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Tips for Long-Distance Trips — Part III

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There’s nothing quite like taking your bike out on the open road, especially if you’re planning to ride across the country on a long-distance trip. We provided you with several tips for long-distance riding in parts one and two of this ongoing series, so be sure to read through those posts if you haven’t yet.

In today’s entry, we’ll conclude our series by providing you with a few more tips that will help you have a smooth and safe cross-country ride. When you’ve finished reading today’s post, be sure to look through the RC Components catalog to find the perfect custom motorcycle parts for your bike. Whether you need flashy custom motorcycle wheels or a new custom exhaust pipe, you’ll find everything you need in our extensive online store!

Long-Distance Riding Tips Continued

Take Breaks

As you start your trip, remember that you should always stop to stretch your legs throughout your ride. Stopping allows you to refocus your mind and get a break from navigating toward your destination. It also provides you with a great opportunity to take in the beauty around you. The scenery is almost certainly one of the reasons why you decided to go on a long-distance trip, so don’t miss out on taking in the sights along the way!

In part one, we mentioned a few things that you should be sure to pack before you hit the road, and water is another essential you should always have with you. Take a drink and cool off whenever you stop — your body will thank you!

Check the Weather 

As a motorcyclist, it’s important to keep a close eye on the weather along your route. You can check the forecast before you leave your accommodations each morning, but you should also check in whenever you take a break. If any storms have been forecasted along your route, then you should consider pulling off at a rest stop or finding somewhere to take shelter until the weather settles down.

Ride Defensively

Defensive driving is important for every driver, but it’s particularly important for motorcyclists to keep this point in mind whenever they’re on the road. Disregarding the local speed limits puts both you and other drivers at risk, so treat your long-distance trip just like any other ride.

Additionally, be on the lookout for potholes and other road hazards, especially when crossing state and county lines. Many states and counties do not have the funding to invest in extensive road maintenance, which means that a smooth road can quickly turn into a bumpy, hazardous mess.

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We hope that this series will help you hit the road with confidence this summer. Be sure to bookmark our blog page and check back frequently, as we’re always adding helpful resources that can help you become a better rider.

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