Vietnam Off Road Motorcycle Tours And Adventures

Vietnam Off Road Motorcycle Tours And Adventures

We are the first and only motorbike / motorcycle tour operator in North Vietnam (region: Indochina, Southeast Asia) providing the widest selection of touring bikes to suit your personal preference. A good bike can make the difference between a good motorbiking holiday and a great motorcycling voyage. Offroad Vietnam® owns a fleet of unique Honda GL Pro Neotech 1600 156cc motorcycles, some Honda dirtbikes XL 125cc and step through (semi-automatic) moped scooters but does not own Minsk motorbikes or 250cc Honda motocross (dirt bikes). If you request a classic Minsk, we hire Minsks from Mr Cuong (also known as Master Mechanic or Minsk Doctor) who owns and operates Cuong’s Motorbike Adventure shop at 1 Luong Ngoc Quyen Street in Hanoi. Minsks still handle the jobs but we just can’t use the same bikes for 20 years. An upgrade to Honda dirt bikes or MX (Honda Baja or XR or AX1 250, Honda SL230cc) is also available at an additional cost. Our own bikes are supremely serviced and well equipped with quality parts and accessories.

Bicycle Collisions: A Protocol

Bicycle Collisions: A Protocol

Bike crashes can be significantly harmful for the people included, especially the bicyclist. It’s rare that cars are involved with bicycle accidents, but it could be devastating when they are. Identifying your rights and laws will be a fantastic advantage in any type of legal issues you may need to endure.

Luckily, just a small portion of bike mishaps involve vehicles; nevertheless, they possess the capacity to cause the greatest damage. This is because of intersections. Car drivers often don’t prepare for sharing the road with a bicyclist, so they are not on the lookout for bikes. If a driver does observe a bicycle rider, they typically misjudge the speed of the bicycle. Cyclists must be aware of this and take additional preventative measures to prevent this kind of accident. Increasing your visibility by wearing bright, reflective clothing. Other precautions consist of riding defensively and always being on the lookout.

A lot of states consider bikes to be a type of vehicle. Because of this, all bicyclist must adhere to the rules of the road. If a accident occurs, liability is based on who had the right of way. When traffic signals are present, the right-of-way is determined by the signal. If the signal is not able to acknowledge the presence of a bike, the bicyclist could try to reposition the bike so it’s closer to the sensors installed in the street; or the bicyclist can just cross at the crosswalk. If there are no traffic lights, the vehicle coming to the crossway first has the right-of-way. If the vehicles get to the intersection all at once, the vehicle to the right has the right-of-way.

If an accident should occur, it’s crucial that the police be notified right away. The authorities will document the event and all of the encompassing details in the accident record. The accident report is what helps decipher who was at fault, which assists insurance companies and any legal fees. It’s very important that you have your side of the story to the officer. Make sure to provide any traumas that you received, no matter just how small. Small injuries always have the capacity to become more serious later. If the police officer declines to take your statement, have the report amended. Get the driver’s name, address, phone number, driver’s license number, license plate number, and insurance information. Gather the exact same information from any witnesses. It’s also a great idea to document notes about the collision, like when and where it happened, the roadway it was on, weather conditions, etc.

Seek medical focus as soon as possible if you acquire any injuries. Medical records will authenticate the degree of your injury and support your liability claim. Unfortunately, accidents concerning this quality require legal action. It’s advised to speak with a personal injury attorney. The lawyer will accountable for settlement with insurance coverage companies, along with offering you judicial recommendations and representing you in a suit. Never ever correspond with the insurance company before getting in touch with an attorney. Anything you pass on to the insurance company could be used against you.

Little Known Motorcycle Winter Storage Tidbits

Little Known Motorcycle Winter Storage Tidbits

Come spring, do you want to slash a substantial percentage on your motorcycle maintenance budget? Every motorcycle owner should prepare his bike for winter, a season of inactivity. As we all know, can cause motorcycles a lot of maintenance issues if it is not thoroughly prepared for winter storage. Batteries for example, when not in use for a considerable time and leave it where it can freeze will cause the case to crack. Acid will come out of it and may spill on the bike. Just a drop of acid gets on the chain and will render it useless.

