What to Pack on a Motorcycle Camping Trip

When it comes to getting ready for a motorcycle camping trip, the last thing you want to do is be scrambling and wracking your mind for what you need to take. Especially if you are gunning off on a spur of the moment adventure, you want to be sure you have everything you need and want ready to go. Having a comprehensive list can mean the difference between having a smooth trip and missing that one crucial item that could make made the entire trip easier. Don’t go without and don’t try to guess. We’ve got the perfect list to make packing for any kind of trip easy and quick.

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  1. Spare parts. Some people will bulk up their packs with extra parts, even if they keep their bike in great shape and know that these parts have been replaced recently. Knowing how long your parts last and when they were last replaced can help you eliminate what needs to come and what needs to stay home. Take only what you really thing will need replacing once on the road.

 

  1. Focus on planning for the weather. There’s nothing worse than being out in the rain and the cold without the right gear. When it comes to packing for the bike, make sure you have whatever you need to keep it safe, and then pack plenty of warm layers. Even if your planned stops aren’t expecting cold weather, the places you right through might be.

 

  1. Don’t over-pack, instead plan to wash clothes. Clothes take up a lot of room, especially if you need to take enough clothes for a week or longer. Instead of stuffing all of your space with clothes, bring only things you know you will wear and plan in trips to the Laundromat. This not only makes packing easier, because you don’t have to think about whether or not you will really wear something, if the time comes, and because you’ll free up room for other necessities.

 

  1. Don’t try to pack all the food you need for the trip. While you probably want some food and water on hand, just in case, buying what you need before you get to the night’s campsite is a much better option. Not only do you not have to be weighed down with food that might spoil, you get to pick what sounds good in the moment, after a long day of riding.

 

  1. Camping Essentials to remember, which are often forgotten.
  1. Towel
  2. Socks for three days
  3. Underwear for three days
  4. Work gloves
  5. Earplugs
  6. Sunglasses & Goggles
  7. Compass
  8. Swiss army knife
  9. Razors
  10. Locks for gear
  11. Bungie cords
  12. Mirror
  13. Bag for dirty laundry
  14. Dental floss
  15. Pain killers
  16. Air gauge for tires

How to Ride a Motorcycle with a Passenger

Riding with a passenger can be fun, especially if you know the person well and both of you are well prepared for the experience. Because adding another person to the motorcycle opens the doors for additional dangers, there are some preparations riders and passengers should make.

Riding a Motorcycle with a Passenger

First of all, you should be sure that your bike is equipped to handle two people. Most bikes that are big enough for two riders will have an extra set of pegs and come with a spare helmet. When you buy the bike, you might also notice that it has a total weight limit—though this is likely not going to be a problem. Some states require a bike to have the necessary pegs and seats for an additional rider, while other states only regulate whether or not there is enough room on the bike for two people. If you are concerned about these regulations, check with your local MVD.

 

Next, make sure to give your passenger a quick safety briefing, not unlike the briefing at the beginning of a flight. If the person has never ridden a motorcycle before, taking them on a short ride, to get them comfortable on the bike, show them where to put their feet and what to do while you are turning and braking can be a good way to break them in. Make sure that she knows to keep as still as possible, as any of her movements could affect the direction of the bike.

 

Your passenger will need a well-fitting helmet. Whether yours spare is good enough or whether she needs to find her own is up to you. In some instances, the spare that comes with the bike fits well enough, but a frequent passenger should have her own helmet.

 

Only let someone on your bike who is willing to follow your rules and instructions. They should understand that any motions they make can affect what the bike does and put both of your lives at risk. Also ensure that whenever possible, your passenger has the right riding gear. Long pants, a leather or denim jacket, gloves, and sunglasses may all be necessary to keep the passenger safe and comfortable.

 

If you have never ridden with a passenger before, you will not be sure how your bike will react to having more weight. Accelerating, decelerating, taking corners, and changing lanes will all be significantly different with a passenger than when riding alone. Because of this, be sure you have time to adjust to the new riding conditions.

 

One last tip: don’t allow your passenger to get on the bike until you are on the bike and stable and are aware that they are getting on. The sudden addition of weight could send both of you over the side.

