Endurance riding may take a toll physically, but is undoubtedly one of the most relaxing activities you can indulge in. However, it is not something you can embark upon lightly. Here are 5 valuable tips to help you move up from being just a good rider to being a good endurance rider.
Plan your route well ahead of time
One should never underestimate the impact of proper preparation on an endurance ride. A crucial requirement for a successful endurance ride is to plan the route well ahead of time. There will be numerous routes you can take in order to reach your destination and the route you travel on will be more important than the goal of reaching the destination. Planning your route well ahead of time will make sure you don’t have to stop frequently in order to figure out what to do next. Also, have backup routes planned as well in case of unforeseen events, such as bad weather or a closed highway.
Get the right gear
Your regular riding gear will go only so far in keeping you comfortable for an endurance ride. When traveling a long distance on two wheels, staying comfortable is of paramount importance. Make sure you have the right personal gear to help you tackle an endurance ride. It is possible to buy gear specifically designed with endurance rides in mind. The objective of the special gear is to ensure you are as comfortable as possible, over longer periods of time, without sacrificing safety. Endurance gear generally has more padding and allows for much better ventilation options; a boon for those riding in the summer months.
Prepare the motorcycle for the long journey
Endurance riding is just as hard on the motorcycle as it is on the rider. However, few people bother to make the extra effort required to prepare their motorcycles for an endurance ride. All the extra time and effort you spend in preparing your bike will pay off when you successfully reach your destination, without any hiccups along the way. If the motorbike is due for an oil change any time soon, it is best to get it done before you go for a long trip. Make sure the tires are properly inflated and that there is enough tread on the tires; less tread means a greater chance of the bike skidding in the corners or under braking.
Start riding as early as possible
The best endurance riders set themselves realistic targets, including how many kilometers they plan to cover in a day. In order to cover the greatest distance possible, there are two options: start riding as early as possible in the day, or ride as late as possible into the night. Ideally, you want to get a lot of riding done in the early hours of morning. Although it is cooler in the mornings, it won’t be as freezing as riding late into the night. Also, it also eliminates the fatigue factor that everyone is susceptible to towards the end of the day.
Don’t try to fight fatigue
Fatigue is your body’s way of telling you that it has had enough. An endurance ride is supposed to be fun; yawning and struggling to keep your eyes open is anything but. When your body starts showing signs of fatigue, do not fight it. If your motorcycle gave you warning signs it was about to breakdown, you would pull over right away to figure out why; the same principle applies to your body as well. Contrary to popular belief, caffeine intake doesn’t help much with fatigue. Research has shown that caffeine may help you stay awake longer, but your concentration levels continue to plummet. When you feel sleepy or tired, do not hesitate to pull over at a motel and get a good night’s sleep; the better you sleep, the better your body will react to the next day’s long ride. If the endurance ride is becoming too much for your body, there is no shame in quitting; it is a lot more preferable than getting into an accident or suffering some kind of stress injury.
Keep these 5 tips in mind and you will soon be racking up the highway miles in no time.
About the Author: Miley Stevens is an employee at Pit Stop Parts and Apparel, which is an online store that provides motorbike gear. She is very passionate about cars and bikes.