Exploring the world on a motorcycle is one of those adventures that has to be experienced at least once in your life. Traveling is a freeing experience anyway, so when you combine it with the freedom of a motorcycle, the open road is your oyster.
However, every explorer should consider safety, especially when traveling alone. Adding a motorcycle to the mix makes this even more important. No matter how experienced you are with traveling or riding a bike, things can always go wrong and it pays to be prepared.
- Know What You’re Doing
Be aware of the risks. Riding a motorcycle is inherently more risky than many other transportation options, but this doesn’t mean you should dismiss it out of hand. Rather, learn the risks and mitigate them as much as possible.
If you’ve never sat on a motorcycle before, then traveling on one isn’t a good idea. You should first learn the ropes, preferably with the aid of a good trainer. Thankfully, there are plenty of bike schools that will get you to the point that you can confidently ride your chosen motorcycle. Even so, know your limits. Don’t get overconfident on the bike and attempt maneuvers that you’re uncomfortable with.
- Be Focused and Aware
Following on from being aware of potential riding risks, you should always be aware of the road and your surroundings. This is something that any driver needs to do, but motorcyclists especially so. Car and truck drivers can easily miss a motorcycle, so the rider needs to be ready for anything. So, make sure that you’re focused and not distracted. Riding a motorcycle is exciting enough that you shouldn’t be tempted to distract yourself anyway.
While watching out for other vehicles, you should also pay attention to the weather. Poor driving conditions are even more dangerous for bikers than for drivers, as you have far less traction to play with. If you’re riding in the rain, then be as cautious as you can, and don’t be afraid to wait for a bad storm to pass.
- Safety Equipment
The most important thing to consider when riding a motorcycle, whether you’re exploring a far-flung part of the world or just riding your typical work commute, is safety gear. Leathers, gloves, and good boots are important, but the most important part of your safety gear is the motorcycle helmet.
When you’re on a motorcycle, you don’t have the same protection as a driver encased in their metal vehicle. If you do come off your bike, then a helmet will be the one thing that protects you and makes sure that you’re able to walk away.
Of course, don’t let these safety considerations scare you off from exploring via bike. The things that make motorcycles riskier also make them so fantastic to travel on. You aren’t shielded from the world by metal and glass, it’s just you and the open road. But by keeping safety in mind, you can prevent your adventure from being stopped too soon.