So, you are ready to head off into the sunset
by：Tanco Tire,Timax Tyre 2020-08-12
Who will you be riding with and when? It will make a big difference whether you will be supporting a pillion, riding in a pack, or flying completely solo. Hitting the asphalt with a growling cruiser while trying to keep up with your mates on sports bike will not lend itself to the best touring experience. Likewise, a sports bike with under-seat exhaust in the middle of summer can quickly cause complaints if you have a passenger on board.
Where you will be riding is a vital consideration. Long lazy stretches of sight-seeing versus quick and tight corners will make a difference in your choice between sportiness and straight-stretch stability. If you are keen on ventures into no-man's land, you want to be able to pack such conveniences as all-weather gear and portable air compressor for any surprises that may spring up when civilization is only a distant memory. The distance between pit stops may make that petrol drinking favourite ride of yours completely infeasible and risky for your route.
Comfort is king. It's one thing to be able to ride across town or on the morning commute. When the long distances between horizons come into play, previously unforeseen problems like handlebar vibration and less than perfect riding position can grind down your stamina and enjoyment.
Pricing and availability is an often overlooked point. Money might not buy happiness, but it can buy all the bells and whistles you could ever need on a long trip. It's not necessary to go all out and get everything. Choose what it most important to you and avoid spending extra for that fifth trip odometer and heated floorboards unless you really need them. Finding yourself in the middle of nowhere needing a hard to find part is no fun.
The details of what makes a great touring bike is highly personal and subjective. It takes an honest evaluation of what you expect out of your trip and your bike to make the right choice. Keep these thoughts in mind and run your checklist before you make your choice. A well thought out ride will make the difference between heading home early with shattered hopes and going the distance for grand memories.