Considering taking that classic American motorcycle trip? Read this first.
Seeing the country and its wonders is a dream for many motorcycle lovers who make sacrifices throughout the year and save as much money as possible to enjoy a few weeks on the road. However, planning a motorbike trip across the United States is not an easy job, especially if you don’t have too much experience.
Nevertheless, if you want your journey to be memorable without having to sell your house or put a second mortgage on it, here is what you should take into account.
Decide on a route
There are plenty of motorcycle-friendly roads and cities across the country but you should stick to the ones that can be done on a single trip. Don’t expect to go from the West Coast to the East Coast unless you have at least one month off and several thousands of dollars to spend.
For those who are on a budget, we suggest sticking to just one side of the country at a time, especially if you’re not used to long journeys. Yes, it would be fun to see everything on the way from New Jersey to Pennsylvania, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Missouri, Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, and Cali but that’s not very feasible.
There are various websites and apps that can help you choose the perfect route based on the time you have, budget, and the things you would like to see on the road. In my opinion, it would be best to stick to the East Coast or West Coast for a starter and, if you still have the energy, plan a longer trip in the following years.
Decide on the best time of the year
This is strictly linked to the places you want to visit and how much time you have. A proper bike trip should last anywhere between 10 and 22-25 days to get to see most of the country and its beauties without being pressured by time.
However, since not many of us can afford to skip more than one-two weeks from our jobs, it would be best to plan your trip accordingly.
The best time to take your bike for a ride is between May and end of September, depending on the states you plan on visiting and the weather there. Of course, West Coast and Florida on the East Coast have good weather all year-round but getting there is a different thing. If you live anywhere else in the country, you should probably stick to a trip done in August or early September to get nice weather and plenty of daylight hours.
Prepare your gear
It goes without saying that you must be prepared for any type of weather during your journey, so pack accordingly.
Protective gear is mandatory from the second you get on the saddle, so don’t go cheap when it comes to your leather jacket, gloves, and helmet. Invest in some good motorcycle boots that will keep your feet cool and dry during the hot summer days.
Don’t forget about plenty of t-shirts, sweaters, and hoodies, as well as a decent pair of motorcycle jeans to protect your legs as well.
Stick to the budget
Before starting your journey across the country, make sure you can afford it. Even with a generous budget you still need to put some cash aside for unforeseen events like emergency repairs, hotels, and money for gas in case you need to take a detour.
I suggest putting everything on paper and establishing a daily budget that should contain all your expenses, including money for gas, water, food, accommodation, road taxes, and everything else. Don’t forget to also include some cash for visiting sites, museums, national parks, or any other beautiful things you come across during your journey.