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Properly Pack Your Motorcycle


The beauty of living life on two wheels? You have the freedom to pick up and ride whenever the open road calls. But before you answer, make sure you have everything you need properly packed.

Yes, there’s a difference between tying an old duffle to your bike and properly securing a bag built for motorcycles. And it’s a big one — your safety.

Not quite sure the right way to pack your motorcycle? Follow these tips for a good starting point. Properly packing for a ride may take a little more planning, but which would you rather save: time or your life?

USE GEAR MADE FOR MOTORCYCLES

USE GEAR MADE FOR MOTORCYCLES

Leave the random packing gear at home. Old gym bags, tarps you found in your garage, etc. won’t withstand rough roads or high winds. Avoid being a safety hazard and get bags, saddlebags and luggage racks specifically designed for riding. Then attach the gear with cords, straps and bungees made for motorcycles so you don’t risk damaging your bike.

DON’T OVERLOAD YOUR BIKE

Your motorcycle is not meant to carry your life’s possessions. Be practical: only bring what’s necessary and what will fit. Always check the weight limit of your bike and luggage racks to make sure you’re not over. Trying to overload your motorcycle can result in slower stopping times, trouble balancing and, ultimately, a crash.

DON'T OVERLOAD YOUR BIKE

ADJUST TO ACCOUNT FOR EXTRA WEIGHT

It’s important to adjust your motorcycle’s suspension and tire pressure to account for the extra weight you packed. Check your rider manual for specific instructions and guidelines. When you pack your bike, keep the load close to the center of gravity and balance the weight evenly on either side to avoid leaning. If you’re riding alone, pack your bags in the passenger seat instead of the luggage rack to ensure your bike stays balanced.

BE CONSCIOUS OF WHAT YOU’RE CARRYING

Remember to be conscious of the extra load your motorcycle is supporting. Adjust your stopping time and riding style, because what your bike can handle will change based on how much you’re carrying. Ride like the wind, but ride safely.

BE CONSCIOUS OF WHAT YOU'RE CARRYING

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