How to be a Good Motorcycle Passenger

Being a passenger on a motorcycle can be just as much fun as riding one and is great for people who are nervous about riding their own motorcycle or want to get a glimpse of the lifestyle, even if they don’t have their own bike. It’s important to remember, however, that being a passenger on a motorcycle is very different from being a passenger in most vehicles and some riders can be very particular about the kind of passenger they let ride with them. In order to be the best possible passenger—the one that gets invited to ride all the time, here are a few simple tips.

How to Ride a Motorcycle with a Passenger

  1. Wear the right clothes. You need to be as prepared as the person actually handling the bike. Make sure you’ve got clothes that aren’t going to be ripped to shreds in the unlikely event of a crash. A warm motorcycle jacket that zips all the way up to the neck, gloves, and eye protection are most important. Always dress for the weather and keep this simple trick in mind: if it is a cold day, the ride will be much colder. If it is a hot day, the ride will be much hotter. Most of all, don’t wear anything that will interfere with the rider or the bike.

 

  1. Get your own helmet or make sure the rider’s spare fits. This is for safety reasons and to ensure that you have an enjoyable ride. The motorcycle helmet should be snug and unable to twist once it once it is on. If you ride a lot, having your own is easier than trying to adjust the spare to fit properly.

 

  1. Get on the motorcycle after the rider. Not only will this help to stabilize the motorcycle, it ensures that the rider can make sure you are not touching a part of the bike that is going to burn you. Always wait until the rider says it is alright to get on, and note that it is most common for people to mount and dismount the motorcycle from the left. Not waiting for the okay can cause the motorcycle to tip over, as he might not be ready for the shift in weight.

 

  1. Stay in tune with the rider. This is the most important tip—ride with your hands on the rider’s hips. Because riders have to lean in order to turn the bike, it’s important that you know what he is doing and what you should be doing. Some riders like their passengers to lean with them. Others prefer for their riders to stay centered. Talk with your rider before riding so you know what to do and so that neither of your are surprised when the first curve comes.

Best Motorcycle Rides in Canada

With its miles and miles of highway, through many different types of terrain, Canada is full of scenic, exciting roads that are great for a rider looking for adventure and a beautiful roadside view. Whether you like steep and twisty mountain roads or long, calm highways through flat grasslands, Canada has a vista for you, with plenty of great towns and cities to stop off in for a bite to eat. Motorcyclists are loved and welcomed in Canada, with many venues along the road build just for you and your bike. Here are ten of the best motorcycle rides in Canada!

Motorcycle in Canada

Westport Loop – Starting off in Ontario and looping back around, this road is famous for its wildlife and for its rural feel. Most of the route twists through thick woodland areas. While most of the road is well taken care of, there are some patches that are a little rough.

Frank Miller Drive – This scenic byway has some of the best roads in Canada, and takes you not only through hills and valleys, but also along Lake Muskoka and some of the country’s finest rivers. The countryside is dotted with picturesque little houses and you will feel as though you’ve been transported back in time.

Southwood Route – Southwood is best known for the road itself, not for what’s on either side. If you are looking for an exciting ride and don’t mind that there isn’t too much too look at on the roadside, Southwood is a great route.

The Old Island Highway – This route should be called “Watch for Deer Highway,” because there are herds everywhere during the entire year. The road itself meanders past farms, skirting a few small towns, and is a fairly leisurely ride.

Rosseau 632 – This highway takes you along not only some rural communities that are stocked with beautiful houses, but also along some of Canada’s most beautiful lakes. This ride is especially beautiful in fall, as the leaves start turn red and orange.

Qu’appelle Valley Run – One of the best roads in Canada, the Qu’appelle Valley Run swoops you down into the valley, and down to a few more exciting rides, once you’re through the straight portion.

The Canadian Rockies – If you are a fan of mountain rides, there is none better than the Canadian Rockies. Not only is the road just twisty enough, there is also the promise of wildlife and beautiful mountain views.

Duffy Lake Route – Starting off on Howe’s fjord, this road is famous for its roadside scenery, giving you glimpses of both lush countryside and clear blue lakes.

