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Tips to Cut Costs on your Motorcycle Trip

Tips to Cut Costs on your Motorcycle Trip

Every rider wants to visit distant places on their motorcycle. For motorcyclists, going on long trips by motorcycle is more fun and exciting than traveling by car. Some riders can afford to go wherever and whenever they want. However, other riders, have to work with a low budget when planning a road trip. Smart riders try to save as much money as possible. The following tips will help riders who want to cut costs when going on a long motorcycle trip.


1. Maintaining Your Motorcycle

Before going on a trip, always check the motorcycle’s condition. Maintaining your motorcycle means changing the engine oil, making sure the suspensions work properly and checking the tire pressure. Keeping your motorcycle well-maintained will lessen the risk of mechanical issues when on the road. Also, try to fill up the motorcycle’s fuel tank before going on a trip to keep you from stopping at gas stations as frequently.

2. Fuel Management

As refueling can be expensive, it is best to conserve and burn through fuel sparingly as much as possible. Avoid riding your motorcycle above the speed limit to reduce how much fuel is consumed. Instead, ride your motorcycle at a consistent speed, whether at or below the speed limit, to ensure better fuel mileage. Avoid suddenly accelerating or decelerating as doing either may result in more fuel being consumed.

3. Food Budget

Food Budget

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Many riders prefer to eat at restaurants, but eating at restaurants can be expensive. Rather than go to food establishments, try to bring your own supply of snacks and small kitchen utensils to help you make your own food.


4. Pre-Book Temporary Accommodations

Depending on how far away the destination is, it is best to pre-book rooms at any hotels you wish to stay at along the route you travel. Pre-booking temporary accommodations help save time, money, and reserves your place. Avoid staying at luxurious or expensive hotels; instead, try to find temporary accommodations in cheaper yet safe areas. If you are planning a trip over the weekend, it is highly recommended you pre-book hotel rooms since the weekends is when hotels are the busiest and most crowded.

5. Camping Out

Camping Out

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When off-roading or traveling through a wilderness area, it is possible to find places where you can set up camp. Aside from being a lot of fun, camping is less expensive than staying at a hotel. Camping equipment is affordable and easy to carry on your motorcycle.

6. Free Parking

It is usually easier and less expensive to park a motorcycle than a car. However, if you are planning to visit or stay at a destination for a few days, it is better to find a place to safely store your vehicle. It is recommended you find a shed or garage that will protect your motorcycle from stormy weather. Most hotels and restaurants offer a separate parking space for motorcycles but you should try to look for a free parking space with a roof you can park your motorcycle under.

7. Invite Friends

Traveling with other people will allow you to divide the cost of fuel, food, and hotel room amongst each of the riders. If your motorcycle suffers mechanical issues or an accident occurs, your traveling companions can offer assistance.

8. Avoid Overpacking

Avoid Overpacking

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Overpacking means packing your luggage past full capacity with items you may not need. Overpacking could cause you to leave necessary items behind such as tool kits, food, camping equipment, etc. Overpacking can also increase the amount of weight the motorcycle carries, causing an unequal distribution of weight, slowing the vehicle, and burning more fuel. You can use MOTORCYCLE TRUNKS, HANDLEBAR BAGS, FUEL TANK BAGS, and other luggage bags to carry your belongings across long distances.

9. Research Destination & Route

When planning a motorcycle trip, you must know where the final destination is, any possible stops along the way, and the route you wish to take. Always research the destination by consulting the internet, asking people who have visited the place, or looking at a map for possible routes you can use. Make sure to take note of the following:

  • Cheapest hotels along the route or at the destination.
  • Affordable food establishments along the route or at the destination
  • Notable sites to visit along the route or at the destination
  • Safest routes to reach the destination


10. Traveling During the Off-Season

During the off-season, many hotels and restaurants offer more affordable prices, and popular motorcycle routes and destinations are less crowded.

11. Conclusion

Depending on the rider, a motorcycle trip can be an affordable venture. However, riders can cut costs if they properly plan their road trip, research the best route, pre-book temporary accommodations to save time and money, and maintain or modify their motorcycles by installing high-quality SADDLEBAGS or other LUGGAGE BAGS to carry belongings, a CRASH BAR to protect the legs, and a SISSY BAR to attach additional bags or function as a backrest.

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