Choosing A Motorcycle For Your Motorcycle Holiday

Just because you love your motorcycle (motorbike) does not mean you can not enjoy the magnificent places we have in Australia (or the world for that matter).

A motorcycle holiday can be a very low cost method of touring. By carefully choosing the right motorcycle, equipment and clothing, it is possible for one or two people to enjoy a camping holiday by motorbike. Many bikes’ fuel consumption is in the range of 16-20 km/L and can hold sufficient spare parts, equipment and personal gear for quite long trips.

It is best to avoid extremes of temperature when traveling. You will get tired quickly in hot weather, and cold weather has its own hazards with the wet conditions and if the rider is not warmly clothed. Avoid the far north of Australia in the wet season. I have found it best to travel in any month of the year without an R in it. Think about it (May, June, July, and August). April and September are also okay.

Do not ride on country roads if riding a motorcycle designed for city use. A specially designed motorbike is better for off-road or poor road conditions. Before setting out give careful thought to the choice of motorcycle; what are you going to pack your things in; what camping equipment and clothing are you going to take; how long are you going for?

The first thing you need to decide is where you are going; when you are going; and how long you are going for. This will dictate what you will need to purchase for your motorcycle holiday.

CHOOSING A MOTORCYCLE

Choosing a motorcycle that suits your body size and can carry the amount of equipment needed for the time and distance you intend traveling is your main priority. The following information is mainly dealing with choosing a motorcycle for your holiday and touring needs. However, it is still appropriate no matter what you are buying your motorbike for. Decide what you are going to be using your motorcycle for prior to looking around to buy one.

It is a mistake to buy a machine that is too big for the job. A large motorcycle is advisable only when two people need to travel a very long distance carrying a lot of gear. Select a popular make of machine if you will be traveling in the country, as spare parts may be hard to obtain and experienced mechanics unavailable.

A Lightweight Motorcycle (between 250 and 500cc engine capacity) is ideal for one person or for two traveling slowly over a short distance. Dual purpose machines with a single cylinder engine and universal tyres are recommended for traveling in remote areas. They are economical, relatively easy to repair and have the correct suspension and chassis for rough country. However, they have limited capacity for storing camping gear.

A Midweight Motorcycle (between 500 and 750cc) is an ideal touring machine. It can carry two people and has enough power for carrying camping gear, spares and food as well. Both twin and four cylinder motorbikes are available. The four cylinder varieties are smoother to ride. However, a twin cylinder machine is generally more economical. Whichever model you choose, make sure you know how to service it.

A Heavyweight Motorcycle (between 750 and 1200cc) is mainly for the dedicated tourer, long distance traveler or heavyweight connoisseur. Fuel consumption can almost equal that of the average car and indeed surpasses some small four cylinder cars. A heavyweight motorcycle will carry two people with ease. It will also carry much more equipment than a lighter bike. Lower engine stresses usually make large bikes more reliable.

Remember, you should know what you are going to do with it before choosing a motorcycle.

Have a look at our website www.crikey-adventure-tours.com/motorcycle-holiday.html for more information where we cover all of these topics – and more.

Sport Bike Equipment – Motorcycle Stands – Tips

Sport bike racing is an adrenaline-pumping activity. Flying down the track, weaving in and out of other racers, watching the track turn to a blur is a real rush. Another aspect of riding fast is it isn’t just exciting, it’s also dangerous. Racers protect themselves with the right equipment for the job. You need the best equipment to protect yourself from the road and to protect your bike during maintenance. Some essentials include a well-made helmet, protective boots, gloves, and armor, and well-made shop equipment like a bike stand to support your bike.

Motorcycle racing can get expensive fast. You need protective gear for safe riding. Even for non-racing, street riding many countries have made wearing of personal protective equipment the law. Protective clothing includes jackets, gloves, boots, and pants. Many of these items are typically made of nylon, leather, and even Kevlar. Kevlar is an expensive material but can prevent things from piercing into you if you fall on it hard, such as when you fall off your bike and land on a sharp object. You can see that the cost of riding can escalate quickly.

Racing jackets combine style, comfort, and protecting. Most of these jackets have armor in the shoulder and elbow area. Some have armor in the back and other high impact areas. Brands that are popular with motorcyclists include First Gear, Icon, Moose, Shift, Alpinestars, and Joe Rocket. All the aforementioned companies offer jackets made up of textiles or leather, in different sizes and types.

Motorcycle boots have motorcycle specific features such as air flow enhancements and reinforcements on the shifting foot. Many of them provide extra protection not found in ordinary boots. Popular bands include Alpinestars, Sidi, ICON, Puma, TCX, and AXO.

You’ll need gear designed for use during cold weather or warm weather, depending on when you race. Cold-weather gear could be uncomfortable and much too warm if you race in it during the summer. It’s bad enough that the wrong gear could be uncomfortable and affect your performance, but it could also make racing less safe.

Sometimes overlooked in the motorcycle safety area is the equipment used to work on a bike. Many accidents actually happen in the shop while performing maintenance. There are plenty of statistics showing heavy bikes falling over and causing injury. Your motorcycle is heavy, and if the motorcycle stand fails your bike will fall and possibly land on some part of your body. I suggest you look into a well-made, heavy-duty stand.

Inspect your equipment often and always make sure it’s in good working condition. If something you are wearing is involved in a crash, make sure to doublecheck it’s in working order. Having your body armor plat slip at just the wrong time can be devastating, painful, and possibly deadly.

Motorcycle riding and racing is a blast. You need to do it responsibly; make sure you know what you are doing, get training, and practice safe racing. Research and own the right equipment to keep you and other racers safe on the track.

Tips For Maintaining Motorcycle Safety

Riding a motorcycle rides skill and an overall awareness of what needs to be done in order to stay safe in every situation. There are a number of things that can be done to maintain a high level of motorcycle safety on each and every ride that one takes.

Motorcycle Safety Course

If you’re a beginner in the world of riding motorcycles, or need a refresher course on safety and driving techniques, then a motorcycle safety course can benefit you. Safety courses provide you with the skills and knowledge needed to get you on the right track to becoming a very safe rider. Once you learn the skills needed, it will be up to you to continually practice them while riding.

Avoid Alcohol

Alcohol impairs your physical and mental abilities, and can put you and others at great risk for getting into an accident. You should never mix alcohol with any type of driving activity whether it be a car, motorcycle, boat, heavy equipment, or any other type of vehicle. When you ride motorcycle, you are already at a great disadvantage when compared to others on the road because your vehicle is much smaller. Throw alcohol into the mix and you’ll be even more at risk for injury or even death.

Safety Gear

Motorcycle gear can also help you maintain safety when you’re riding your motorcycle. For one, you should always wear a motorcycle helmet. Two, you should make it a point to wear protective eye wear the helmet you are wearing does not have a face shield. Third, you’ll want to wear protective and reflective clothing like leather motorcycle jackets.

Motorcycle Equipment

There are a number of items that need to be properly maintained on your motorcycle to ensure high levels of safety while riding. Items such as lights, tires, and brakes should all be kept in the best of conditions to help assure maximum motorcycle safety.