Wipe any grunge off the terminals of the battery and battery box. Spray on protectants to the connecting hardware and on the battery’s terminals. Keep your battery plug into a charger like Battery Tender. If a Battery Tender is not yet on your budget, incrementally charge the battery overnight every other week. If your battery is the kind where it requires fluid to be added, fill it up to the brim before storing. If your battery just goes blah during winter time, a Harley Davidson maintenance-free battery is one favorable replacement if you can find one that is compatible with your model motorcycle.

These days a lot of gasoline they are peddling at the pumps contain ethanol. Ethanol absorbs water from the atmosphere. If you ride your motorcycle regularly during summer, a few tanks of gasoline burn and its accompanying by-product which is water will go straight out to the exhaust.

But when it is winter and the bike is inactive, the water just settles in the tank and fuel system. That results in all kinds of maintenance problems. The fuel and water will mix,creating gum-like deposits in the fuel nozzles and carburetor. Although adding a few drops of gas preservative or fuel stabilizer (Stabile and Sea Foam) into the tank before each fill up, might prevent gas tank corrosion.

Changing oil and filter at proper interval during cold months will prevent unwelcome by-products we call gunk from mixing into the oil. In warmer season the gunk just burns off when the engine starts to warm up.

But during winter, ambient frigid temperature won’t help the engine to warm up enough to evaporate the gunk. So drain the the old oil and filter,replace it with new oil. Ride your bike around the block to be sure fresh oil has diluted the nasty by-product. Slosh it around and coat everything inside the tank.

Tires are also another thing to consider. Traction during winter is dodgy. So check tire pressure and tread depth. Use a reliable tire gauge. At least fifty percent of the tread left is minimum, before venturing out on a slimy slurry winter roads. Inflate tires at suggested maximum pressure.

To avoid developing flat spots on tires, get your motorcycle blocked up off its wheels by using a work stand. Roll the motorcycle or rotate the tires every other wheel if you can’t get them off the floor. Store tires away from compressor,washing machines, freezer etc. away from all source of ozone.

If the brake fluid changes from its amber color to a darker hue, it means the brake fluid has absorbed that much water. It should be also be replaced. Same with hydraulically operated clutches wherein accumulated fluid impairs clutch dis-engagement particularly when engine is hot. Before storing the bike or right before riding it again, either way, old brake fluid should be replaced.

If a weekly rub-a dub on your motorcycle is not convenient, hit the do-it-yourself car wash. After that, make sure your motorcycle is thoroughly dry by taking a long fast ride. An effective way to get all the nooks and crannies dry out.

Apply wax to painted parts and chrome polish the chrome components. Replace the lubricants of cables,chain,control lever,drive shaft,locks,linkages,saddle hinges etc. Move it in a circular motion as you apply the lube just to get it into mechanism. Buy a variety of lubricants like WD40,LPS3 or S100 corrosion protectant, Maxima’s chain wax and other smaller components can be lube with with vaseline. Exhaust pipes could be sprayed with WD40. Keep the lubes away from tires,grips and foot pegs.

Dirt, dust,road salt absorb moisture and are corrosive. It will eventually damage paint and metal. So to forestall rust, corrosion and aesthetic damage to your motorcycle, bucket wash and wipe clean your bike regularly.

So in conclusion, any moisture, water,gunk,contaminants or whatever you may want to describe the corrosive compounds that can invade your carburetor, fuel tanks,exhaust pipes, fuel nozzles etc. will send many motorcycle owners to their mechanics every spring and the repair costs is often quite enormous. So thoroughly prepare your motorcycle for long months of inactivity so that when riding season starts again, you won’t need to have your bike checked by your mechanic.

