There’s nothing like the wind in your hair on the open road with a throaty roadster underneath you, rumbling down the highway. And though the motorcycle lifestyle isn’t for everyone, this is one adventure that should be on everyone’s bucket list.
Riding a motorcycle is nothing like driving a car. Everything along the road is much more present and visceral. You can smell the passing landscape and see it up close rather than it passing by in a frame out of a car window. And this is part of the allure of the biker lifestyle.
But what does a motorcycle trip offer you? What are the benefits? And what are the best ways to keep safe while out on the open road?
If you’re ready to take part in a great adventure, the following will provide a little guidance.
Keeping Safe on the Road
When you’re on a motorcycle, you don’t have any of the safety protections that you do while riding in a passenger vehicle. Aside from your helmet, you’re just as exposed to the elements as the passing scenery.
This is why motorcycle safety is absolutely critical when you set out on a cross-country biking trip. Because being involved in a motorcycle accident can be life threatening.
While you’re on the bike, it’s extremely important to keep aware of your surroundings. As you might know, many motorists today are busy staring at their smartphones while driving. And without having much safety protection, one wrong move by a distracted driver can be fatal.
As a rule of thumb, always wear a helmet and operate your bike at a safe speed that’s comfortable for you to handle. And you may also prefer to take less busy roads, and leave the Interstate to cars and trucks.
Where Should You Go?
Across North America, there are many hidden gems that are perfect for exploration while on a bike. And you may find that the most interesting places are often found in the smaller, lesser traveled regions of the country.
For example, maybe you want to visit the far north of Canada and explore the other side of Niagara falls on a day trip from Toronto or you could head out west and visit the ancient puebloan sites nestled along the Colorado plateau. The choice is up to you and whatever you want to experience.
Further, you’ll want to remember that by riding a bike, you’ll have much more freedom than when you’re driving a car. And this means that taking dirt roads and older trails will be possible in some parts of the country. So if you do your research, you’ll have no problem finding the perfect biking experience.
What’s In It for You?
Aside from saving money on gas, and being on your own, you’ll have a panoramic view of the open countryside. And for most motorcycle enthusiasts, this is the best part.
As mentioned, when you’re on your bike traveling, you’ll have the direct experience that includes all the sights, sounds and scents of the open road. And this can be an invigorating experience for the first-time traveler. But there are even more benefits than just a great view.
For example, scientific studies have suggested that riding a motorcycle can relieve stress and improve alertness. Additionally, you’ll develop a stronger core, burn plenty of calories, and get plenty of exercise.
Further, there are also many studies that suggest that riding a bike exercises the brain in such a way that it improves the area of cognitive function which can be affected by age.
Riding a motorcycle takes time to learn. And there are quite a few safety protocols to follow. But once you’re comfortable riding, there’s simply nothing like taking your bike out on the open road to experience the vitality of life, nature, and all things under the sun.