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When a new rider takes their bike onto the open road for their first road trip, it doesn't always work out as planned. Largely because they used the same tips as they would if they were driving a car.

The reason why this can cause problems is that a road trip in a car and on a bike are very different experiences which require different tips and ideas to consider for it to be enjoyable.

Tips to Help You Plan for a Great Motorbike Road Trip

If you are new to riding or you are planning your first long-haul bike trip, below are some great tips from Synthetics Northwest which can help you to both enjoy the adventure and stay sane on the road.

Don’t Go It Alone

When you think about a road trip in a car, it isn’t all about where you’re going, but also the laughs and conversation you and your friends have along the way. When you are on a bike, of course, this just isn’t possible, leaving you to simply ride by yourself for hours on end with no real conversation to be had. For this reason, instead of making a trip by yourself, look for some friends or family members who would enjoy doing a road trip with you. While you won’t have the same social experience as you would in a car, each time that you all stop to take a break, you will have the opportunity to talk about the roads you have just ridden and interesting signs you saw along the way.

Where Will You Be Going?

Speaking of taking breaks, it’s important to realize that you just can’t ride for as long as you can drive. Why not? Simply because cars are comfortable and provide minimal disturbance. And despite what riders may say, riding a bike for a long period just isn’t a comfortable experience. For this reason, not only should you think about the reasonable total distance you can travel in a day, but also the number of breaks that you will need to take along the way, which can both limit your final destination or at the least impact your arrival time. For example, when you are in a car it can be easy to simply open up a can of soda or enjoy some food to keep you energized along the way. This just isn’t possible on a bike. Instead, you will need to find a place to pull over safely, take off a range of your gear, and then enjoy a drink or a snack. Click here to buy 20W-40 Synthetic V-Twin Motorcycle Oil and keep your bike on the road for longer. After all, how well your bike performs on a road trip depends on the quality of the products you put into it and the level of maintenance you give it. To find out more, check out the online store or speak with a friendly expert at Synthetics Northwest by calling (503) 371-7184. With a range of high-quality AMSOIL products to choose from, trust in their advice to get you the correct product to keep your bike running smoother, for long.

Keep Yourself Entertained

Similar to the tip above, if you need to change the radio station on your portable radio device then you will need to pull over, take off some gear, and then change it. This needs to occur each time that you become bored with the music. To combat this, take some time beforehand to create a range of playlists on your phone using your preferred music streaming service. You can even save them offline when you are on wifi to save on your mobile data bill. Once you have these, you will have the exact music that you will want to listen to, and even the option of arranging them in the order you prefer. To listen, browse your local electronics store for a high-quality Bluetooth headset which can connect to your phone without the need for cables. You can even find ones which can react to your voice, giving you access to your phone’s services, such as allowing you to make a call, listen to text messages, and even reply to messages without the need to touch your phone.


Cars are great for protecting drivers and passengers against even the harshest of weather conditions, be it rain or shine. Whether it’s a roof, windows, or an extensive climate control system, cars have it all. Bikes, on the other hand, aren’t as equipped, leaving riders in contact with whatever the weather throws at them. For this reason, check the weather forecast during your planning to make sure that you will actually be able to ride comfortably through the weather. If it’s going to be too hot then you will want to adjust how often you take breaks, whereas if it’s going to rain, you may want to consider changing your destination or your planned dates.

Give Your Bike a Boost with a Synthetic Oil Change in Salem, OR

How well your bike performs during a road trip depends on the condition of the engine and the products which keep it going. Speak with Synthetics Northwest at (888) 283-3580 (Toll Free) to learn about how giving your bike a synthetic oil change before you leave with a high-quality AMSOIL product can not only help improve the performance of your bike but also work to reduce the level of engine damage it incurs.

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