Bicycle Accidents Overlooked All Too Often

Bicycle Accidents Overlooked All Too Often

Some cities are less friendly to bicycle riders than others – often there are no lanes or shoulders to ride,
and the cyclists are left with no choice but to either ride in the street (dangerous) or on the sidewalks
(usually illegal). It’s easy to see why many bicyclists feel they have no rights on the road. They are
slower, smaller and less protected than the motor vehicles whizzing by.
For the most part, cyclists are required to follow the same laws as motor vehicles – and in some
situations, are given similar rights as pedestrians. With large cars and truck rushing by at 30 to 50 miles
per hour, it can be frightening to share the same lane. However, your only other option as a cyclist is to
ride on the sidewalk and risk endangering pedestrians or getting a ticket.
It’s true that there are rules and laws for drivers to follow in regard to keeping cyclists safe. The yellow
diamond-shaped signs let drivers know there is bicycle traffic in the area. In addition, it is common to
see signs asking drivers to “share the road.” These signs provide little comfort to bicyclists out there as
they are often ignored. It is a sad fact that drivers bully cyclists by running them onto the sidewalk or
even off the road. Too often, bicycle accidents are overlooked as personal injury cases.
Although traffic accident statistics are bleak, the worst part is that they are incomplete. The majority
of bicycle-related accidents go unreported to police authorities unless they involve death or severe
injuries. Most of the time there is not enough information because there are no other drivers or
witnesses. Most drivers involved in hit-and-run bicycle accidents are forgotten or never caught. After
such a disorienting event, it is extremely difficult for bicyclists to pay attention to things like license plate
numbers or the car color, make and model.
The first rule of protection on the road is being aware and obeying the rules and laws. In addition,
protective gear such as a helmet, pads and lights are invaluable to protecting you from harm. It is very
important to make yourself visible both day and night. Attach lights on the handlebars and seat post, as
well as reflectors in spokes. Reflective clothing is also a great way of protecting yourself when riding.
Some of the best protection you can give yourself is preparation. Before braving the busy streets, learn
to stay in control of your bicycle. If you are in control and aware of your surroundings, you can quickly
move yourself and get out of harm’s way. This could be the difference in simply taking a quick breather
after a close call, and a serious injury.
Although there are many hit-and-run drivers involved in bicycle-related accidents, when at-fault drivers
stop, they are usually let go because there is not enough evidence. They are also often let go because
it is assumed that the bicyclist was to blame. It is key in any type of personal injury case to get proper
representation. However, it is especially crucial with bicycle injuries because often the blame is already
cast. Knowing your rights is very important – there are laws in favor of bicyclists.
If you or someone you care about has been involved in a bicycle accident involving a motor vehicle, do
not let it go unnoticed. Even minor injuries should not be overlooked. Contact Harris May Injury Lawyers immediately for your free case consultation.

Bicycle Brakes Guide

Bicycle Brakes Guide

Your bicycle’s brakes are its main safety feature. They help control your speed and stop when you are ready to stop. There are many types of bike brakes for different applications. They all have advantages and disadvantages depending on use. There are brakes designed best for road bikes and some that work best on a mountain bike. There are different styles of rim brakes that apply stopping power to the rim and different types of hub brakes that apply stopping power to the hub area of your wheel. We’ll break all of this down for you in a way that is as easy as possible to understand.


Brakes are the component of the braking system that actuate the brake pads and directly apply stopping power to either the rim or the hub of a bicycle wheel.

Brake pads

Brake pads are pressed to the rim or disc to apply stopping power. They are made of many different compounds for different applications. Each style of brake has a specific style of pad that will work properly with that brake. Some pads have cross compatibility and can be used for multiple platforms, mainly cantilever and V-brakes. It is important to check brake pad wear and alignment to ensure safe riding.

