If you are interested in trying adventure motorcycling then you need to recognize it is challenging, exciting, and a lot of fun. But, it is also important to have the right gear. This will make it much easier for you to focus on mastering the riding skills and enjoying the experience.
It doesn’t matter whether you are new to riding or have been road-riding for years, you’re going to need the following.
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The Right Bike
You can try adventure riding on any bike but it is much easier to master if you have a bike that is designed to go off-road. For example, the best KTM bikes are taller than standard motorcycles, have greater ground clearance, and are light enough to be maneuverable in all scenarios. Of course, they still have plenty of power to help ensure you can get out, or even in, trouble.
Adventure motorcycles are also easy to ride standing up, which can be an important benefit when you hit the rough ground.
Of course, these types of bikes are also very good at carrying luggage, that’s important if you are going on a big adventure.
You can’t ride a motorcycle without wearing a helmet. In many places around the globe, it is a legal requirement. But, more than that, it is also a life-saver. If you come off your bike and hit your head the helmet can literally save your life and prevent brain damage.
A standard road helmet works well. But, if you are adventure riding and heading off-road you may find it better to get a dirt bike helmet. They are the lightest helmets on the market and can be worn with eye goggles for protection and the best possible visibility. They also usually have peaks that help keep the sun out of your eye.
Proper off-road boots give you support around your ankle and your shin. That’s important as you never know what you may hit or may hit you. However, you also need to make sure the boots are waterproof as you’re not going to enjoy riding with wet feet.
Don’t forget, these boots are great on the bike but not comfortable for walking off the bike, you may need to carry a second pair of shoes with you.
Jacket & Trousers
It is best to go with textile motorbike trousers and jackets, specifically ones made with Gore-Tex as these are waterproof. They should have protection built into the knees, shoulders, and elbows to help keep you safe when you come off.
Let’s face it, most adventure riders will come off at some point!
You’ll also need to consider what temperatures you are likely to be riding in. It can be worth having a removable lining.
The final item you need to get started and enjoy adventure riding is gloves. These protect your hands and keep them warm, allowing you to operate the controls properly. You simply need to choose a pair with protection across the knuckles.