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5 Tips To Help Avoid Fatigue During Your Motorcycle Ride

Spring is here, and good weather is right around the corner! Many bike owners might be itching for a long stretch of open road. If you are planning a long-distance motorcycle trip, here are a few tips to help curb fatigue.

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Get a Good Night's Sleep

This one might seem like an obvious one, but it's easy to be excited, anxious, or carefree before a big trip. However, not getting enough sleep can lead to slower reflexes and sleepiness while on the road.

Make sure you get several nights of solid sleep before heading out. During your ride, continue to get good sleep each night by turning in at a reasonable hour and starting your typical bedtime routine to wind down.

Take Breaks During Your Trip

Don't keep going if you are feeling tired. Sometimes, just walking around and doing something different will help wake you up again so you can continue. You can even plan to hit special stops or sightseeing destinations along your route.

If you don't want to be too sidetracked, use Google Maps to choose locations that don't take you far off your ride or add much to your total driving time. It's easy to search ahead of time for the best sights, fun things to do, delicious local food and other top stops in each area you plan to pass through.

Choose Travel-Friendly Food and Drink

Some foods and drinks will make you sleepy and heavy, while others will naturally provide energy. Choose snacks that are light and help you feel awake.

  • Potato chips, pretzels and fast food typically make people feel full, sluggish and drowsy.
  • Soda and candy might give you a burst of energy, but sweets typically lead to a quick energy crash later.
  • Raw vegetables and fruits can be great for providing energy on the road.
  • Beef jerky, eggs and lean meats can help you feel full longer.
  • Avoid overeating, which can also lead to feeling tired and sluggish.

Bring plenty of water since you will likely lose moisture through sweat while on the road. Water is essential to your mind and body. Dehydration can make it hard to pay attention and stay alert ━ especially if you are already feeling tired.

Get Your Blood Flowing

If you start to feel tired from long periods of sitting on the bike, it may be time to stop and stretch. You can use a stretching routine designed specifically for motorcycle riders or choose to isolate the areas that feel tight with your own stretching combo. Typically, riders will want to use stretches that lengthen the hamstrings, open the hips and release the shoulders to counteract the effects of running. A bit of light exercise ━ like a few jumping jacks, jogging in place for a few minutes or air squats ━ can also increase the blood flow in your body and help you feel more awake.

Choose the Right Gear for a Trip

The right gear is crucial for enduring a long trip without hazards. Comfortable clothing that won't leave you exposed to elements can help reduce the amount of fatigue you feel from sun and rain exposure. A helmet with a full shield will help protect your face from the wind. Earplugs will help protect your hearing and reduce the fatigue you feel when exposed to loud noise. Sunglasses or a tinted visor can help reduce the strain of trying to drive in full sun.

Always make sure your bike is well maintained and ready for a long trip before you start.

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