Brake levers

Brake levers actuate the caliper and are normally located on the handlebars. They are the rider interface with the braking system. There are two main types of brake levers: those intended for drop bars and those designed for flat bars. From there, there are levers designed to work with the different variations of brake calipers and dual control levers that control braking and shifting. With dual control levers you have to determine the proper brake interface and shift interface.

Drop bar levers
Drop bar levers are ergonomic levers that mount to the front, curving section of a drop bar. They act as the main hand placement position on most road bikes. Drop levers are typically designed to work with center-pull or side-pull brakes. If you are using linear pull brakes with drop levers, you must use a lever that is designed to function with the increased mechanical advantage that linear pull brakes afford.

Flat bar levers
Flat bars have their own set of levers, typically called mountain bike levers or BMX levers. It is important to know which type of brake the lever will be used with. Center pull and side pull brakes use one type of lever, while linear pull brakes need a special lever.

Aero levers
Aero levers are special levers that attach to the end of bull-horn-style handlebars for time trial or triathlon use. They typically attach to the inside of the handlebar with an expansion nut.
Rim Brakes

Rim brakes apply stopping power (friction) to your wheel’s rim. Rim brakes are generally actuated with a cable which is pulled with a brake lever mounted on the bike’s handlebars. There are a few different ways in which the cable attaches to the brake. Another way to classify brakes is by mounting style. Most brake types crossover, so defining them can become confusing.

Cable interface

The manner in which a cable connects with and actuates a brake and brings the pads to the rim is a key characteristic to consider when shopping for the proper brake.

Center pull
Center pull brakes have a split or “straddle cable” that connects to the two opposite brake arms and is pulled from the center to bring the pads to the rim.

Linear pull
Linear pull brakes use a cable stop to act as one anchor point, stopping the cable housing and anchoring the cable’s end on the other brake arm. When the cable is pulled, the two arms are actuated and stopping power is applied to the rims.

Side pull
Side pull brakes have a single cable running down the side of the caliper and work similarly to linear pull in that the housing and cable work together to actuate the brake arms. The big difference between linear pull and side pull is that side pull calipers have both brake arms on both sides of the caliper and pivot around the anchor bolt.

Mounting style

The manner in which a rim bike brake is attached to a bicycle frame and the way that the brake functions is the other key defining characteristic.

Cantilever brake
Cantilever brakes are characterized by two separate brake arms that pivot around two separate bolts mounted into the frame on opposite sides of the wheel. The two styles are standard cantilevers with bent arms and a center pull straddle cable, and Shimano’s patented V-brake style with straight arms and a linear pull cable.

Shimano developed a straight arm cantilever brake that is actuated from a linear pulled cable. This V-brake systems offer more mechanical advantage than traditional cantilevers requiring a brake lever that applies less advantage.

A brake caliper mounts to the bicycle frame at a single, central point that also acts as a pivot point for the brake arms on both sides of the rim. Calipers can be actuated with a side pull or center pull.

* Single pivot: In single pivot caliper brakes, both brake arms pivot around a single, central point that also anchors the caliper to the bicycle.
* Dual pivot: Dual pivot brakes anchor and pivot around a central point with an additional pivot on one side that adds mechanical advantage. Dual pivot brakes are the norm in today’s road cycling market and are generally lower profile and higher quality than single pivot brake calipers available today.

Hub Brakes

Hub bike brakes apply stopping power to your wheel’s hub. Sometimes they are internal (drum and coaster brakes), and sometimes they are external (disc brakes). Internal hubs can be actuated via brake levers or by applying reverse torque on the crank arms. External hub brakes are generally actuated with a brake lever attached to the handlebars

Disc brakes

Disc bike brakes use a caliper attached to the bicycle’s frame or fork that apply stopping power to a metal disc attached to the corresponding hub. Disc brakes do a much better job at dissipating heat than traditional rim brakes and, because they don’t interface with the rim, don’t cause any rim wear. They have become extremely widespread in off-road bikes and with tandems for these reasons. The main things to consider when purchasing disc brake parts are whether the brake is hydraulic or mechanical, the disc rotor diameter and interface, and the caliper mounting interface. There are adapters that can be used to aid in cross-compatibility, but not all brakes work with all bikes.

