There is a big difference between cruising to the beach for a day, and cruising up and down the South American coast for a week. An Andes Moto Tour takes some careful planning beforehand, and a lot of consideration for the what if’s of motorcycle riding. Here are some hacks from some real riders who take these long journey’s in stride:
- Put your most often used items in the outside of the right saddlebag. This makes it easier to get to when your bike is parked on its kickstand.
- To protect your hands from the cold as you climb the Andes mountains, use loose hunter mittens over your regular riding gloves. This helps you to retain your own body heat better.
- Always carry a full set of extra fuses. A small problem can be a big hassle if you are up in the mountains with not a repair shop in sight.
- Patch kit because ditto on the tire repair shop when you are in the middle of no where with a flat.
- Always have an extra key on your person when travelling. Things happen when you are far from home, and it would take days before you could receive a package with your extra keys inside. A single key tucked inside of your wallet is a perfect solution.
- Keep a microfiber towel and can of Plexus to clean your face shield with. There are big bugs in the Andes, and you’re going to need something to clean them off of with.
- Bring along a konjac sponge for fast face washes. These eliminate the need for a bunch of soaps, but will still make sure all that dirt and grime is cleaned off of your face every night. Small and lightweight, a konjac sponge won’t even make a dent in your bag full of personal items – plus, it’s all natural, which is a huge positive in today’s market and society.
- Baby wipes or wet ones are also good to have handy to help you stay clean during your road trip. Bathrooms are not always going to be easy to find, and when you do, don’t expect luxury accommodations.
- Attach your travel documents to the inside top of the topcase using industrial strength Velcro so that you know they are never left behind.
- Use a small foam section to divide your side case. This can then be easily removed to save your knees, elbows or butt if you have to do a quick bike repair on the side of the road.
Long term bike travel is not always easy, but with common sense and ingenuity, you can prepare ahead for those little problems that are sure to arrive. If you have any travel hacks for motorcyclists, we’d love to hear about them in comments.