Announce your whereabouts. Text, Tweet, Post, Scope, Snap and check in! In the rare event something happens, a well mapped public record is always a good idea.
Bring a spare key.
Carry a backpack Hydration system such as a Camelbak, bottle water, small snacks for energy, and
Sign up for AMA Roadside Assistance.
To sign up, call the AMA at: 800-262-5646.
Nothing is more annoying than a few flyaway hairs in your helmet. Ladies, invest in a pony cover, or stretch headband to keep your hair in check, and out of the way.
Buy instead of pack. If you’re short on room, leaver cheaper items at home tht can simply be purchased at a convenience store as needed,
Your journey hinges on your motorcycle's performance, so make sure your hog is up to the task.
15. Note your bike's load limits
Your owner's manual and VIN plate should both list the Gross Vehicle Weight Rating (GVWR). This is the maximum total weight your bike should carry at one time. Try to stay under this limit.
16. Tighten suspension accordingly
Stiffening the suspension is a good countermeasure as your luggage, racks, and other items transform how your bike handles.
17. Inflate the tires
The tire pressure you usually maintain while riding about town may not be enough for your bulky, long-distance trip, so check the instructions in your owner's manual and adjust as needed.
18. Aim your headlamp
With gear strewn about, make sure not to block the path of your headlamp.
19. Inspect key components
Give your bike a good once-over:
20. Go for a test ride
This is the best way to know what to expect when you set off (and what needs adjusting so you can make it past the driveway).
22. Bring proper documents if crossing the border
Heading into Canada or Mexico? Don't forget your passport, other necessary documents, and maybe even some local currency.
Don't forget one last crucial item on your motorcycle road trip checklist — strengthening your motorcycle insurance to withstand the risks of the road.
For instance, adding towing and labor coverage can give you peace of mind in case you get stranded. And trip interruption coverage provides the ultimate in long-distance-riding security, with funds for alternate transportation, lodging, and food to hold you over while waiting for bike repairs.
Carry ear plugs. High pitched tones over a long duration can cause inner ear damage.
Wear glasses? Bring an extra pair. If you wear contacts, make sure you bring a spare set.
You spent all this time checking your bike, now its time to check you! Get good sleep, pay attention to riding fatigue, never ride outside your limits. Stretch before you ride. Your back will thank you. Eat smart! High protein light breakfasts, followed by a medium lunch and a well balanced dinner. Avoid high sugars during breaks. Sugar loaded energy bursts sound like a great idea, but the sudden crash will cause premature riding fatigue and make it more difficult to recover from the pre-nap grog.
Make sure your gear is up to date. Phone, Communication system, GPS unit, smartwatch and anything else you might rely on for navigation and safety.
Playlists are essential to sanity. Download hours of music to your phone or mp3 player ahead of time, and avoid the frustration of listening to your 29 song playlist 100 times.
Must to have a valid passport to cross in to Canada, have it in an quick easy accessible location on your bike to give to the agent.
You may scoff at authority, show them respect by turning your bike off, removing your eye wear before they have to ask, that will go a long way with them.
The past always bites us in the ass, so be upfront and speak matter of fact with any details that may raise an eyebrow. If you carry any papers that support a pardon etc, have them ready to show if they ask for them.
I Have a DUI, what do I do?
A big surprise for most Americans is that they may be turned away at the Canadian border if they have any type of alcohol related offence.
Sadly it doesn’t matter:
If they ask to look in your bags, best to get off your bike, unlock and open them, then step back and let them have a look. Most times they will let you close the compartment/saddle bags, which is good because then you know it is shut and won’t have shit flying out as you ride down the road.