home The top cases are great to ride in the City, to store all of your stuff, even the helmet in, but on the long trip they are pain the ass. After many riding days you will need to change some bolts on it, to fix the broken holder or subframe. If you plan off road section it’s almost guaranteed that you will break it or lose at all.
N: 3 - Never load spare tires with you.
They are too big and too heavy. In the best scenario they will weights about 10kg. If you have big adventure bike maybe more. Because if the shape they have you need to put it on the top of your bags, or on both sides of your hard cases or saddle bags. In both cases you will have difficult access to the stuff on it and every time when you need something you have to remove it. Also, as I said they are too heavy and you need to tight them really well, but because of the weight they will move all the time and you need to stop and re tight it again and again
N: 4 – Never rely only on your smart phone GPS.
Smart phones are great and we love it. In this small device you can upload 3-4 different options, like google maps, Here, City go and so on. They are much easier to use than the standard GPS or paper maps. That’s right, they are, but when they work. The batteries of the smart phones died very quick. The power from the outlets helps, but not always. Sometimes, when you use the GPS internet and phone at the same time, the 12V charger cannot really recover the battery. Maybe keep it in some level, but not fully charged. On the sunny days visibility is not good, which makes the riding more difficult. Another good reason is that the smart phones overheat pretty quickly, usually when you really need it. You can have it as a backup option, but never rely only on it. The simple, cheap GPS will work ten times better than your fancy and expensive smart phone
N: 5 – Never go with loud open exhaust.
It might sound cool when you ride around your neighbourhood, but you will definitely regret on the long trip. When you have to spend many days with all of that sound you will come to the conclusion which I just gave you and it’s not only for you, it will be the same for the riders behind you. Make sure that it has at least DB killer and Euro stamp on it. In many counties, especially in Europe, police might stop you, charge you some money and even not let you to ride your bike with this exhaust.
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