Nothing beats hitting the road on a good motorbike and just embracing the world. Interesting scenery slides by, the hopefully good weather warms your soul, and you remember what it is to again be truly relaxed. But just because bike tours are all about fun and relaxation, it doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t also be well prepared.
We’ve put together a list of absolutely essential items that you should have on a bike tour.
GPS Navigation And A Map
Most of the world has now settled in to using GPS technology. Why not, given that portable GPS units are now mostly infallible, almost never taking you in the wrong direction. You likely already have a good unit, or app on your phone.
But in case of unforeseen circumstances, we also strongly recommend taking a good old fashioned paper map of your intended route. GPS units or smartphones can run out of batteries, after all, and you certainly don’t want to be stuck in unknown territory without a clue of where to go.
When you get to your destination, you may want to kick back, relax, and get into a bit of online betting. There are few better ways to really sink into some calming entertainment.
Bluetooth Helmet Set
There was a time when a Bluetooth enabled helmet was an expensive luxury, and there are still luxury versions available. But these days you can organise an extremely affordable adaption kit for next to nothing. These kits are designed to connect directly to your phone, and function entirely via voice commands. This means that you can listen to GPS commands, listen to music, or even chat to friends, all without ever using your hands.
Virtually all bikes come with an emergency repair kit stashed somewhere in the body. We’d strongly recommend checking your kit, and ensuring that you can take apart your entire bike with it. If you can’t, strongly consider getting a better kit. Getting stuck in the middle of nowhere and being unable to fix a minor problem, simply because didn’t have the right tool, is nothing short of a nightmare. In case you didn’t already know, towing services can be exorbitant.
On that note, a portable air compressor is just as essential. Taking a wheel off to fix a flat is one thing, but getting it pumped back up something entirely different. Small, portable compressors are very affordable, and remarkably effective. Plus, if you go camping you can use them to blow up your airbed.
Emergency Fuel Siphon
Lastly; getting stuck without fuel is another nightmare, and certainly something you don’t want to have to deal with. Thankfully there are very innovative solutions available these days, such as emergency siphon fuel kits. These little numbers are very handy, fit just about anywhere, and hold enough fuel to get you moving in the right direction. Some of the fancier versions even come with pumping devices that make the whole process easier.
The kits don’t hold much fuel, of course, but you’ll be glad you have the reserve when you need it.
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