Motorcycle riding techniques vary regarding a variety of factors. These include where you plan on doing most of your riding, the type of motorcycle you have, if you’re planning on doing any long distance touring or off-road riding, how your bike is equipped, and other considerations. For example, if you use your motorcycle for everyday commuting and local trips around town, you’ll have different needs than if you were embarking on a coast-to-coast road trip. Similarly, the riding techniques used when getting off the road on a trail bike or a motocross track are quite different than those utilized for a typical street bike excursion.
The riding techniques and equipment that are necessary for a successful long road trip should always be carefully planned and attended to. The size and style of the bike is of primary importance as it would never be a good idea to embark on a lengthy road trip on an undersized or underpowered motorcycle. Accessories and equipment to consider are a full windscreen, crash bars, buddy seat if necessary, and suitable saddlebags and other storage devices. Small trailers are available should you have the need for additional storage. Proper riding apparel is very important when planning a long trip and should always include a helmet with face screen, leather riding suit, gloves, and sturdy protective footwear. Careful trip planning is an important factor as well, for by establishing a itinerary and route plan you can calculate the distances you’d like to cover per day, where your fuel and meal stops will be, side trips you might like to take, and where your overnight layovers are, whether they are motels, campgrounds, or maybe just a couch at a friend’s house.
Local riding, whether commuting to work or just taking day trips out of town, doesn’t necessarily require the careful planning of an extended road trip. but techniques and proper equipment still play a significant role. Like so many things, skill comes with experience and as time goes on you’ll find that your individual motorcycle riding techniques will continue to develop as you become a seasoned, safe, and accomplished rider.
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