Essential Hints & Tips
These hints and tips are designed to make your touring more enjoyable by avoiding breakdowns and preventing some common reasons for relying on your breakdown assistance provider.
- Servicing – Don’t leave it to the last minute to get your bike serviced before leaving on your touring trip. The beginning of the season is the busiest time, so leave plenty of time for booking your service early to avoid disappointment.
- Spare keys/immobiliser – Always take a spare set of keys with you on your journey. Pack them in a separate location, or better still, if you have a pillion, let them have the spare keys. Same advice goes for alarm / immobiliser remotes as well, take the spare one with you and remember to take spare remote batteries.
- Bike security – Never keep your ignition key and your bike lock/security device key on the same key ring. If your keys are stolen then not only can they start the bike, but they can remove any security device at the same time. It may be worth investing in a heavy duty bike chain or D-lock. If you’re in an unfamiliar area, you’ll feel far more comfortable if you can secure your bike to a static strong object with a chain.
- Luggage – Invest in suitable luggage, even if it’s just a bike rack. Using bungee strapping for loose bags and equipment over the pillion seat is a recipe for disaster. It’s difficult to keep an eye on whilst you’re facing the opposite direction. It can easily slip sideways, meaning straps can become loose and could interfere with the rear wheel, chain mechanism or become damaged when resting on hot exhaust silencers.
- Packing – When packing luggage/panniers, always pack equipment/belongings that you may need on the journey on the nearside of the bike. This means you don’t have to stand and unpack whilst in the road with your back to flowing traffic. It’s a lot safer on the nearside away from the dangers of other vehicles.
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