APN News

  • Sunday, September, 2021| Today's Market | Current Time: 03:42:19
  • 10 Things you must have when you are going on a Motorcycle trip

    Published on June 22, 2020

    by Arya T N 

    Long winding roads would be a hard-hitting weakness for many wanderlusts. To feel the wind in one’s hair and drive through the traffic-less roads is a definite way to wind down. However, safety is an equally important factor that one must never overlook. Driving comes with its own set of responsibilities and it’s paramount that you put safety first. 

    Here are the top 10 important things you must have with you before you embark upon a motorcycle trip.

     

    1. Bike registration, driver’s license and ID cards – The registration certificate of your bike and your driver’s licence are the primary documents that you must have it with you at all times, even if you are just stepping out to buy groceries. 

    If you are ever flagged down by authorities, then you would be required to show them these documents. Else you will be liable to pay fine. 

    Also make sure you have proper identification documents such as national id-cards, passports, etc.

    2. Motorcycle insurance – Another essential document that clinches the top spot in the “important documents you must carry” is your motorcycle insurance. It is a mandatory document stipulated by the Motor Vehicles Act, 1988.

    If you are caught driving without an insurance policy, you will be liable to pay a fine of Rs.2000/, and Rs.4000/-  for repeated offences.

    But keeping aside the rules and regulations part, an insurance policy will financially safeguard you if you land in an accident. Even if your bike gets stolen, gets damaged in a fire or natural calamities, you can still get back a portion of the money through the insurance policy.

    3. Helmet – It goes without saying that you must have a helmet on when you are driving on Indian roads. A helmet is mandatory in the majority of Indian states. In the event of an accident, the chances of grave repercussion can be avoided with a helmet. 

    If you ever hit your head anywhere, damages to your brain can cause other severe injuries to your body as well. So always protect your head first.

    4.GPS Tracker – You can either equip your bike with a GPS tracker or have a mobile holder attached to your bike handle so you can better navigate unknown roads. A dedicated GPS tracker also has the added advantage that if anyone steals your bike, you will still get to track its location. 

    A mobile attached to your bike, on the other hand, would be double the loss because you will lose both your bike and your mobile as well, and you will be stranded with no method to call for help.

    5.Tyre plug kit – Getting a flat tyre in the middle of nowhere can be a trying experience. If you are not well-equipped to change a tyre, have a tyre plug kit to handle punctures. 

    You can easily handle small punctures using this. Most of these kits are small and can be easily packed. They will not take up much space and as such will be an essential addition to the things you should pack.

     6.Jumpstarter – If you are travelling to colder climates, having a portable jump-starter would be a good idea.

    Cold weather can often freeze up your motorcycle’s battery, making it sometimes very difficult to start. You can easily buy jumpstarters online and practice using it through the instruction manual or Youtube videos.

    7.Gloves and jackets – Gloves and jackets are the best protection to your body as you drive through weather-beaten roads. Gloves will reduce the friction between your bike handles and your hands, thereby protecting them. A good jacket will also protect you against strong winds and dipping temperatures.

    8. Neck Gaiter – A neck gaiter is a closed covering that you can wear around your neck. If you are travelling decked up in complete protection from head to toe, then your neck would be the only exposed flesh. 

    You can cover this up easily with a neck gaiter. This will be especially helpful if you are travelling through high altitude points.

    9. Hand sanitisers and handwash products – The travelling landscape will be altered drastically post COVID-19. It has taught us the importance of personal hygiene now more than ever. It’s best to keep practising the lessons Coronavirus taught us until we have a vaccine for it. Keep a hand sanitiser in handy all the time. 

    Every time you touch objectionable surfaces or shakes hands with unknown people, make it a point to use the sanitiser. Wash your hands whenever possible. 

    10. Bungee cords – Bungee cors would be exceptionally useful if you want to secure luggage on to your bike. They are less prone to wear and tear and can handle heavy loads. 

    Even if you do not have any luggage, carrying a rope around will always be a good idea. You might never know when it would come in handy.