Travelling far and wide isn’t always the easiest endeavour, especially when it’s a long-term venture that can take months or even years to complete. And while some travellers have the luxury of travelling in a car, where they’re able to pack as much stuff as they can, bikers will always need to try and make a different plan.
This means learning to travel as lightly as humanly possible, which requires making some sacrifices here and there, and using these clever tricks and tips to ensure that luggage never becomes too much of a burden while on the road.
Bike Weight Limits
Every bike has its limits, and this is a great place to start when making a packing plan. Check the bike’s overall weight limits and go from there: make sure that there isn’t too much weighing the bike down, as not only can this significantly worsen mileage, but it can even be dangerous.
Weight Management And Balance
Unlike a car, which has four wheels to make sure that the weight is always distributed evenly, bikes are prone to falling over and being more difficult to control when there is too much weight on one side and being in control while on the road is absolutely vital to avoiding any potential accidents. It’s a good idea to weigh both saddlebags before packing up, and then making the necessary adjustments so that there’s no pull while riding. Keep in mind that other items may have to be considered, such as a bag of tools, which are almost mandatory when out on the road. This may force the biker to cut down even further on what they’re able to take, but this can ultimately depend on the type of bike being taken with and how much weight it’s able to handle.
It’s good to be prepared for any occasion, and many might want to take as many tools as possible just in case, but this can add a huge amount of unnecessary weight. Instead, only take the tools that work for the bike they’re going to attached to – this lessens how much needs to be taken and reduces the overall weight on both rider and machine.
Lose The Unimportant Stuff
It can be difficult to part with the things that we really don’t need, but an important rule to always keep in mind while packing is to only take items that are truly necessary. The more we pack into our bags, the more we have to worry about, the more we have to lose, and the more costly it can become to replace those same things in the event that they do go missing or are stolen.
Fortunately, we live in an era where technologies have improved to the point where the gadgets of yesteryear are no longer needed. Instead of packing a camera, a map, and a GPS, we can simply put a smartphone in our jacket, which can also be used for entertainment and for any games to play now. This goes for books, too, which are great for having during downtime, but since almost all books have been digitized, it’s worth having them on a smartphone or small tablet rather than lugging the physical book around.
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