In this life, some journeys can be transformative. Whether it’s a backpacking college student discovering life in Europe for the first time, or a long, liberating motorcycle ride working man traits himself with, some journeys change us forever.
Motorcycle trips are a perfect way to find peace of mind and to constantly discover little things about yourself.
Maybe it’s all about reflecting on your life as you ‘fly’ by new surroundings on your motorcycle, feeling the breeze wiping away all of your worries.
Ask any biker or anyone that has ever taken a motorcycle trip, and each of them will tell you about a moment that changes everything.
While pure wanderlust can be a magnificent reason on its own, let’s take a look at other important reasons why a long motorcycle trip can be good for you.
It Creates the Most Amazing Stories
While on the road, you will meet many new people, some of them will become your buddies for life. You will also experience new sorts of lifestyles and get a peek into new cultures. All of this will give you a bunch of interesting memories to share and stories to tell that will last you for a lifetime.
One of the most incredible things about taking motorcycle trips is experiencing nature and diverse humanity first hand.
You Will Learn a Lot About Yourself
Mixing self-discovery with trips might sound a bit mellowed out due to the rising trend of Instagram travellers, but it is absolutely true and it happens every time you travel, especially when you travel on a motorcycle.
Taking long riding trips on your own or with your friends will teach you a lot about yourself and the kind of person that you really are.
First of all, you will understand what are your basic necessities. Since you’ll be on a motorcycle, you won’t have much space for luggage, so suddenly you have to decide between 10 of your favorite t-shirts and 20 pairs of your most amazing jeans. Are you sure you need a separate face soap and a shower gel? Can you survive with just one comfortable pair of shoes?
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Taking a long motorcycle trip will make you understand how much unnecessary load you keep in your life. While packing and considering what to take with you and what to leave behind, you will have a lot of time to think about this trip and about being on your own, without all of your helpful gadgets.
The Trip Will Make You A Lot More Independent
When you travel alone on your bike, you are forced to learn how to take care of yourself and all of your belongings wherever the road leads you. The trip will teach you who to trust. When you’re among strangers, your brain will automatically sharpen your senses and make you ‘read’ people a lot better.
A solo riding tour will teach you how to cook, too, but also what to eat, how to clean up after yourself, how to manage the money you’ve brought for this trip, making you much more self-reliant than you were before taking the trip.
You Will Learn A Lot About Your Bike
Commuting to work and going on short daily rides is one thing, but going on a long motorcycle trip is something completely different. A long trip will change the way you see your motorcycle forever. You will pay extra attention to the maintenance because you are away from home and this motorcycle is everything you’ve got.
All the little things that you have been ignoring for months will now take priority. You must prepare your bike completely and thoroughly before taking a long trip, and when you take it for a detailed checkup, you might be surprised at how much pampering it needed.
As a plus, you will pay much more attention to your riding gear. You will make sure you have all the essentials for a motorcycle road trip and check your helmet, motorcycle boots, jacket, gloves, and so on.
You might have overlooked some of these things while taking short rides, but for a long trip, no biker that values their life would want to take any chances.
You Will See Places You Would Never Think to Visit by Car
With two wheels instead of four, you can make your way through almost anywhere. Many absolutely wonderful places are unapproachable for car drivers, such as small alleys and tiny pathways, but nothing can stop you on your motorcycle.
On two wheels, you can make your way to beautiful little quaint towns, interesting food streets, and culturally rich marketplaces. And the best thing about travelling by motorcycle is that parking shouldn’t be an issue – well, at least most of the time.
You Will Realize That Travelling By Any Other Mean of Transportation is Just Not Good Enough
Once you get a taste of the deliciously exhilarating experience that goes with taking a long motorcycle trip, you will discover that no other vehicle could ever come close.
The sense of freedom you feel as the wind hits your face is incomparable to anything else in this world. You will love it so much that you will want to take solo road trips more often and you’ll want them to last for longer periods of time.
You Will Meet Many New people
A motorcycle trip gives you a rare insight into people that no other form of transportation could ever deliver. You will come across all kinds of people coming from different cultures and walking various life paths you will learn about. They each have unique preferences and reasons for being the way they are.
You will learn about people’s nature, the various ways they express their emotions and the different ways they celebrate the things they hold dear to heart.
Going on a long motorcycle trip can be an experience of a lifetime. Whether completely solo or with a riding buddy, it is something every biker should experience at least once in their lifetime.
While taking such a trip may need a bit of investment and tons of preparation, what you get in return is far greater than you might imagine.
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Author: Diana Spasic, Biker Digital Chief Editor