If you're motorcycle enthusiasts like us, there's nothing quite like the feeling of freedom that comes with hitting the open road. Whether you're taking a weekend trip to the mountains or embarking on a longer journey, planning for your destination is essential to make the most of the ride. In this guide, we'll walk you through everything you need to know about planning a motorcycle adventure with a hitch carrier.
Pick a Destination
One of the first things you'll need to decide is where you will go. The great thing about motorcycle travel with a hitch carrier is endless possibilities. You can explore new areas, visit friends and family, check out some of the country's most scenic routes, or go further off the beaten path, depending on your bike and riding preference. The best part is, you can enjoy riding where you want and drive the car for the mundane parts. But don't forget, it's not just about the destination, but the journey that matters. Look for what is in between.
Map the Journey
Once you've decided on your destination, the next step is to map out your route. While you have the car, we do not recommend taking the fastest way possible the entire route. Look for smaller highways with less traffic and more turns. If you've never been to a riding location before, check local forums to get an idea of what to expect, or take each turn and discover it for yourself. Park your car, and unload your motorcycle for a short break or the entire day.
Plan Overnight Stops
Depending on how far your journey is, you may need to stay a few nights away from home. You can find a hotel, camp, or stay in your RV; it just depends on what you are driving. Do some research before you go on where to stay, and make sure you've got somewhere to rest your head at night that is safe; that way, you can enjoy each turn while out adventuring for the day.
Pack for the Adventure
Now that you have your destination, route, and overnights planned out, it's time to start packing for the trip. First, you'll want to make sure your motorcycle is in good working order and that you have all the necessary tools and supplies for any roadside repairs. Bring tools to tighten and configure your carrier if things loosen or need maintenance. Also, bring spare gas if you want to go further off the beaten path.
Besides tools, you need to plan your clothes. You'll want to pack for all weather conditions, as you never know what you might encounter on the road. A good rule of thumb is to pack for the coldest day you could have on your trip. It is also good to bring a rain jacket as you never know when the weather could turn.
Depending on your plans for sleeping, you may need to pack sleeping gear. Make sure you bring the essentials, as sleep is essential to any adventure.
Finally, don't forget about food and water. These are items you can either bring with you or leave in the car when you ride. You'll need enough to keep you fueled to make the most of each turn.
Tell Someone or Bring Someone
We always recommend telling someone your plans or bringing someone along on the journey. That way, if something happens, there is someone who knows where you are and can come to help. Plus, if you bring someone on the trip at any point in time, you can ride together in the car or hop on the motorcycle if the road is worthy.
Be Open to Change
While it's essential to have a plan, don't be afraid to change things up along the way. There is no right or wrong way to motorcycle adventure, so go with the flow and take each turn as it comes.
With a little bit of preparation, a motorcycle adventuring with a hitch carrier can be an unforgettable experience. Just make sure you have taken all the necessary precautions and are aware of your surroundings so that you can focus on what matters most: the journey. Have fun out there!