EagleRider Offers Expert Packing Advice for Long-Distance Rides
Tips from World's Largest Motorcycle Rental Company Help Riders Gear Up
March 18, 2011 // Franchising.com // Hawthorne, CA – EagleRider, the world's largest motorcycle rental and tour company, has been outfitting trips since 1992 and is passing along its expert know-how to its fellow riders—both beginner and advanced—on how to get ready for the open road.
Currently launching spring trips, EagleRider is staffed with motorcycle enthusiasts who know what's essential and what won't weigh a rider down.
"Spring is the kick start to our busiest time of year because of the warm weather and clear roads that now lead to scenic views around the country," said Chris McIntyre, President of EagleRider. "Our experience has taught us that getting the most out of any trip means packing the right gear, which is light and keeps the rider free."
EagleRider takes pride in caring for each rider's safety and comfort so are providing these tried-and-true tips for long-distance journeys:
- Pack efficiently: A good rule of thumb is to pack for a motorcycle trip like it's a three-day weekend, even though it'll likely be a trip of a lifetime. Conserve space by rolling up clothes instead of folding them and bring clothes that can be easily washed at each stop. For the true road warriors, everything needed for the night should just be stored in a rolled-up sleeping bag for easy retrieval and loading the next morning.
- Prepare for all elements: When traveling cross-country, riders will experience varying climates as they cruise through different geographic regions so carry warm- and cold-weather attire. By layering, clothes can be easily shed when venturing into warmer temperatures. Raingear is as important as leather gear, and line saddlebags with trash bags to keep everything inside dry.
- Plan ahead: Riders should know the weather better than a meteorologist by checking reports every day and checking out season averages to anticipate the day's ride. The trip's route should be mapped out well in advance and riders should bring a GPS, if possible.
- Expect the unexpected: Part of the allure of any motorcycle trip is not always knowing what's around the next bend, but it doesn't hurt to be prepared. Every rider should have tools on hand in case of mechanical trouble, but for the sake of space, pack multi-use tools or use zip-ties to fasten them onto the handle bars. Since it helps in any situation, a rider's best companion is duct tape. Always carry things for an emergency like a first-aid kit, cellular phone, flashlight and spare keys, and always inform others of travel plans.
- Prep the bike: A rider doesn't want the trip to end before it begins, so the bike should be inspected for anything out of the ordinary, like leaks or engine noises. The tires should be filled with air and the bike washed clean. Additional equipment such as luggage racks, backrests or windshields should be installed in advance. Take a dry run with the bike packed to get the feel of it or to see if it's overloaded.
- Protect the body: Riders need to care for themselves just like their bikes. Items like sunglasses, gloves and riding boots should be worn at all times. Sunscreen and lip balm will defend against burns and chapping during the ride. To keep the trip going it's important to keep the body hydrated, so plenty of water in tow is essential.
"These tips will help any rider, on any terrain, have a smooth trip," added McIntyre.
Since EagleRider's initial launch, the company has pioneered the Harley-Davidson® motorcycle rental concept and the guided motorcycle tour business in the most desirable tourist destinations in the world. Today, the franchise offers a complete line of vehicles making virtually any traveler's idyllic itinerary possible.
EagleRider is the world's largest motorcycle rental and tour company specializing in Harley-Davidson® rentals, ATV rentals, Dirt Bike rentals and Watercraft rentals. The franchise offers bike enthusiasts the opportunity to rent the American Dream and experience the ultimate motorcycle touring adventure from worldwide locations. Whether for a weekend escape or for a cross country motorcycle tour, EagleRider provides the means to release the pent up outlaw that yearns for the open road. The franchise boasts 72 franchise locations around the world in 12 countries with plans to add 12 locations in 2011. For more information, visit www.eaglerider.com.