Planning Your 2017 Route 66 Trip by Motorcycle

By / 28th September, 2016 / Road Trips / No Comments

 

The Mother Road can be an incredible experience, especially via a motorcycle. Main Street USA traverses across a wide variety of landscapes, climates and locales so it is important to prepare for your journey adequately. Below are some of the best tips for traveling the Mother Road comfortably on your bike.

  • Plan it out
    • Know if you are going to rent a bike, where you are starting from, and how you will be getting yourself (and your bike if not renting,) home.
    • Plan out about how long your trip should take, and set some goals for where you want to hit, when.
    • May-October tends to be the best time to travel across the US.
    • Get your bike checked out to make sure everything is working correctly. This includes making sure that your tires have the appropriate number of miles left on them.
  • Set Realistic Travel Goals
    • The trip is meant to be enjoyable, so make sure you plan enough time to experience the sights, while giving your body the time to rest. It can be very strenuous to ride for long periods of time, and taking care of your body is paramount on a long journey. Rest as often as you need it and consider getting on the road around 7 a.m., because it is a pleasure to watch the landscape wake up. Go to bed somewhat early (about 10 p.m. or so) to ensure that you will be alert and safe on the road.
    • See the attractions.
    • Eat heavier meals at night, nothing is worse than getting sleepy in the middle of your day.
    • Save booze for when your bike is parked for the night.
  • Pack the Essentials
    • Clothes: If you don’t pack it, you’ll probably need it. Bring waterproof, well ventilated equipment. Consider a cooing vest, and extra layers for changes in climate. You may consider purchasing touch screen capable gloves for your smartphone.
    • Maps: Use as a backup if your phone GPS dies, or for loss of service. Michelin Maps are good to use and are available on Amazon .
    • Backup Battery, Bluetooth Equipment: Make sure you bring your GPS capable smartphone for emergencies, and for documenting your journey, as well as a backup power pack. They are inexpensive and can get you through charges. You may consider a Bluetooth enabled helmet so you can listen to your music or directions on your journey.
    • A Toolkit, Fix-a-Flat and a flashlight or headlamp
    • Towel
    • Book