7 Must-Know Tips Before Heading to a Long-Distance Motorcycle Ride

7 Must-Know Tips Before Heading to a Long-Distance Motorcycle Ride

Are you planning a long-distance motorcycle ride? Our country offers some of the most scenic routes for motorcycle enthusiasts and adventure seekers alike, however, embarking on such a journey requires careful planning and preparation so here are some tips for long-distance motorcycle trips:

KEY TAKEAWAYS

  • What are the essential items one should carry on a long-distance motorcycle ride?

    When going on a long-distance motorcycle ride, it is important to bring protective gear, essential tools and spare parts, comfortable clothing, and personal items.
  • How should one prepare their motorcycle before embarking on a long-distance ride?

    Inspect your motorcycle before every ride to ensure that it is in good condition. Check the tires, brakes, lights, fluids, and other parts that could affect your safety on the road.
  • Plan your route

    Going on a long-distance motorcycle trip is an adventure that every rider should experience at least once in their life, but before you rev up your engine and hit the open road, it is important to plan your route carefully.

    Take note that not every route may suit your riding style. Consider the length of the trip, your experience level, and your physical condition when choosing your route.

    Knowing the road conditions and weather conditions along your route is also crucial for a safe and enjoyable trip. Heavy rain, floods, landslides, and poor road conditions can make your trip challenging, so make sure to check weather forecasts and road hazards before you go.

    Motorcycle in the rain

    Also read: 4 valuable tips when riding in the rain

    Long-distance motorcycle trips also require plenty of fuel and rest stops. Make sure to plan your route so that you have access to gas stations, accommodations, restaurants, and convenience stores along the way. It is always wise to have a backup plan in case you encounter unexpected difficulties.

    It is also important to budget your expenses first. Consider the cost of gas, food, accommodations, and any other expenses that you might encounter along the way. Make sure you have enough money and resources to cover your expenses for the entire trip.

    Bring the essentials for a comfortable and safe ride

    When packing for your long-distance motorcycle trip, it is important to bring everything you need for a comfortable and safe ride.

    Protective gear is one of the must-have items for any motorcycle trip. Your helmet, gloves, and jacket should offer protection from the elements and from any accidents that may occur on the road. Make sure your gear is comfortable and fits properly.

    Suzuki GSX-S1000GT

    Also, don’t forget to bring essential tools and spare parts as they can help you avoid minor issues from turning into major problems on the road. Bring a tire repair kit, a small tool kit, and a few spare parts that may be prone to wear and tear.

    You must also pack comfortable clothing for riding and for relaxing at your accommodations. Do not forget to bring personal items like sunscreen, insect repellent, and medication you may need.

    Stay safe on the road

    Navigating highways can be challenging, especially for inexperienced riders, so it is important to practice defensive riding. Keep a safe distance from other vehicles, use hand signals, and always be alert for potential hazards.

    Photo from Philippine News Agency

    Heavy traffic and road hazards are common in the Philippines, so be prepared to encounter them. Slow down when the traffic is heavy and be alert for road hazards like potholes, debris, and stray animals.

    Interacting with other drivers and pedestrians can also be tricky, especially if you don't speak the local language. Be patient and respectful, and always be aware of your surroundings.

    Keep your motorcycle in top shape

    Keeping your motorcycle in top shape is important for a successful long-distance motorcycle trip. Inspect your motorcycle before every ride to ensure that it is in good condition. Check the tires, brakes, lights, fluids, and other parts that could affect your safety on the road.

    Preventative maintenance can help you avoid costly repairs down the road. Keep up with your motorcycle's maintenance schedule, and replace worn parts before they fail.

    Cyclemar-Suzuki 3S Shop Caloocan Service Area

    Troubleshooting common issues on the road can help you avoid getting stranded. Learn how to fix common problems like flat tires, a dead battery, and a broken chain. Always carry the necessary tools and spares to fix these problems.

    Also read: 4 tips before embarking on your next motorcycle adventure

    Know where to eat and sleep along your route

    Long-distance motorcycle trips can be a lot of fun, but you need to make sure you have the right accommodations and food along the way.

    If you are riding along a major tourist route, there are likely to be plenty of rest stops and hotels along the way. These places are designed specifically for travelers, and they often offer comfortable accommodations and a range of amenities. Do some research before you go so that you can identify these places along your route.

    Harley-Davidson Road Glide ST

    If you want to experience the local cuisine and culture, you should make an effort to find local eateries and street food along your route. These places can be a bit harder to find, but they are often the best places to eat. Ask locals for recommendations or use apps like Google Maps to find highly-rated local restaurants and food stands.

    If you are on a budget or you just enjoy the outdoors, you can also take advantage of camping and outdoor accommodations along your route. There are often campsites and other outdoor locations where you can set up camp for the night. Just make sure you are prepared with the right gear and supplies.

    Research about the local customs and culture of your destination

    When you are traveling to a different province, it is important to be aware of the local customs and culture. 

