As the first guest post on our website, Lucas Knight, blogger at Motor Manner, will give us essential tips on how to embark on a solo motorcycle trip around Europe.
Over the past 10 years, Lucas has been a motorcycle rider. He has built up an incredible passion for traveling by motorbike and always wishes to contribute to motorcyclist community. This is the reason why he created Motor Manner, where his passion turned into useful and interesting information for motorcycle lovers. Visit his blog to read more articles about motorcycle traveling gear reviews and helpful tips!
Europe has some of the best tourist destinations in the world. Making a solo motorcycle trip around Europe to see these beautiful places from the saddle is any bikers dream comes true.
Long solo motorcycle trips around Europe are generally not recommended for safety reasons, but for an ardent motorcycle lover who wants to do things differently and loves to see the world at his own pace, this is one of the best ways to do it.
However, it is common knowledge that solo motorcycle tours would generally take much more planning and preparation than doing the same by car or by some other means.
Going solo also implies that you have to have many points of references and route.
Not only that.
Since you have no backup, you also have to cater for almost everything and you need to have the basic skills of maintenance of the motorcycle.
Here is a list of essential tips for a long solo motorcycle trip around Europe
1. Adding on some extra space
Since space is a major consideration, try adding on some extra storage capacity by means of better-designed clip-on side bags and hard-topped top cases that can be fitted on your motorcycle.
Thereafter straddle and balance out everything, in order to get a rough idea about the overall carrying capacity of your bike.
2. Chalking out your route and itinerary
Once you know the route that you are going to follow, it will become very easy for you to work out as to what special items of clothing you need to carry.
Also, it will give you an idea of other material that you need to carry with you.
You also need to know the same to work out a strategy in case you require some spare parts when you’re going on a long solo motorcycle tour around Europe and are negotiating a difficult terrain.
3. Lay out everything in a clever way
Make a detailed list of all the items you want to take with you and lay them all out in small groups, generally in the order of your packing and use.
Pack all the emergency and essential items separately, so that you can reach for them without any difficulty.
4. Pack carefully
Packing efficiently is an art that should be used well when planning a long solo motorcycle trip around Europe.
It will help maximizing the space and also in catering to your day-to-day needs while you’re out there in the open.
The general idea behind packing efficiently is that you must keep the equipment in the order of its usage and importance of requirement, should any emergency occur en-route.
5. Inspect your bike and get it serviced
Check your bike for the condition and correct inflation of tires, as well as the engine.
It is always a good idea to get a complete service check-up done before moving so that you do not have to worry about small snags that may happen en-route.
Ensure that the tires, controls, lights, oil, lubricants and all essentials have been checked thoroughly.
6. Carry enough protective clothing
Remember Europe is a vast continent and has countries that have varying temperatures and weather conditions throughout the year. Therefore, it is always a good idea to check out the places you are heading to and carry sufficient protective clothing with you.
Use only the best quality helmets, jackets and motorcycle boots so that your health is taken care of.
Also, when you are going on a long trip, you are bound to encounter rainy weather. Therefore, it is essential that you are ready with adequate waterproofing material and carry items that become dry faster.
7. Involve motorcycle help groups and friends
When on a motorcycle trip around Europe it is very important that you have people whom you can contact en-route so that they can help you in the case of need.
There are many biker groups in most cities all over Europe with whom you can maintain contact on your social media platforms. Also, keep the contact information of the friends who live in the countries handy when you plan your travel.
Planning out your long solo motorcycle trip around Europe in minute details will not only give you that extra dash of confidence but also save you a lot of trouble during your trip.