Tips for Riding to Unknown Territories
Taking their iron machines on untravelled tracks is a dream for many bikers. Most riders are always excited to scratch the surface of unknown roads, and face the unexpected — the real adventure. However, such a trail can prove to be a great experience, only when one is certain that many key factors are taken into account before venturing out into unknown territory.
First, the only way to enjoy and have a relaxing bike trip is to ride safely. No matter if the tracks are new, the rules of riding remain the same. All you need to do is follow them.
- Keep a check over your speed and don’t drive fast if you’re far away from emergency services.
- If climbing uphill, stay in low gear to avoid a back flip.
- When driving downhill, avoid tight turns and drive straight rather than driving at an angle.
According to some experienced riders, one should always ride in a group, a group of at least 4 bikes. In case you’re riding alone, talk to local riders and make yourself familiar with the trail to know the exact conditions you might encounter. Keep people around you informed so that they are available for help in case you’re in trouble. Also, never disclose that you are riding alone, but pretend that your fellow riders are on their way!
If you’re planning a long ride, carry a list of local police stations, hospitals, and other emergency services. If possible, organise a ride program with cops to make them aware about your existence.
Apart from this, never forget to carry along important stuff.
Suit up in good quality safety gear. The gear should include — riding pants, ankle boots, back protectors, riding jacket, gloves, and of course, a full face helmet. According to a research, wearing a properly fitted helmet can decrease the risk of serious injury by 80 per cent. From the feeling of convenience to the feeling of confidence, the safety gear will serve you with everything.
To help you with basic repair and quick fixes, your bike has its own basic tool kit; make sure it’s under the seat. It should have –
- Fold-up Allen wrench: These are cheap, easy to find and are used for the removal and tightening of fasteners on your bike.
- A pair of pliers can help straighten, tighten and hold parts and fasteners.
- Tire repair kit is the only solution in the event of a puncture.
- WD-40 is every mechanic’s favorite fluid. It lubricates, cleans, and mysteriously fixes things.
Also, embracing a little technology can make your ride even better. For example, a helmet equipped with Bluetooth can link you to your phone and help you to receive calls. Follow GPS directions and play your favourite music. (May be a good companion on lonely tracks)
Last but not the least — embody an attitude, a right approach to motorcycling. Recollect every bike riding and safety tip that every ride and rider had taught you.