If you have spent a good amount of time searching the top rental sites for the right two-wheeler, you must be thinking that you are good to go now. But let's not hurry here. There is more to the story. A good rental motorbike is just the start. You must also know how to properly prepare for the road trip if you want to make the best out of it.
Do you know the 7P's of the British Army? It stands for Proper Planning and Preparation Prevents Piss Poor Performance. Meaning if you plan things properly, you will be able to perform well. For this reason, we've compiled a list of things to consider on a road trip with a rental motorbike. Use this checklist as a guide to help you prepare well for your road trip with a motorbike rental.
First and foremost, you must have the following document with you when you go for renting a motorbike as well during your journey.
- Passport or identification card.
- A motorcycle driver's license (If your driver's license was issued outside of Singapore, you'd need an international license).
- Insurance proof for motorcycles.
2) Carry All The Safety Gears
The second most important thing that must be considered is the safety gear. Before you leave for the trip make sure that you have all the necessary safety gear with you. These gears include the following items:
- Full face helmet
- Motorcycle jacket with back, arm, and shoulder protectors.
- Motorcycle pants with protective inserts.
- Motorcycle gloves and boots
3) Ensure Your Bike is in Good Condition
Before setting out for the road trip, double-check your motorcycle to make sure that everything is in working order. You must make sure that your motorcycle is not only comfortable but also in top condition. As you might encounter rough road tracks too, your bike should be prepared for anything. So, before you embark on your journey, make sure your motorcycle is ready to ride. Remember to get a plan from a motorcycle route planner to make it easier to find where you're heading.
4) Check The Weather
Another important factor to consider before embarking on a road journey is the weather conditions. As the weather in Singapore is mostly humid, rain can be a big spoiler. Therefore, it is important to check if you have a clear path ahead. The ideal weather to travel on the roads is around the time of early fall and early summer. We personally recommend the central region and Jurong West for a leisure ride.
5) Pack The Essentials
When it comes to packing for a road trip, everyone has their own preferences. Some people travel with luggage, while others travel with backpacks. Regardless, when packing for a road trip, keep it as light as possible. Take only the items that are absolutely necessary for your journey. There is no need to carry dozens of outfits. The need to change the clothes will depend upon the weather. If the weather is right, you won't feel the need to change too often.
6) Wear The Right Clothes
When it comes to taking a road trip on a motorcycle, it is important to dress appropriately. You should wear a comfortable t-shirt, a full-face helmet, ankle boots, and riding pants. You can also wear a jacket if that makes you feel more comfortable. If your journey is going to be on rough tracks, elbow and knee protection are essential. In short, all your clothing items should ensure two things comfort and the right, as baggy clothes can make long-distance motorbike riding uncomfortable and uneasy.
7) Make Stops in Between
Riding a bike can be more tiring than driving a car; you may need to get more rest than usual. Saddle sores can develop if you ride a motorcycle for a long period of time without making a stop. So, you need to make sure to plan your stops ahead of time. Avoid going overboard because it will not only stretch the trip but also frustrate you. Make use of the break and hydrate your body, and rest. Also, keep checking your bike during these breaks to be on the safe side.
8) Use Motorbikes With Luggage Space
If you are going a long way from home we highly recommend using motorcycles with luggage space. There are many motorcycles that come with a good amount of space where you can store all the essentials you brought for the trip. This will help you shed the load of heavy backpacks and add to the overall comfort level (as carrying a heavy load can strain your back and shoulders pretty quickly).
9) Plan Your Routes Ahead of Time
It might not seem important to you to thoroughly study the routes before you set out, as GPS navigation is always an option. But GPS is not a reliable source to rely on for the routes as there is always a possibility of a GPS failure. Hence, always pre-plan and decide the routes you are going to take during the trip. If you face any problem deciding your routes, Klook can always help you plan the perfect road cruise that too at affordable rates. All you have to do to get the best Klook travel packages at cheap rates is use the Klook discount codes from our site.
Riding a motorcycle for a long period of time can be exhausting. Especially if you're riding on twirling roads you've never been on before. When you add in jet lag, you'll be feeling dead by the end of the day. To avoid this, we recommend that you start exercising regularly a few weeks before your trip. This way your body will be trained to take in more stress and you won’t get exhausted easily. Consequently, the motorbike tour will be more easier and pleasurable for you. Last but not least, please remember to keep yourself hydrated throughout the journey. The fun time during the trip should not be based on health compromises.
A good rental motorbike with comfortable seats and luggage space is a must for any successful road trip. Along with it, these basic road trip considerations are also necessary to ensure an enjoyable journey. So, keep these 10 things in mind before embarking on the adventurous ride to make the most out of your road trip.