There are tons of killer motorcycle events in 2022, which may prompt you to take a long-distance motorcycle ride (or two, or three).
Once there, who knows what other stints of riding you’ll do. For example, Sturgis Motorcycle Rally has up to thirteen different riding routes for sight-seeing attendees. From the 80-mile Vanocker Canyon ride, with its wide turns and spectacular views, to the popular, 110-mile Devils Tower ride, which brings you to the 867-foot national monument.
With that in mind, you’ll want to be as comfortable as possible on your bike. Don’t let elements like an uncomfortable seat or poor clothing be the things that stand between you and a great time.
Make sure your motorcycle ride is the best by following this guide.
Upgrade to a Good Motorcycle Seat
Stock motorcycle seats just won’t cut it for a long-distance ride.
When shopping for an update, look for motorcycle seats that meet the following criteria:
- Spreads your weight across the entire surface area, eliminating pressure points
- Reduces shock and vibration
- Has proper ventilation, allowing for heat and moisture to disperse properly
- Promotes blood flow, thereby reducing numbness
- Increases stability
Also, the best seats are designed to fit your body smartly. At Wild Ass, you’ll find seats that are tapered and contoured to the body, reducing pressure on the tailbone and scrotum while improving leg passage.
Prepare for Any Weather
This tip is true for all seasons, but applies even more so in the winter months.
During cold-weather trips, you’ll want gear that accomplishes two goals:
- Maintains your core body temperature, which helps stave off hypothermia
- Keeps your extremities from being exposed to the cold air
That means having items like winter motorcycle gloves, an effective outer shell, and layers. Having a moisture-wicking base layer prevents your sweat from making you colder, while a street outer layer is easily removed at rest stops so you don’t overheat.
Having a helmet with a face shield is also important, as it can protect your eyes and face from wind chill.
Plan Your Gas Stops Ahead
As you plan your long-distance trip, you’ll have an A to B, as well as the route you’ll take between the two. Scheduling your gas stops allows you to eliminate the minutes spent considering, especially if you’re riding with a group.
First, calculate your motorcycle’s average miles per gallon on the highway.
Next, take the total distance of your trip in miles and divide it by the MPG. The resulting number is its average fuel consumption in miles, informing you when you’ll need to make stops for refueling.
Once you have this information, plan your stops around gas stations that you like—those that are efficient and fast or offer amenities like showers if needed.
Secure These Essentials for a Long-Distance Motorcycle Ride
Don’t spend another moment contemplating the necessity of these objects.
From an ergonomic seat to an all-weather jacket, from prior planning to a comfortable (and functional) helmet, these items are the bare minimum to an enjoyable, long-distance motorcycle trip. Bonus: they’re wonderful for short-distance trips, too!
Get started today by checking out our wide range of seat cushions. We’ve got classic, lite, air gel, and more—plus, free shipping after you spend $300.
Shop for the Motorcycle Seats That Will Suit You
Investing in some quality motorcycle seats will give you a comfortable and safe ride. The tips above will help you when you’re shopping for the perfect seat.
When you’d like to buy whichever seat is best for your needs, Wild Ass ergonomic cushions might be your best bet. We’d love to show you more about the many products we offer.
Shop our store for some of the most comfortable seats on the market, and give us a call at (218) 851-2771 if you have questions.