Drum brakes

Drum brakes are actuated by a brake lever, generally mounted on the handlebars. The brake actuation presses brake pads against the inner wall of the hub shell. They are popular on tandems and motorized bikes. Since they are internal, they work well even in the worst weather conditions.

Coaster brakes

Coaster brakes work in a similar fashion to drum brakes. The large difference is actuation; while drum brakes are actuated via a brake lever, coaster brakes function with a reverse pedaling motion. Pedaling backwards forces a brake cone to push brake pads against the internal hub shell. Normal pedaling motion disengages the brake cane, allowing for normal pedaling. Coaster brakes are only installed on the rear wheel of a bicycle.

Electric Bicycles for Sale: An FAQ and Review of the Urban Mover UM36SX

Electric Bicycles for Sale: An FAQ and Review of the Urban Mover UM36SX

Electric bicycles are the perfect replacement for automobiles. Their price is not as high and they are great for people who are environmentally conscious. A fantastic way of toning lower back muscles in addition to receiving a low-impact cardiovascular workout is through bicycle riding. Coming up are replies to various frequently asked questions concerning standard electric bicycles for sale plus facts regarding the Urban Mover UM36SX.

Electric Bicycles for Sale: How Many Watts of Power Do I Need?

A motor built for electric bicycles for sale is supposed to boost the power built-up by the rider, which is close to 100 watt in excess of a customary cycling trip. Another factor to consider is how much you want to rely on the motor. If you’re counting on the motor to do most of the work, choose one that’s rated at 600 watts or more. If you’re planning on doing most of the work yourself, a motor with a 100 watt rating will be adequate. The Urban Mover UM36SX includes a 250 watt high power S style 37V high torque non-brush motor.

Electric Bicycles for Sale: What Kind of Motor Should I Use?

Available are 3 forms of electric motors offered on electric bicycles, which are DC or direct current, SBLDC or sensor-less brushless direct current, and BLDC or brushless direct current. DC motors have a simple design, but tend to be less efficient. They also weigh more. BLDC motors are lighter, smaller, and more efficient over a good range of speeds. On the other hand, they include intricate wiring. SBLC motors weigh less and are the more diminutive of the three styles and contain basic wiring and more capability. It is quite unusual to see DC motors in electric bicycles, in addition, more than 80% of them are integrated with BLDC motors. The newer SBLDC motors may be more difficult to find, but are worth ferreting out because their electronics are much less complex. The motor used in the Urban Mover contains as much as an 80km range.

Electric Bicycles for Sale: How Large of a Battery is Necessary?

The size of a battery is reliant upon how much current it ultimately provides, and its voltage. Simply multiply these 2 values together to figure the watt/hours, a measure of the battery’s energy. The value still could be swayed by factors like condition of the battery and the temperature. The normal lead-acid battery, the style that is applied in autos, do not operate proficiently in an electric bike, for the simple reason that the power is consumed within a couple of hours. For that reason, it would be best to select a bicycle containing a nickel-cadmium (NiCd) or nickel-metal-hydride (NiMH) in its place. Despite the battery you decide on, be positive that it is efficient enough to run your bike for a minimum of 2 times your daily mileage. The UM36SX contains a built-in Panasonic 37V 9Ah lithium battery featuring a 2 year guarantee.

If you are interested in electric bicycles for sale, the Urban Mover UM36SX needs to be the first one on your list.