    Learn about its local traditions and etiquette, so that you can interact with the locals respectfully and avoid any cultural faux pas.

    Cebu-Cordova Link Expressway (CCLEX)

    If you do not speak their dialect, it can be challenging to communicate with the locals. Try to learn a few basic phrases and be patient when you are trying to communicate. You will also need to be aware of local customs and taboos.

    You will also need to interact with local authorities and law enforcement at some point. Make sure you have all the necessary paperwork and licenses, and be respectful when dealing with officials. It is also a good idea to have a basic understanding of the local laws and regulations.

    Know how to deal with accidents and breakdowns

    Even if you plan carefully, accidents and breakdowns can still happen when you are on a long-distance motorcycle trip.

    If you are involved in an accident or you are feeling sick, it is important to know when to seek medical attention. Be familiar with the signs and symptoms of common illnesses and injuries, and have a plan in place for getting medical help if you need it.

    Motorcycle accident (Photo by Joey Razon for Philippine News Agency)

    Motorcycle breakdowns are also a normal part of long-distance trips. Make sure you have a basic understanding of motorcycle mechanics, and carry a toolkit and spare parts so that you can make minor repairs along the way. If you cannot fix the problem on your own, be prepared to call for roadside assistance.

    Also read: How to avoid common motorcycle accidents

    Final thoughts

    A long-distance motorcycle trip can be an incredibly rewarding experience, but it requires proper planning and preparation. From selecting the best route and packing the right gear to staying safe on the road and experiencing the local culture, there are many factors to consider. So, take some time to plan your trip in advance. With these tips in mind, you can hit the open road with confidence and discover all that the Philippines has to offer on your motorcycle adventure.

    Photos from Suzuki Philippines, Philippine News Agency, Harley-Davidson Philippines, and Cebu-Cordova Link Expressway Facebook page

    You might also be interested in

    • Upcoming

    Latest Motorcycle Videos on Zigwheels

    Zigwheels
    • Z-List Ep. 9 | Top 5 Most Searched Motorcycles in the Philippines
      Z-List Ep. 9 | Top 5 Most Searched Motorcycles in the Philippines
      03 Nov, 2021 .
    • 2020 Honda AirBlade 150 Spec Guide | Zigwheels.Ph
      2020 Honda AirBlade 150 Spec Guide | Zigwheels.Ph
      05 Apr, 2021 .
    • 2020 Honda AirBlade 150 Spec Guide | Zigwheels.Ph
      2020 Honda AirBlade 150 Spec Guide | Zigwheels.Ph
      26 Mar, 2021 .
    • ZigWheels Philippines reviews Honda Wave 125
      ZigWheels Philippines reviews Honda Wave 125
      12 Feb, 2020 .
    • ZigWheels Philippines reviews Ducati Scrambler
      ZigWheels Philippines reviews Ducati Scrambler
      12 Feb, 2020 .
    • ZigWheels Philippines reviews CFMoto 400 NK
      ZigWheels Philippines reviews CFMoto 400 NK
      12 Feb, 2020 .
    • ZigWheels Philippines reviews Kawasaki Dominar 400
      ZigWheels Philippines reviews Kawasaki Dominar 400
      12 Feb, 2020 .
    • ZigWheels Philippines reviews KTM Duke 200
      ZigWheels Philippines reviews KTM Duke 200
      11 Feb, 2020 .
    • ZigWheels Philippines reviews Honda Click 125i
      ZigWheels Philippines reviews Honda Click 125i
      11 Feb, 2020 .
    • ZigWheels Philippines reviews Yamaha Mio i 125
      ZigWheels Philippines reviews Yamaha Mio i 125
      11 Feb, 2020 .
    Watch Motorcycle Videos

    Motorcycle Articles From Carmudi

    • journal
    • advice
    • insurance
    • Yamaha Motor PH to unveil PG-1
      Yamaha Motor PH to unveil PG-1
      Ruben Manahan IV, May 21, 2024
    • PH-marketed Suzuki Burgman Street posts new fuel efficiency record locally
      PH-marketed Suzuki Burgman Street posts new fuel efficiency record locally
      Ruben Manahan IV, May 15, 2024
    • Yamaha PH formally introduces new Sniper 155, Sniper 155R
      Yamaha PH formally introduces new Sniper 155, Sniper 155R
      Paulo Papa, May 06, 2024
    • Suzuki PH, MPBL officially renew team-up
      Suzuki PH, MPBL officially renew team-up
      Ruben Manahan IV, May 02, 2024
    • Suzuki PH joins MPBL for 2nd time
      Suzuki PH joins MPBL for 2nd time
      Paulo Papa, Apr 16, 2024
    • Key Things to Consider Before Buying a Used Motorcycle
      Key Things to Consider Before Buying a Used Motorcycle
      Cherryl Anne Cruz, Jul 21, 2017
    • Insurance for Motorcycles
      Insurance for Motorcycles
      Cherryl Anne Cruz, Jul 21, 2017

    Compare

    You can add 3 variants maximum*