You have it all planned out: the destination, the packed luggage, the travel plan and even a list of those sights you don’t want to miss. But do you really have what you need for your summer road trip, and are you sure you’ve prepared your bike properly? Just like when you travel by car, it’s important to have everything under control when you leave home so as you avoid breakdowns and unforeseen events that could be anticipated beforehand. Here are a series of steps you shouldn’t skip before setting off on your bike during the summer months:
- Check your tyres. Forgetting this is a beginner’s mistake. Even if you have used your motorcycle relatively recently, it’s a good idea to check the condition of the tyres. Check to see if they are well You have a long journey ahead of you and grip on the road is essential.
- And the brakes. Another basic point. Take a look at the brake pads to ensure they’re not sticking and that they don’t show too much wear. In addition, we recommend that, either before your summer trip or even if you haven’t done it for a long time, check the condition and level of the brake fluid. And a little cleaning of the discs doesn’t hurt either!
- More fluids. In the high temperatures, you need to hydrate. But before a summer ride, these are not the only fluids that matter. In addition to brake fluid, it’s important to check the coolant and engine oil levels.
- Keep an eye on the chain. Don’t forget to make sure it’s well lubricated and that the sprocket is not worn. If it is, the best thing to do is to visit the workshop.
- If you haven’t used your bike for a long time… We don’t know how you’ve done it! But before embarking on your summer tour, your machine should be in professional hands. Have a complete check-up and make sure that everything is in place before you open the throttle. This will make for a much smoother and more satisfying ride.
- Don’t forget the most important thing: petrol. Before setting off, fill the tank up. Your route will probably take you through country roads, surrounded only by countryside. If you plan on taking this kind of road, make sure you have enough fuel, because a petrol station may be hard to come by.
- You are important too. Take the right equipment, such as leathers and gloves that are ventilated, so the heat doesn’t become too much, and with the highest level of protection possible. Wear boots that cover the ankle as well as a good helmet, and… then you’ll be ready to turn the throttle and be on your way!