How to Get Started Motorcycle Touring

how to get started motorcycle touring

You have decided to take a long-distance motorcycle road trip, so what’s next? In this post, I cover the practical and some “big picture” topics that will make your journey as smooth as possible. Long distance on a motorcycle is a very different experience than by car since you can’t take a lot of stuff …

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How to Plan a Long-Distance Motorcycle Trip

Some folks are OK with just jumping in the car and heading out for a long road trip with as little as maybe checking the oil and filling up with gas. I can’t see too many experienced touring riders doing the same. Traveling on a motorcycle is very different since you are always part of …

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Motorcycle Floorboards and Heel Toe Shifting, Worth It?

Deciding on whether or not to install floorboards and a heel-toe shifter setup is going to be a very personal decision. Reading reviews, and how riders feel about them it seems to be split 50/50. They either love’em or hate them, not too much in between. So, with this in mind, I did some research …

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What to Do When Caught in the Rain on a Motorcycle

If it’s a light rain or brief shower – simply reduce your speed and drive carefully (following the tips below) and you will get to your destination safely – although you may be a little uncomfortable. When the rain is heavier, and particularly accompanied by lightening your primary concern is safety. The intensity of the …

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Motorcycle Headlight – Hi Beam all the Time?

Should I run with high beams on during the day? When you first think it over it seems the correct answer is – yes. Since your hi-beam puts out more light you will be more visible, and being more visible means you are safer, right?  Well, the catch is that modern motorcycle LED technology makes hi-beams extremely …

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18 Unusual Tips & Tricks for Buying a Used Motorcycle

When searching for a used motorcycle the usual items to check off are the model year, mileage, condition and asking price. And to be thorough there are many mechanical and electrical systems checklists you can use in the evaluation. I went a bit further and put together this interesting list of neat trick and unusual tips …

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Which Battery is Best for the Bike? Dry Cell or Wet Cell

dry cell or wet cell battery

Motorcycle batteries come in two different types: dry cell and wet cell. The type you choose will depend on your needs, the age of your bike, and how much money you want to spend. Dry cells are more expensive but they last longer than wet cells. Wet cells are cheaper but can be dangerous if …

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Which Is the Best Motorcycle Gear: Leather or Synthetic Material?

You prioritize safety on your motorcycle, which means carefully considering the riding gear you select. Yes, you want to look cool, but your gear should also offer protection in the event of an accident. Which is the safer and better overall, leather or synthetic material? While synthetic material can safeguard your body in an accident, experts agree leather …

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Should I Replace Both Motorcycle Tires at the Same Time?

No, if the front has enough tread life then it doesn’t need to be replaced with the rear. If however, it has any physical damage or is over 5 years from its date of manufacturer it should be replaced along with the rear. Most seasoned touring riders replace the front every second rear tire change. …

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