Long Distance Ride Tips:

KNOW YOUR LIMITS If the longest you’ve ever ridden is 250 miles don’t plan on a string of 1000-mile days.

BE PREPARED Prepare your bike before the trip. We’re all short of time, but if you can’t get your bike right before you start, on the road is no place to try and make repairs.

BE SAFE Forget about high speeds. Slow and steady wins this race. If you’re tired, stop. Get into your rain suit before it starts raining. Get gas before you need it.

GEAR UP Pack wisely. Less truly is more in this race. Keep the things that you will need easy access to.

REST RIGHT Know when to stop. Tired? Pull over now! And remember, it’s often the case that a rest stop can make you go faster.

BE HEALTHY If you can’t eat right, at least eat light. Be sure to stay hydrated.

Highway Riding Tips:

ON RAMPS When approaching an on-ramp, make sure you get to the pace smoothly, and check your shoulders and your mirrors, so that you can merge safely and smoothly into traffic.

FARTHEST LEFT LANE is usually the safest, even though the pace is supposed to be faster in the far left lane. There is less incidence for cars changing lanes into you. The furthest right lane, even though it is slowest, will have the highest chance of cars trying to change lanes and merge into your path.

LANE POSITIONING is important. Try not to stay in the middle of a lane, as a lot of cars will drip oily fluids. Try to stay off-center, and make sure to protect your lane position. Giving a car a wide berth will encourage them, and will make it very tempting for them to try to occupy that space. Use the whole width of your lane to your advantage. Keep your wits about you, your head and eyes up, and try to position your lane also so that you can see beyond the immediate traffic in front of you.

MAINTAIN YOUR SPACING amongst other cars and traffic. If you are too close to a car in front of you, you will not be able to notice debris or pothole on the highway in time to avoid it safely.

LANE CHANGES should be smooth and assertive. If you take too much time, it may give a car too much of an opportunity to try to occupy that space.

 

This information provided by Joe Wilks