With warmer weather arriving, many riders are excited about getting their motorcycle ready and having the opportunity to explore the open road. North Carolina has a variety of terrain to enjoy, including the mountains, offering bikers breathtaking views and a quiet ride. Hitting the open road on a motorcycle is always a thrilling experience. However, there’s no reason you shouldn’t have a safe journey. Knowing how to prepare for your journey is essential for a successful, memorable and safe ride.
How Should You Prepare?
Start by making a list of things you might need on your journey. Some people simply take a change of clothing, some toiletries and a credit card, while others might need a luggage rack or even a trailer full of stuff. Next, make sure your motorcycle has enough storage capacity for any items you might bring. That means purchasing additional saddle bags, tail bags and tank bags if necessary.
When choosing your clothing for the ride, you’ll want to dress in thin layers. This way, you can take off or add as much clothing as you need as the day becomes hotter or colder. The last thing you want is to be too hot or too cold as you ride. Learn more about what to wear when riding your motorcycle.
What Items Do You Need?
First and foremost, you’ll need a high-quality DOT-approved full-face helmet and a proper riding suit. You’ll also need a good set of tools or a motorcycle emergency kit just in case you have to stop and adjust or replace a part. Here are some of the other items you might need on your journey:
- First aid kit
- Ear plugs
- Bungee cords and bungee nets
- Helmet lock
- Light and heavy motorcycle gloves
- Flat kit
- Rain suit with boots and gloves
- Water bottle
- Weather radio
Motorcycle Safety First
The first thing you want to do before setting off is to perform a complete inspection of your motorcycle. You can use the T-CLOCS method created by the Motorcycle Safety Foundation to inspect your motorcycle’s tires, controls, lights, oils, chassis and stands. Make sure all of these parts are intact and in working order. If you’re not sure what to look for, don’t hesitate to take your bike to a repair shop for a professional inspection.
What to Expect?
When you’re out on the open road, expect nothing short of an adventure. However, there are also plenty of dangers to be aware of. Any major road can turn into an unpredictable obstacle course, so it pays to keep the following safety tips in mind:
- Always assume you’re totally invisible to motorists.
- Maintain plenty of space between yourself and all other vehicles.
- Look out for motorists turning left in front of you, especially at intersections.
- Analyze what the vehicles up ahead are doing and anticipate situations that could spell trouble.
- Understand your limitations and don’t try to keep up with more experienced riders. In other words, ride your own ride.
Karney Law Firm understands the importance of motorcycle safety and has been representing North Carolina and South Carolina bikers for more than 30 years. Unfortunately accidents do occur. If you or a loved one has been involved in an accident, contact Karney Law Firm, a North Carolina motorcycle accident lawyer. 704-376-7982 or toll free 877-376-7982