There are also happy people who have a summer vacation! No matter how they joke that with money it is summer at any time of the year, but still it is much more pleasant to ride a motorcycle to distant in the midst of warm days. If you are not going on an impromptu trip, but it also happens, then let’s remember what you need to know before the trip.
As a team or alone?
How do you like to travel – alone or in a company? Alone you are your own master and do not depend on others, at any time you can get off the planned route. It is much more fun to travel with a company, you can rent a conscientious house, which will be cheaper.
However, if you are putting together a team for the trip, but like to deviate from the set course, you can agree with the team about the meeting point. This is done when there are different interests within the group and some of the pilots want to see one place, while other pilots choose a different route.
The selection of the team is strongly influenced by the characteristics of the motorcycles. Consider the capabilities of the motorcycles of all participants in your journey, maximum speeds and the ability to ride for a long time without stopping.
This is the most important and tedious part of your journey. The better prepared you are, the better your trip will be. It is not enough to make a list of the places you would like to visit. The itinerary should include the stops you need for both personal hygiene and motorcycle maintenance. Try to plan your way through gas stations, because they have the minimum set of everything you need on the road, and it’s just calmer when the question of gasoline is not gnawing at the subcortex of the brain.
Look at the entrances to attractions on the maps. Not every object is allowed to drive up into a dense one. Are there any parking lots there at all?
Consider your physical capabilities and experience. The bottom line is that the long distance is a real test for your body, especially when you travel for the first time. Fatigue accumulates more and more every day. Sometimes, motorcyclists trite overestimate their strength. Parking places and time for them should also be included in your route. If you forget about this, the travel schedule will no longer meet expectations. And the lost time will have to be compensated for by excluding any objects from the route.
We have already mentioned fatigue. It is better to set aside more time in the parking lots, even if it will be an extra 15 minutes, but you should take them into account, than to be an unhappy tourist who is always late everywhere. Calculate travel time based on traffic rules. Even if you like to exceed the speed here and there. Even if you have enough experience to get out on the high-speed lane with the speed of a mad comet and win for yourself half an hour of free time in a day, let the initial calculation be from the worst case.
Temporary gaps are needed in order to cover the specifics of the road. Somewhere you will be stuck in a traffic jam, but somewhere the weather will not be flying. What if you miss the exit? To stay on track, skip time from your rest stops.
When you return from your trip, allow yourself at least one day to rest. It will be hard to break into the work ball from the ship.
Emergency contact list
When traveling, no one is immune from unforeseen situations. Look along the route where you can profitably buy spare parts for your motorcycle, even if this information is not useful, but it is better when it is available than frantically googling sitting on the side of the road.
See if there are motorcycle clubs along the way? Firstly, it is a reason to make new acquaintances. Secondly, experienced motorcyclists who are definitely better guided by unfamiliar terrain are good sources of information: they will prompt an advanced mechanic, warn if a section of the road is closed or dangerous, and so on.
And the final touch. Do you have friends or relatives who you can call in the middle of the night, say that Kragen is chasing you and in general you stole a police van, and now you are stuck somewhere in the middle of the forest-steppe of Chelyabinsk, and as a result you need the help of a friend? I’m exaggerating, of course, but when leaving for a dalnyak, you should have escape routes in case of unforeseen problems. Not everything is decided by money, and sometimes they are stupidly lacking. Someone leaves a copy of their route to friends, someone simply warns: I will call you if something happens.
A mercantile question is always acute and annoying. The most common mistake is to keep all the money on the card or all in cash. As in a situation with a lack of communication with a satellite in the wilderness of the forest, and with the calculation of the card, if you find yourself in a remote village and that’s it, the sense of a plastic card is zero. Ridiculously, once in our team there was already such a story when, passing through the village, the boy could not pay for the food with a card. We found an ATM, but here’s a laugh, it only accepted money, but did not give it out.
Carrying only cash with you is fraught with theft / loss. Sometimes you’re driving far enough that the amount for travel costs suddenly rounds up to the worst.
Conclusion: have an exchange. Ideally, keep on the card the amount that you will need in mandatory spending, such as paying for gasoline, paying for housing or lunch in a cafe. Already at gas stations, hotels / hostels and cafes, you can definitely pay with a card.
Things, equipment and motorcycle
We discussed the equipment and necessary items in the articles (“What to take with you to the” Dalnyak “? Part one – equipment” and “What to take with you to the” Dalnyak “? Part Two”). Before leaving, you need to be puzzled by the condition of the motorcycle, check consumables, the quality of technical fluids, and tire tread wear. It would be better to know about the problems of the motorcycle in advance than two hours after the start.
In any case, you should rely on weather conditions and route distance. Try to calculate the maximum number of little things and find out all the questions that may arise on the road, so as not to waste precious time on this.