Great Day’s Run – Taking you along the Bay of Fundy, there are great views of the water and the Canadian countryside. This road is a little rough at times, so be careful.

The Loyalist Parkway – Following the river for most of this ride, the Loyalist Parkway has great views of classic Canada, with lush forests and fields, that are spectacularly green in the summer.

Meanings Behind Motorcycle Vest Patches

Like most things in the motorcycle riding world, there are rules and regulations when it comes to motorcycle vest patches. Each patch has its own meaning, either for the individual or to the club or association he belongs to. Aside from these patches, which can be designed however the club or association sees fit and with whatever materials are handy, there are also a number of widely used vest patches that symbolized a biker’s ethnicity, home state, etc.

 Motorcycle Vest Patches

These patches are used not only for self-expression, but also, in the small community of outlaw bikers, to distinguish different groups. While law-abiding bikers and outlaw bikers might use the same patches, those who live outside the law will normally cut their patches into three pieces before affixing them to their vest, as an indication that they do not abide by the rules of society. In addition, most outlaw biker clubs will wear a patch with the 1% on it, to represent that they are part of the one-percent of bikers who consider themselves outlaws, rather than hobbyist riders.

 

A crescent, either above or below another patch indicates a lover of rock and roll music or a biker who is also a musician. In some situations, this patch can be taken out of context, to indicate an outlaw biker, but in its essence, it simply means that the wearer loves music.

 

The other 99% of riders wear patches simply to show their affiliation with the American Motorcycle Association, among a number of other distinctions. For example, a 9 or 934 patch shows that the biker is at least part American Indian. Flags are used to show either the state or country the club originates from, also an indication of nationality or ethnicity.

 

One of the most common symbols on a biker’s vest will be the ace of spades. This patch represents the biker’s willingness to fight for their club or their country. Because many legitimate biker clubs are involved in community issues, it could also stand for a willingness to fight to the death to protect those affected by domestic violence or abuse.

 

A wing patch is also common, and can have many different meanings. Among biker groups that abide by the law, a wing patch will usually denote some sort of special achievement, though what that achievement could be varies from person to person and club to club. In some of the more extreme associations, wings denote a criminal or sexual achievement, with different colors indicating different kinds of acts.

 

The skull and crossbones can also have varying meanings, depending on the club itself. In that 99% of legitimate clubs, it shows that the wearer has escaped a near-death situation.

Top Three Motorcycle Rides in the US

There’s some special about traversing the country by motorcycle. Unlike a car, plane, or train, riding a motorcycle across the United States evokes a feeling of being completely free. Whether you are looking for a great weekend ride or planning you cross-country adventure, there are some rides you just don’t want to miss.

There are plenty of great places to ride in the US, but if you are looking for the very best that North America has to offer to you and your motorcycle, look no further. These are the top three motorcycle rides in the US, ranked by the scenery and the road itself.

Best Motorcycle Roads in the USA

3.      Needles Highway in Black Hills, South Dakota – This highway has, by far, the best scenery in the United States. Names for the needle-like mountains that surround the road like an ancient stone wall, the highway has plenty of great vistas. The forests that are sprinkled among the needles is green and lush, and plays home to hundreds of animals, many of whom can be seen from the road. Right from your bike, you can see bison, deer, antelope, and even the occasional wolf. No need to worry—they know the dangers of the road and will give you your space. Besides the wildlife and the majestic granite needles, the road itself has two granite tunnels, created by dynamite, to take your right through the belly of the mountains.

 

2.      Tail of the Dragon in Deal’s Gap, North Carolina – This road is the self-proclaimed best motorcycle road, and for good reason. It touts eleven miles of curves, ridges, and valleys that make for one of the most exciting rides in the States. Plus, it’s got a cool name. The Tail of the Dragon takes you along a national park, and the deep, North Carolina woods creep up close to the road, making it a refreshing, as well as exhilarating ride. If you are looking for a little more intrigue, you can always check out the “Tree of Shame;” a collection of bike parts from those who were not equipped to handle the twists of the road, hung on a tree.


