Here are a few handy tips that can make your next motorcycling tour a bit more pleasant.
1. Eat at weird times. If you’re traveling on two wheels, you’re likely on your own schedule. Eat before or after the rest of the planet for faster service.
2. A bicycle-style cable lock can secure a jacket and helmet. Run the cable through the jacket sleeves and your helmet’s eyeport.
3. Spend the night on the far side of the city. If you’re only passing through, stay on the opposite end of town from where you come in. That way, you won’t fight traffic the next morning.
4. Trash compactor bags are your friends. They’re thicker than garbage bags, and are great waterproof liners for saddlebags and tank bags, and in a pinch, yourself.
5. Call the hotel for a better rate. Looking for a place to stay? Scope out the hotels on the main drag, pick your fave and call the chain’s toll-free reservation line. You’ll usually get a better rate than if you walk up. Of course, don’t forget to take advantage of any discounts you get for being an AMA member.
6. Go ahead and buy that GPS unit. You know you want to. They really are great for the kind of meandering back road travel that motorcyclists love.
7. Do a daily reality check. It only takes a few minutes to look over your bike every morning for anything out of the ordinary.
8. Make sure you have it all. Before you pull out on the road, make it a habit to glance over at your parking spot one last time. If your tank bag’s sitting on the curb, it’s better to see it now than remember it at your next gas stop 50 miles down the road.