Important and valuable motorcycle helmet tips

Important and valuable motorcycle helmet tips

When it comes to riding a two-wheeler, wearing a helmet is important. Why, in some countries of the world, it?s illegal to ride a two-wheeler without a helmet.
When you ride a two-wheeler, there is always the risk of falling. It need not be your mistake; another vehicle could ram into you or the road may be slippery or there may be a large stone on the road. Whatever the reason, you could fall and topple. In that case, your head is vulnerable to injury, big or small. As you know, any head injury could easily turn nasty and could rob you of your life, in the worst-case scenario. That is why it is important to wear helmet when riding two wheelers.
However, there is a view maintained by many riders that motorcycle helmets may limit your vision because it blocks your peripheral vision. This may be true to a limited extent. However, it is possible to overcome the negative impacts of motorcycle helmets by buying them with care.
* Before you buy the helmet, check whether the helmet is manufactured by a reputed company. It is absolutely essential to buy helmets that have undergone impact tests. These tests simulate what happens when a person is thrown from a bike. The tests assess whether the helmet is durable and dependable. Wearing a helmet that splinters on impact is worse than not wearing a helmet at all.
* Motorcycle helmets come in various sizes and shapes. In fact, there are even kiddie helmets that may be used by children who ride bikes. Then, there are half motorcycle helmets, the open faced helmets and the full head helmet. The last is the best choice for an adult. It provides complete protection from the top of the head to the chin and the side of the face.
* Before you buy a helmet, it is necessary to try the helmet on. Wear it at least for a few minutes. This helps you assess whether the helmet is biting into your skin or feeling uncomfortable. Also check in the mirror that the helmet is balanced evenly on both sides. Check the chin strap too. It should not be too long. It should be possible to tuck away the chin strap safely so that it does not hit the chin.
* The helmet you buy must have undergone anti-fog and anti-scratch treatments. This makes the helmet safe for use in tough conditions.
* Buy helmets that are more aerodynamic. Helmets with better vents eliminate excess noise. Poor ventilation is the root cause of too much noise.
* Choose motorcycle helmets that mold to the face nicely. A good fit ensures that the helmet sits snugly and closely on the head. Of course, as you start using the helmet, the material will mold itself to your face. Even so, starting with a good fit is a nice idea.

How To Choose A Motorcycle Leather Jacket That’s Right For You

How To Choose A Motorcycle Leather Jacket That’s Right For You

When you are about to go riding you are going to need to make sure that you have the right Motorcycle Leather Jacket. It is not just a piece of clothing it is a statement. It is a way of saying who you are and that yes, I ride.

When you go to purchase a Motorcycle Leather Jacket, you will need to keep a couple of things in the front of your mind. You will need to keep style and comfort in mind. You want to ensure that the jacket you want is one that will fit you properly. The jacket that you end up going with should be something that you will want to wear over and over again and not necessarily only when you go to ride your bike.

The jacket that you choose and go with should have a feel of a second skin and make you want to wear not feel as if it is a burden to have to put it on. The way it fits will decide how you feel. You do not want the jacket to be constricting, yet you want it to be close enough to you so you sure not swimming in it.

When looking at a leather motorcycle jacket consider all of the different styles and designs that are available as well for you to choose. From different colors, to artwork there is a plethora of options out there. Do you want tassels on your jacket, many zippers, multiple pockets or simply have impressions and raised areas to show off your style. Look at all of the different designs and options that are available to you before you settle on one thing that may or may not reflect your ideas and style.

Keep in mind that the Motorcycle Leather Jacket is not only to keep you warm, but also it aids in preventing some injuries in the event you are in an accident. It is the last line of defense between you and the concrete in most cases, so consider that when making a purchase. You may want to look into the possibility of getting a jacket that offers additional padding or protection if you do happen to hit the streets.

In addition to the purchase of a Motorcycle Leather Jacket, one will need to get the proper accessories to match it of course. One will need to get the gloves and the boots to match the coat as well as the helmet and possibly even sunglasses. Remember it is not only about safety when one is looking into riding which is the primary reason for the Motorcycle Leather Jacket, but style.

