Riding is not only starting your bike and going for a short spin, its all about preparing yourself for all possible conditions. Breakdowns and accidents are a part of the ride all it takes is a little precaution before you start off for a ride. Its not only the urge to reach the destination but to enjoy the journey as well.
Below are a few points to remember before you go for a solo bike ride.
1. Choose the right Bike:
No matter what kind of a bike you choose, you must always be comfortable on it. Do some modifications like changing the handlebar and the headlight to make yourself more comfortable. remember that its not just about looking cool, but also riding it well.
2. The riding attire:
Your riding gear plays a very important role in your bike ride. a full face helmet is a must to avoid a face bust. Proper riding jacket with armor or a full sleeve leather jacket serves the right purpose. A denim jeans wont save you hence invest in riding pants or knee guards. The safety of the rider and the ride lies in the hands and legs of the rider hence choose the right pair of hand gloves and shoes. All the gears must fit properly without any lose fixtures.
3. Pack light:
Try to pack as light as you can. Invest in the right kind of bagpack or a saddle bag to ensure the weight is equally distributed on the bike. carry as much disposable stuff possible which can be used and discarded, this will help you to cut down weight as you travel.
4. Stay hydrated:
Consume as much water as you can. Staying hydrated helps you in various manners. You feel much comfortable and less stressed, it keeps you awake and fresh. If possible invest in a hydration bag which is very convenient to carry.
5. Know the route:
Not everyone is good with remembering the routes and directions. Its better either to carry a map if you are travelling to a distant place or save maps on your smartphones which works online. Its pretty easy to get lost and thats when you can communicate with the locals and get back on track.
6. Eat light:
The lesser you eat the more fresh you stay. Do not over eat at it takes good energy to digest and you may end up feeling drowsy. instead have a light breakfast and early lunch break. carry energy bars which give you the right amount of energy required for the ride.
7. Take ample breaks:
Just as your body requires breaks, your bike requires break too. Take breaks so that you rejuvenate and the bike cools down a little too. Always stop or take a break near places where you can buy water or fuel up. On every break do check the amount of water and fuel you have.
8. Carry tool kits and medical kits:
The roads are unpredictable, always carry a spare part kit and the right tool kit so that you can work on something. A first aid kit is pretty import to carry along as you may need it anytime.
9. A Pre ride check up:
Always do a serious inspection of your bike before you hit the road. Check the oil level, check the brakes, thech all the electrical parts such as headlights, indicators, tailights, and horns. Many times when you ride there are chances that your bike may breakdown. In such cases do not panic and understand the situation. Carry extra wires, cables, tubes, fuses and a few more necessary things. Check if there is any fluid leakage from any part of the bike.
10. Carry extra clothes:
Be it monsoon or summers, you are tend to get wet due to rains or sweat. Thus carry extra clothes as they do matter a lot. Bikers tend to be uncomfortable while riding in sweaty or wet clothes.
11. Check the Tyres:
One of the most essential part of the bike which is ignored many times. Always check for the tyre coditions apply sealants if there are visible cracks. Tyre pressure needs to be monitored with utmost care. During summers, the tyre tends to expand due to heat so always fill a point or 2 lesser than the usual pressure. Do a thorough visual check to be sure that your tyres are in good shape and condition. Always spin the wheel so that you can see if there is any issue, resolve any issue if seen, after all you are trusting your life on a Rubber.
12. Be in speed limits:
As it is always said, “Speed thrills but Kills” always ride safe and follow the speed limits. Do not play with life by over speeding and overtaking from wrong sides. Better late than never.
13. Know the local rules and regulations:
Always study about the rules and regulations of the place you are riding to, to avoid inconvenience. Make sure that you carry all necessary documents of the bike and a valid license.
14, Be Safe:
Follow all the rules and regulations, always wear a helmet and always apply brakes when required. RIDE HARD RIDE SAFE.