When I was kid, my civics teacher told us how every summer, he and some of his friends drove across the country on their motorcycles. I thought it was the coolest thing. Since then I’ve had friends take similar tours and have even taken several trips myself. I recommend such a vacation to everyone. If you are lucky enough to be skilled on a motorcycle, you’d be crazy not to take advantage of your talent, the road and the fact that in America, there is always somewhere to go and a road that can take you there.
Whether you’re a lone rider or have a group of friends to plan a trip with, the first thing to do is figure out how much time you can take. Even if you don’t have a long vacation available, there’s a tour out there for you. If you’re an east coaster or a mid-westerner, consider a tour of the Great Lakes. If you have more time, you should absolutely drive across the country. You can either map a route yourself, choosing the sites you want to stop and see, or there are guided tours you can hope onto.
The key is to know your pace. Guided tours have very specific itineraries and if you tend to enjoy a faster pace, or maybe you prefer to stop and see more of the sites, you’d be doing yourself and everyone else involved a disservice by joining the tour.
If you’re looking for a more intensive experience, consider road tripping to any of the dozens of motorcycle rallies that happen around the country. Taking place throughout the year and throughout the country, these rallies can be a fun way to meet other bikers, learn about new motorcycle accessories and just have a great time.
The most important suggestion is that before you take to the road, you should know a bit about the maintenance of your bike. I’ve known several people who found themselves stranded because they really knew nothing about their bikes… they were just in it for blind adventure. Maybe invest in a garage class. It’ll make your trip more relaxed if you know you can take care of an emergency.
Seeing America is a must do for anyone, but seeing it from a motorcycle is an amazingly unique experience, so if you have the opportunity don’t miss out. Be safe and enjoy yourself.
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