You will need to get gloves that of course will match the jacket and offer protection as well and there is even the possibility of buying leather pants or chaps depending on how you are riding and what it is you will be doing. Looking good and feeling safe are what is important when it comes to riding and what to wear.

*** Success Is Like Riding A Bicycle

*** Success Is Like Riding A Bicycle

Okay, a show of hands, please!
How many of you learned to ride a bicycle as a child?
Hey, that’s quite a lot of you.
Now, close your eyes and remember what it felt like to ride a bicycle for the first time. Maybe yours had training wheels that helped to balance the bike as you gained confidence riding on the sidewalk in front of your house. As your confidence expanded and also from observing the older children in the neighborhood riding without any assistance, you then graduated to your first test without training wheels.
It was scary!
At the beginning came the wobbling of the tires and excited, hurried pedaling as you struggled to break free of your parent’s or older sibling’s guiding hand for balance. And, perhaps there were one or two falls along the way! However, through your determination, will power, desire and continued practice you soon sped forward on your own.
As you grew in size and age, you moved up to bigger and more complex bicycles and mastered them all. Some of you even learned to ride without holding on to the handlebars or perhaps did “daredevil” tricks jumping over ramps like “Evel Knievel”.
And, I’ll bet now that even if you haven’t ridden a bicycle in years, you could still do it.
Now, let’s take a look at success. For many people, success or being successful is just as scary as the first time they rode a bicycle. Naturally, many people want to be successful. However, there are few that truly have the motivation to put forward the needed effort and action, and make the necessary sacrifices to get what they want.
Here are four of my success strategies. Make them part of your “quest for success”.
1) Just as you did when you learned to ride a bicycle here is only one way to accomplish anything today — set your mind to concentrate on doing it and let nothing interfere with your progress. Obstacles, whether they be training wheels on a bike or lack of resources (money, time, lack of skill, etc.) are quickly overcome by the person that sets out to accomplish their heart’s desire. Those who have the desire, “the fire in the belly” so to speak will out distance and out perform those who do not.
2) No matter what anyone says, “Size does matter.” When you first learned to ride a bike, you were a child. As you grew to adulthood, of course you were faced with greater and more challenging situations. On your road to success, remember this quote from my Success System book, “The Power Of Concentration – How To Take Control Of Your Life”…
“The “bigger” you are, the smaller the obstacle appears. The “smaller” you are the greater the obstacle appears”.
Always look at the advantage you gain by overcoming obstacles, and it will give you the needed “size” and courage for the conquest – now and in the future.
3) Do not expect that you will always have a smooth road, free of potholes, speed bumps and detours. Parts of your journey are likely to be rough. The way you navigate the bad roads shows exactly what you are made of. Keep on with your journey and view with delight the smooth roads that are in front of you.
4) Do not let a setback stop you. Just like when you skinned your knees and elbows learning to ride, think of it as a mere incident that has to be overcome before you can reach your goal. Learn from it and use the lesson to move ahead.
Success IS like riding a bicycle. Learn my strategies of success outlined above, and you will ALWAYS be up to the challenge – regardless of the size.
Copyright 2007 by Keith A. Shaw and Mind Body Spirit, LLC. All rights reserved. No portion of this article may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system, or transmitted in any form or by any means – electronic, mechanical, photocopying, audio or video recording or otherwise – without the written permission of the author and publisher.

Tips For Safer And More Enjoyable Long Motorcycle Tour

Tips For Safer And More Enjoyable Long Motorcycle Tour

In this day and age touring by motorcycle seems basic. It is because it really is. If your bike is well prepared( that means you have done your pre-ride motorcycle inspection), you drag along a few motorcycle tools ,if you have common sense, wear proper riding gear and always bring your owner’s manual, you should be able to overcome most emergencies and all kinds of weather conditions that you will encounter during your long motorcycle tour.

For some riders, the perfect vacation is riding long days on their bikes. For them the road is simply a way to merge points of interests which are best experienced on a motorcycle. The ride is the destination.

