Dalnyak – this is how the common people crown a trip on a motorcycle, which in its time and money costs is very different from simple rides in the middle of the night. A motocross from city to city or from country to country can be considered a distant one. It is always very exciting, interesting and unpredictable, even if you are more than an experienced tourist.
The further you plan to go, the more carefully you have to think over both the route and the list of items needed along the way. In this article, we will focus on the equipment you need on the road.
In what do motorcyclists usually go to distant places?
- Motorcycle jacket
This is the minimum backbone necessary for any motorcyclist, even those who do not go beyond the next intersection.
Helmets, visors, glasses
Since it is not close, and the daylight hours pleases with the sunrise, and the bright sun, and the twilight of the night, any well-trained pilot will take with him a spare visor or sunglasses. Owners of “Modular” or “Dual-sport” helmets, in which it is certainly comfortable to travel long distances, will ask:
– Why would I have a spare visor or glasses if my helmet is already prohibitively cool, combines both?
An additional visor will help you out not only from the bright sun, but you can also wear glasses outside the motorcycle. The bottom line is that if you have never caught a stone that flew out from under the wheels of a rushing truck right into the visor, then I sincerely envy you. A spare visor or glasses do not take up much space, and they do not weigh like hippos from third world countries, but in case of unforeseen trouble, from a stone that has flown in, a scratch from a helmet falling, you simply change the visor to a fresh one.
Helmets of the “Modular” and “Dual-Sport” type are especially fond of motorcycle tourists for their dual purpose, because you can always flip your cheek at a gas station to drink a glass of coffee or exchange a few words with someone without taking off your helmet. It is also convenient to raise the visor for better ventilation, but wear sunglasses.
Due to the summer heat, it is sometimes neglected. You should not do this, if only for reasons of hygiene. The path is not close, you are constantly wearing a helmet, I don’t think it will be much joy to put on a wet helmet, the lining of which resembles a dishwashing sponge, with which it flows as soon as you take it in your hands. The liner is easy to wash, even at a motel break. It dries quickly and doesn’t give you the hassle that could cloud your trip.
It is foolish to leave your neck open. Firstly, it is very easy to catch a cold even in summer. You sweat, and then the wind blows through you and woole, your long-distance person ends up with a fever and a sore throat. Hence, even if you are not a fan of the idea of riding in a comforter that has a lengthening on the neck, then use at least a buff. Seriously. Your neck is already tense due to the resistance to the wind, and you also expose it. If exposed to rain, a bare neck is a sure way to get sick.
When your route is in hot weather, you can safely replace the jacket with a turtle, but the jacket should still be put in your backpack. Let it be a summer textile model or even perforated (yes, there are some for especially hot pilots), but do not leave your body defenseless! It gets noticeably colder on the roads in the evenings and early morning, that’s when your jacket will come in handy! In general, textile models for tourism and long-distance travel have advanced far enough in their development to provide maximum comfort and protection. However, leather jackets are much warmer, so they are loved to be used in the off-season.
Coolers and thermal underwear
Clothes that will happily help you cope with temperature changes. It is logical that you will take cooling underwear with you in the heat, and thermal underwear in the off-season. In any case, don’t forget about it, it will really make your journey easier if used wisely.
Here, do not neglect it in any way. Riding wet from the top of the head to the tailbone is a dubious pleasure, especially since in a dashing wind you will instantly freeze. Even if you don’t put an extra T-shirt in your bag, it’s better to have a raincoat that didn’t come in handy than to get wet on the track like a poor relative.
Motorcycle tourists choose gloves with an eye on the weather, often take short and long gloves with them. Long gloves prevent wind from blowing into the sleeves of the jacket, while short gloves are generally lighter. If you only bring one pair of gloves with you, rain gloves may come in handy in case of sudden rain.
When traveling to a distant city, the question arises: which is better, motorcycle pants or motorcycle overalls? For travel, a separate textile jumpsuit becomes the best option. It is hot in the skin, but not practical in the whole one. Regarding overalls, we discussed them in the article (“Why are overalls so popular?”). The issue of its convenience is decided by everyone personally and in practice.
It would be nice to take spare pants with you, some lighter, others warmer. First, because of the weather. Secondly, you probably want to see new cities, and always walking in the same trousers is not a fountain. And since you are not a firefighter, you also need to change clothes. For example, you ride in motorcycle pants and change into motorcycle jeans upon arrival. If necessary, you can ride in them on a motorcycle without fear / reproach, and as a pedestrian you will not be particularly striking. Moreover, for a cultural program, walking to museums or exhibitions in jeans is much more convenient.
Logically, the first item is motorboots. There are special tourist lines. Such shoes are often high, with the expectation of moisture protection, a warm lining, grooved protector, sealed zippers and hinges at the heel. Motorcycle tourists walk a lot on their travels. Precisely because of the need to travel on foot, it makes sense to have spare replacement shoes. If you are not a well-to-do peasant who buys more motorboats or motocross shoes for simple walks instead, then it is still worth thinking about what you will wear to explore the new area. You don’t look like much in motorboots, they were created with an emphasis on ankle protection, and not for forced marches. It would be nice to have something to move around the motorcycle.
No matter how silly it may seem, but as in the case of the comforter, the issue of hygiene looms often. In order not to be ashamed of your equipment and the aromas of “vanilla” that it can exude, take several pairs of socks with you. There are thermal socks, in case of travel in the off-season, they do not badly fulfill their function, it is reasonable to buy them in cold weather at the beginning of the season or at the end. Moreover, if you have managed to get your motorcycle boots wet, it is more pleasant to have a dry steam.
Some routes develop not only in rainy weather, but also with a ford. Shoe covers, like a raincoat, like rain gloves, are designed to save your everyday equipment from excessive moisture, and you from bad impressions and colds.
The logic behind the selection of equipment for a long-distance rider is quite simple: to have basic body protection, to have protection in case of rain and a sharp cold snap, as well as changeable clothes in which it will be convenient for you to move around outside the motorcycle, but not afraid to sit behind the wheel if necessary.