We have been talking about what you need to do to prepare for driving because many people are getting on the road again, whether for the first time or after a long hiatus. And they are taking long trips.
All this also applies to motorcycles, which have their own special issues of course. We firmly believe that riding motorcycles can be a fun, efficient and viable way of transportation and indeed can make you a better driver because you need to be much more aware of your surroundings.
Many new motorcycles have been sold over the last year, and many are skewed very differently from the previous years. Younger beginners are picking up scooters, older riders or returning riders are picking up touring and adventure bikes. Many of these have the same issues and concerns, though somewhat tailor-made for each particular type of riding or niche. Adventure riders will need gear that may breathe more and may be more flexible, sport riders are more concerned with sliding down the road and look for leather. Proper Motorcycle helmets are of course needed, but they will also differ depending on your needs and uses. You can even get self-inflating vests and jackets that act like car airbags.
The same concerns that apply to car drivers, though different, also apply to riders. Understand your own abilities and always watch out for your surroundings. On a motorcycle, that change of road color in from of you may mean a change of friction when you reach it. A beautiful bridge between some tall mountains can mean serious wind all of a sudden. Gorgeous curves ahead may beckon, but they may also draw someone doing the same thing in the opposite direction that you can’t see yet.
Traveling while riding is a wonderful experience, and many would much rather ride overseas where the conditions and mentalities make things a bit safer. There are however the same issues. You probably won’t be using your own bike, you may be borrowing or renting so take that into account. You will probably need special insurance, so contact your insurance company and check. Many seasoned riders already know skilled motorcycle accident attorneys in the country they are riding in just in case. As always, an International Driving Permit can be very useful and actually priceless is some cases. The sheer size of the packet we get from the AAP can be impressive to backwater authorities.
As always, the more you do in preparation the safer you will be.