Riding has always been a thrilling adventure. With a car, you can comfortably do an eight-hour stretch in one sitting. Can you also do it on your bike? How long will you be able to safely ride your bike in a day? I’ll walk you through what you should consider making an informed decision.
Start out with a practice run
Each rider has their own set limit on the number of miles they can cover in a day and feel comfortable riding the next day. Keep in mind that with riding, you’re sited on one position for a lengthy period of time. Muscle cramps and soreness aren’t foreign experiences. You don’t want to overdo it to the extent that you can’t mount your bike once you dismount. Or the next day.
My advice, be practical. There is no shame in starting small and adding a few miles each time. Let’s say you do 50 miles one weekend. Are you comfortable that night and the next day? Add 10 miles next weekend. If you’re still comfortable, keep adding up. However, when you get to a point you’re sore and stiff, decrease the miles by 10. Find your limit and work around it.
Get the right bike
Heavier bikes like Harley’s are better for long trips than the lighter ones. Any motorcycle imports dealer will give you details on heavy and light bikes. They take the wear and tear of a long trip like champs. Be prepared to hear the noise of the bike for the entire trip. If it bothers you an earplug would do you some good.
Also, have the right seat for a long trip. It should be relatively flat, long, and hard. The reason being an indented seat only allows you to sit on one position but these sit lets you move around.
Check the traffic, weather, and road conditions
Weather can be a formidable enemy to a rider. If there is a heavy downpour, you have to slow down or get off the road. Trust me, you don’t want to play with thunderstorms, tornadoes, and even snow.
And if there is an accident or construction and traffic is snarled, be patient. It may slow you down but swerving all over or rushing blindly to beat traffic isn’t safe. According to Consumer Reports, more than half of the motorcycle fatalities are caused by speeding.
So, don’t try to cover more miles than the traffic, weather, and road conditions allow.
I hope you now know that the distance you can cover on any given day depends on your bike, your mileage tolerance, traffic, weather, and road safety.