Motorcycle Rally preparation

Rallies – Not your average Sunday ride.

Article courtesy of Dennis Santopietro of Fix My Hog
For some, the extent of their riding is on weekends to a local destination and back home after putting on about 200 miles. For others, commuting everyday is the way. For either rider, going on a long trip to a rally can be a whole new ball game.Instead of a 2 hour ride to and from work or a local hot spot, it’s now a 5-8 hour ride per day for 2-3 days. You will now have to deal with changes in the weather and road conditions. Best bet is making sure your riding style changes with the conditions.
One of the best ways to be prepared for a long trip is to take a rider safety course. This should be done well before you go on your journey and make sure you practice and that your practice is perfect. I ride in sunny San Diego or Southern CA for the most part and have not ridden in the rain for a long time. If I plan on stepping out of my comfort zone, I like to review proper riding gear and riding styles for all types of weather. I also have to think about road conditions; smooth, dirt, highway, potholed messes and the styles of riding for each.Learning something new before you need it is always the best case scenario. I now know how to avoid cars that cut out in front of you and try to make a left hand turn; this was learned the hard way 15 years ago by going through its back window. These days I practice what to do when a car pulls out in front of me and slams on the brakes, if rain comes down so fast and furious I can’t see, if a deer jumps out in front of me, if someone blows a red light… It might sound weird or “not cool” but a few hours practicing in a parking lot with some cones can make a huge difference in your riding experience. See the below sites for more rider info: MSF-USA Wheels-In-Motion How-to-guides – motorcycle-safety Ride Like A Pro DVDs Enjoy the Ride!