Friday, May 11, 2018

Packing Tips for Long Rides

Are you planning on setting out on a longer road trip this riding season? Since most of us have been cooped up in the cold, anxiously waiting to get back on our bikes, we’re thinking your answer is probably yes. But before you head out for a longer ride, we want to help you prepare when it comes to packing. Check out a few of our tips on how to pack for long distance travel.
  • Only Pack the Necessities - We realize necessities might look different for each rider depending on the type of trip you’re taking, but one thing you’ve got to understand - less is more on a motorcycle. When prepping for your trip, lay out all of the items you plan on packing and make a point to eliminate any non-essentials from there. You don’t want to have items weighing your bike down that you aren’t going to use. Wearing the same clothes more than once is going to be your reality on certain trips - and that’s okay - there’s bound to be a laundromat somewhere along your route if you really need it. 
  • Check the Weather - We know checking the weather seems obvious, but when you’re going on longer trips the weather can change fast. Check the upcoming forecast for each day of your trip and keep weather updates on your phone. Knowing the temperature of where you’re headed each day can help you tremendously when packing. Leave room in your bags should the weather change and you need to load up your jacket, rain gear, etc. It’s also a good idea to have trash bags handy if your bags aren’t waterproof. Trust us, rain can hit out of nowhere. 
  • Pick the Right Bags for Your Trip - The length of your trip, the quantity of items, and whether or not you have a passenger on board should all go into picking the right bag for your ride. There are tons of great options on motorcycle bags from saddlebags to tank bags to backpacks (we actually checked out some awesome motorcycle backpacks here, if you’re interested). If you pack light and stay organized you might be able to fit everything in one or two of those options, but if you need more space you do have the option of adding a motorcycle luggage rack. Safety is a top priority, so make sure everything is strapped on tight and that no luggage items/bags are blocking the airflow to the engine.
  • Take a Test Drive - Before setting out on your ride it’s a good idea to take a quick test drive with all of your packed items on board to see how they feel on your bike. Are you feeling too weighed down? You might need to take a look at your “essentials” and make a change, eliminate items, or make a few tweaks in bag positioning. You want to make sure everything feels perfect on your test drive so you can sit back and enjoy the open road. 
There you have it - the packing tips you need to know for taking those longer rides. We are excited to get out on the road and hope these tips have helped you realize less is more when it comes to packing on a motorcycle. What are some of your tricks for packing for long distance travel on your bike? Do you have any longer trips coming up? Let us know in the comments below.
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Thursday, May 10, 2018

In Case You Missed It: May Moto News

There’s always something new to catch you up on in the motorcycle industry. This month, we’ve picked 5 stories you don’t want to miss. Check out the latest May headlines below.
  • Harley Announces Plan to Hire Interns to Ride Across America - Harley-Davidson recently announced their plan to hire a few lucky interns to ride across America as a part of their #FindYourFreedom internship. Harley will teach each intern how to ride a motorcycle with their H-D Riding Academy course. The chosen few will then collaborate with Harley’s marketing team to create unique social media content while they are out on the road to help Harley with their goal of growing and raising awareness for motorcycling. And get this - each intern gets to keep the Harley they’ve been riding for FREE (yeah, you read that right). Read More
  • Indian and Carey Hart to Celebrate Armed Forces Day With Troops - Indian Motorcycle and freestyle motocross rider, Carey Hart have teamed up to take Hart’s “Good Ride” fundraising platform overseas to soldiers based out of U.S. Army Garrison (USAG) Stuttgart in Germany. “Good Ride Salutes USAG Stuttgart” will honor U.S. military soldiers with an Armed Forces Day ride and barbeque celebration on May 20th. To support the ride, Indian Motorcycle will donate up to $30,000 to the Infinite Hero Foundation from test rides completed at Indian Motorcycle dealerships during the month of May. It’s always awesome when the motorcycle industry gives back. Read More
  • Ducati Scrambler 1100 Hosts Open House Events at Select Dealers - Select Ducati dealers recently hosted events across the U.S. and Canada to celebrate and introduce the new Scrambler 1100 to the public. Consumers had the opportunity to test the new model which is available in three distinct variants, the standard Scrambler Icon, the Scrambler 1100 Special, and the Sport version. We are excited to see these bad boys out on the road. Read More. 
  • Harley Debuts New Retro-Inspired Helmets - In other Harley news, the manufacturer recently released a line of helmets that have old-school style and modern protection in a continuing effort to attract new riders. There are three helmets in the line, each complete with modern functionality and a retro look. These helmets are available at over 750 authorized Harley-Davidson Riding Gear & Apparel retailers across the U.S. Time will tell if these helmets will help the effort to gain new riders, but we’re feeling their look. Read More
  • And for all your powersports folks out there… Polaris Celebrates 20th Anniversary of the RANGER - For the past 20 years, Polaris’ RANGER has been one of the top selling utility side-by-sides, and the company plans on celebrating this milestone. Polaris is calling upon RANGER owners to share their stories about their unit for the chance to win one of three ultimate RANGER experiences. The winner will pick from an all-expense paid ultimate rodeo, fishing, or hunting adventure hosted by professionals for a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Read More
Which stories interested you this month? Let us know your opinions and thoughts in the comments below. 
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