Essential Motorbike Accessories for Long-distance Riders
April 10, 2018
If you own a motorcycle and you’ve been looking to hit the road for quite some time, you should know that you can’t leave the house without several essential accessories. We created a list of some of the most useful pieces of gear you’ll need. Some of these items are designed to keep you comfortable on a long ride, and others are focused on maintaining you safe at all times.
The first important mention that we have to make is that, as you might have heard by now, it’s better to be safe than sorry. Use protective gear to ensure that all of your body parts are safe from harm at all times. You can opt for cool motorcycle helmets, airbag vests, but also knee and elbow protectors that can help you in the unhappy and, hopefully unlikely, event that you take a fall.
In some areas, various kinds of safety equipment are absolutely mandatory, and the law calls for them to be used as often as possible. While it might be tempting to get on your bike without a helmet even when you ride around town, you can’t risk getting your brain damaged just because you had a helmet and you left it at home.
Things that go a long way in increasing your comfort
If you’ve ever been on your motorbike for anything more than two hours, you probably know that, at some point or the other, both your rear and your back will start feeling achy.
While there aren’t too many things you can do to improve your back comfort unless you have a motorcycle that comes with a chair instead of a seat, you can do a lot to ensure that your backside doesn’t suffer all that much.
Some of the most useful accessories in this sense are motorbike seat cushions and gel pads that you can install as easily and conveniently as possible.
The right type of storage
There are several ways of taking your clothes, gadgets, and other essentials with you when you hit the road. One of them is to go for a motorcycle tank bag. Another would be to go for a backpack. You can also opt for saddlebags, and these are far more convenient than the other two types of products we’ve mentioned, in that they can be adapted to pretty much any kind of vehicle without you really having to check for their size.
Compatibility is paramount if you’re after a tank bag, and that’s because it will be placed right between your legs and arms; so, you have to make sure that it doesn’t hinder your moves and as such, affect your steering.
Lights and mirrors
In case you didn’t know, you can install extra mirrors on your handlebars. These will allow you to feel more assured that you’re keeping both yourself and the rest of the people on the road as safe as possible.
As for lights, even when you drive a car, it’s important to check that they’re in order and that they function properly. You can’t ever know when you might be caught driving through the night, so for those areas where there are no street lights, like remote villages and such, you definitely need working headlamps and tail-lights.