Riders with rigid schedule and who strictly stick to it will not only fore go and by pass chances to stop and smell the roses like, taking leisurely meals and see some exotic sites. It will also expose them to dangerous situations because they force themselves to ride even if they lack sleep and tired.

Experienced riders normally ride 300 to 500 miles a day and usually already have developed systems and routines for long motorcycle trips. They usually ride alone on major roads and interstates and can still do it leisurely. But if you have never taken a long ride before, you should start carving away a few miles on the first day. The first day of your tour will involve some adjustments and delays to your gear and motorcycle. The second day will probably be the best day for beginner motorcycle tourers because you are still fresh and most bugs will probably be worked out. After the third day, fatigue is likely to become a major factor.

Minor things such as a flapping jacket collars, loud pipes, uncomfortable helmet and motorcycle seat, wind noise,scratched face shields or windshields, continuous exposure to sun and wind can dehydrate you faster than you may have realized. These situations can easily wear you down and can be a tremendous source of fatigue.

Here are what you need to fight fatigue:

1. Adequate sleep-If you plan to rack up numerous miles on your long motorcycle tour, you need to strategically plan your sleep and rest. You can have a sleep deficit if you ride long and hard by day and not get enough sleep and waking up for early departures. Plan to have a catch-up on sleep every two or three days and set a flexible riding routine. Do not make the mistake of drinking liquor thinking that it is a sleep aid. Alcohol actually reduce the quality and quantity of your sleep. Give your body a chance to adapt. Take breaks as often as you can.

2.You will need ear plugs and good quality full face helmet to protect against wind noise. A windshield that you can comfortably see over can also reduce wind noise.

3. You will need a vented or mesh jacket and helmet to protect you against sunburn and windburn. Some riders mistakenly wear only a cotton tshirt or even go top naked in dealing with the scorching heat. They don’t know they are more likely to fatigue faster.

4. Modifications on your bike like adding a comfortable saddle, a sissy bar bag with a combination backrest,small windshields with no visual distortions. These things can contribute to a more comfortable and more fun long motorcycle tour.

And of course a few calisthenics( before and after a ride), proper nutrition and constant re-hydration by drinking a lot of water will increase your energy, makes you more alert and consequently enable you to experience an enjoyable journey on a bike. These tips are boring i know, but these are time tested solutions for fighting fatigue.

One of other major concerns of riders who are planning to embark on a long motorcycle trek is gas mileage. How many miles does a tank full of gas cover? You would not want to be stranded in a strange deserted road and as darkness fall ,waiting for someone who would come by and help you.

The main idea here is to find ways to maximize the gas tank’s capacity. Make sure to load up a full tank of fuel before a long leg. Some bikes will take a minute or two before the air escapes around the filler baffle and adding a squirt or two will get much more fuel to the tank. Another way is to straighten up the motorcycle instead of leaning it on the side stand will get significantly more fuel into the tank.

If you have 5.0 gallon tank, it will take about 4.0 gallons of gas consumption when the low-fuel light blinks for the first time. You have about 1.0 gallon of gas left and you can go approximately 40 miles at 45 mph after that. You have to pull over and fill up the tank completely when the low-fuel light comes on.

Speed changes mean more mileage especially if you are riding on little country back roads compared to a long stretch of straight roads.

Leave some time in your itinerary for the unexpected. As the saying goes” you experienced nature first hand on a motorcycle”. It also means motorcycles are susceptible to weather and mechanical delays than cars. Give yourself extra time as buffer, just in case you get held up surprisingly by traffic, weather and motorcycle problems etc. This particular riding tip is for riders who must be back at work on a given day.

These long motorcycle tour especially if this is your first time, might turn out to be rides of exploration and discovery. This might be the occasion where you learn what moves you to travel by motorcycle. You might realized that the scenic roads is the highlight of the trip or meeting new people or nonetheless you will decide that only few activities can ever match the adventure of a long motorcycle tour.