Just because you hear the call of the road doesn’t mean you have to jump on your bike and forget about your life for the next 10 days. It may be better to skip some joyrides and trips, especially if you don’t have the time, money, or anyone else who can be your travel partner. As motorcyclists, we understand riding is not always safe and we have to weigh the pros and cons of our possible future routes against a multitude of factors. Some factors are in our favor and others we should stay away from at all costs.
So when is it a good idea to ride and when should you stay at home?
When you are familiar with the area and the season
We recommend traveling to places you have been before. Going somewhere you are used to may not sound like the best adventure, but it is better than not leaving at all. When you want to leave in a hurry and get to your destination, you can navigate to the place as if you were there yesterday. No getting lost or asking for directions. Just pack and ride.
When time is not a factor
If you are going on a long vacation and you have plenty of time to spare for detours and getting lost, then it is an ideal time to ride. You should take your jackets and rain gear with you when riding. You might be thinking Why Should You Wear a Leather Motorcycle Jacket? Well, your motorcycle protective jackets will keep you warm in the cold, your motorcycle rain gear will protect you from getting hypothermia, and it will be easy for you to backtrack if you get lost.
If there is a natural disaster waiting to happen
When we say natural disaster, we do not mean a tsunami or an earthquake. No one, not even the best equipment, can predict when they are going to happen. To us, natural disasters that we can avoid are hurricanes, tropical storms, wildfires, and landslides. If there are extensive warnings about any of these disasters, then find another way around or turn around and go back home.
If you don’t have anyone to go with you
Many motorcyclists go by themselves, but it is always better to travel in a group. If you can wait for a buddy or two to join you instead of leaving on your own. Going alone may get you there faster, but no one will help you if you are in danger and everything will be more expensive. Plus, traveling in a group means you will make more memories!
But before you leave anywhere, check all of your motorcycle riding gear and make sure everything is in tip-top shape. The worst thing a motorcyclist can do is rely on their shoddy worn-out gear to keep them safe. When the time comes, replacing your gear with pristine brand new gear is essential to motorcycle safety. If you do not have the money to replace your gear, you should not go on vacation. Don’t travel with a brown leather motorcycle jacket with holes. If you see your leather motorcycle gloves coming apart at the seams, cancel your motel booking and replace your gloves.
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