When taking to the open road on your tour-provided hog you can get pretty exposed to the elements. From sweltering sun to harsh winds and nighttime chills, there are so many factors that you need to be prepared for.
When you join us for a tour of Route 66, we'll set you up with a bike and, if needed, an open-face helmet. However, protective clothing for your journey isn't provided.
To help you pack for your next great American road trip, here's our handy guide to packing for a long-distance motorcycle tour.
1. A motorcycle jacket
You'll want a protective, flexible and comfortable riding jacket. Look for a jacket made of durable material that won't tear if you fall. You'll also want to make sure your jacket isn't restrictive – you'll need a full range of movement to easily access the motorcycle controls, your pockets and other parts of the jacket. Finally, ensure your jacket is appropriate for all weather conditions, with vents for hot days and lining for the cold.
2. Appropriate biking pants
The same requirements as for a jacket apply to your pants. That said, comfort could definitely be considered a priority when it comes to your choice of pants. You'll be sitting for quite some time, so make sure your pants fit well and won't wear quickly. A textured material that reduces your risk of slipping is also a great idea.
3. Versatile boots
First of all, you'll want your boots to come past your ankles – this is to protect your bony joints from harsh scrapes. Secondly, moisture is your enemy when it comes to footwear – no one likes soggy toes. So, find boots that are weather tight and feature moisture-wicking fabrics so you're not standing in soup. Finally, get boots that you can walk in so you don't have to change when you're not driving.
4. Durable gloves
Your gloves will naturally experience a lot of friction as they'll be gripping your bike's handlebars for extended periods. So make sure your gloves are made of resilient materials. You might also like to find gloves that feature a small piece of plastic on one thumb for wiping moisture from your helmet's visor, or special touch-screen-friendly finger pads.
Not earrings – but ear plugs. Motorcycles are loud and a whole fleet is louder still. Invest in plugs to avoid tinnitus or other potential effects on your hearing. Protective eyewear is also important, as helmets may not come equipped with visors. Lastly, longer underwear is advised to avoid uncomfortable riding-up and keep your vital areas warm in the winter.
Remember to keep these criteria in mind when shopping to prepare for your trip. If you have any questions about touring Route 66 by motorcycle, get in touch with us today. We'll be happy to hear from you.