1.     
The Twisted Sisters in Texas – It is difficult to pick just one ride in the US to hold the title of best motorcycle ride, but if you have ever ridden all 131 miles of this wicked highway, you know why it’s the best of the best. Though most of Texas is comprised straight roads across flat plains, the Twisted Sisters twist along rivers, through mountains, and give riders a great view of authentic cowboy-esque cattle ranches. The rivers are stocked with plenty of delicious fish if you want to skip the roadhouse. You might even spot an alligator while you’re picking up your dinner! The real draw of this road, however, is the meandering, twisty nature of the asphalt and the all-American views.

What to Choose for an Entry-Level Motorcycle

If you are interested in finding a bike that will suit your standards as a beginner rider it’s very important to look at a number of different factors when picking your first entry-level motorcycle. Most people are very excited to ride when they are picking up their very first motorcycle and they don’t consider some of the safety features and necessities that might be required for beginner riders to have a bike that’s easy to control and comfortable to ride.

entry level motorcycle

A motorcycle can give us access to a certain lifestyle and most beginner riders may be instantly thinking about the amount of power that they can get out of a bike, or buying a bike that they can hold onto for a long time. Usually when you’re buying your first motorcycle it’s a good idea to look at something a little more inexpensive and something that’s easily controlled with a bit less power.

There are many motorcycle riders who would scoff that someone purchasing a motorcycle with around 600 CC’s for an engine. Stating that it won’t be able to keep up with more experienced riders and their thousand cc bikes. However this type of thinking really won’t get you anywhere as a beginner rider. When you start to look at sport bikes it’s important to consider that these are designed for more experienced riders and generally although they may be able to accelerate a bit faster than you will, a 600 CC bike is more than capable of keeping legal speeds with some of these faster bikes. It may not be quite as big to handle long trips but without this extra girth it also makes it much easier to learn how to ride on and handle.

Looking into a bike with anywhere from 600CC- 750CC for a first motorcycle is usually good entry-level range. It is important to consider that it is your first bike and not one that you need to hold onto for a lifetime. Buying used is never a bad idea as there is always a good chance that you could potentially lay down your bike within the first few years of riding it. Inexperience can unfortunately lead to accidents and that’s why it’s so important to take safety training seriously and always wear all of your gear when you go for a ride.

Remember that feel is important so don’t be afraid to try a few different bikes until you find one that feels right for you. Look for power that’s manageable and a decent weight. As always be careful and practice often so that you can learn how to ride with confidence and safety. 

More than just Transportation, Motorcycles are a Lifestyle

As many motorcycle enthusiasts will suggest, living a biker lifestyle and traveling on a motorcycle can be one of the most exhilarating and exciting experiences that you can have in your entire life. Motorcycles are beautiful machines and they can carry a number of great benefits especially if you are willing to travel over extended periods on one. Just as it’s portrayed in films like easy Rider, the biker lifestyle can be fun, full of freedom and extremely carefree especially if you know how to do simple repairs and prepare for a long-distance journey. Here are some of the top benefits that you can experience as a new motorcycle enthusiast living the biker lifestyle and riding your bike long-distance.

Biker Lifestyle

1. The ultimate fuel savings: over long-distance journeys you can see some real gas savings when you use a motorcycle. This means more freedom and a much further reach on any road trip you decide to take. You can get up to 30 miles per gallon with some of the top performance bikes and bikes that have smaller engines which were billed for fuel economy can sometimes even experience  triple digit fuel economy. This can make your road trip whole lot cheaper.

2. You don’t have to worry about parking anywhere: with just a small garage you can easily fit three or four bikes or take up just one parking space for event parking or any store you happen to stop that along the way. Because you don’t have to spend as much time looking around for parking spaces, and because you can simply park with other bikers a bike is a great space saver.

3. Very low entry fee: you can pickup a used bike far cheaper than you can I used car and in many cases even a low-end motorcycle can outperform nearly any used car that you would purchase. This means that you get a fast ride for the price of a very plain used-car.

4. Maintenance is fairly straightforward: cars are taking on a whole new digital frontier and they’re becoming much more difficult to work on and service. With motorcycles body and paint work is a breeze and most of the engine components are out in the open for easy repairs and maintenance.