Having just finished our trip through Europe and putting a lot of miles on the clock, here are a few tips i have picked up on as the days passed.
Screens, pegs and seats are items to review on your bike before you go. 300-plus miles a day at 8omph takes its toll and a bigger screen or better seat etc are the stuff of dreams when your being spin washed mile after mile if your under prepared, these things don’t always break the bank and can be priceless dependant on your trip.
Travel insurance and bike cover
it may be obvious to some but broken rider or broken bike on an isolated pass in the Alps is one way to abruptly change the mood of the trip, get you and your steed covered for repatriation.
Europe offered us some terrific B&B options at affordable prices, circa €30 per night and we often preferred a shower and warm dry bed instead of the campsite for not alot more cost wise.
If you dont have an accurate fuel gauge or count down then play safe. Your SatNav, if you have it, can be a real help to find nearest fuel stops on or near your route.
It is easy to fall into the trap of pushing hard to get to your daily target destination, and thus you miss everything as you speed on your way past, keep it flexible and enjoy the pace, so you see whats on offer, after all thats why we all do this .
We estimated that 300 to 400 miles a day was enough for all of us on motorways and half that if your on the scenic routes, either way take regular caffeine and ciggy breaks and keep your mind and body in better shape for the next leg.
Frequent and often popping up when you least expect them, keep you credit card / cash and toll tickets in an easy access pocket so you can whizz through rather than excite Jean Claude Van Damme behind you in his Citroen.
Top up lubes and levels
You need a coffee and a fag, your bike will need an oil level check and chain lube, start the day with a sensible check of the bike and critical bits because theres lots more miles to do.
if you ask for it then you will get it in europe, however sensible fun especially in built up areas saves you getting over the ” sorry officer” language barriers. We saw riders getting pulled and all had it coming, straight forward really. they dont like speed warning alerts on your nav units either so keep them low profile especially in france.
Top Gear tips
We , or more so “I” had half of Touratec strapped to my backside and interestingly the three most valuable items on the whole trip were as follows: Three pairs of Marigold washing up gloves, a roll of heavy duty bin bags, a roll of duck tape ( looks hardcore too ). And i can safely say that none of us would leave home without them next time.