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Not ‘The Motorcycle Diaries’

The tours that classic rite of passage journey novels and especially such movies make seem a breeze, actually represent something of a logistical nightmare for even experienced riders, if you don’t also happen to be half pro- drifter and political inspiration, and half scout and expert explorer of the outdoors.

My Honda sports touring bike and I have built up good relations over many shorter and medium length trips, but touring puts a whole different spin on things, and especially on back muscles as, contrary to the ‘youthful boy becomes self-reliant man’ narratives of the epics, some of us start touring even after we’ve discovered our place in the world – which would explain our desire to leave behind the stress of everything that implies for at least a few weeks.

There’s something increasingly attractive about the back of beyond to those in, shall we say, middle life.  Again, more silver fox than silver screen, but as I said, the artistic impressions of tours can be somewhat distinct in real life, as so many other things.

To try to give some more practical, and less Forest Gump style, tips you’re obviously looking to be far better equipped for the road, for taking care of yourself in reduced circumstances, and especially for recuperating during the tour when you’re off-road overnight in your tent or B&B.

Whipping up a tree house in a clearing and wrestling your dinner onto a stoking fire isn’t you; you’re not that person, it is essential to realise. If it is you, you’re either Bear Grylls and you don’t need these tips, or you’re not and you need a reality check, which a night contemplating tasting bugs and the potential adverse health impacts of mild dehydration and TV withdrawal symptoms will be sure to bring home.  We’ve all been there.  So you’ll want to check out the best motorcycle insurance for a Honda you can obtain.

Practice assembling your tent if it’s a new purchase.  Some models are far more challenging than the road map’s proved to memorise, and if you’re on a tight schedule to see the most sights during your break from reality, you don’t want to waste it on teenage scout frustrations.

If you were a scout in younger, more hopeful, years, take greater heed. We’re the ones guaranteed to be attempting the whittling of tent pegs out of overhanging branches with our pen knives – just to make a point.  We’re also the ones who’ll be found grumpily orating on the virtues of the old days’ approaches to adventures, even as we crave the home comforts to which we’ve become accustomed in the hundred years that have passed since we last demonstrated our hardcore explorer abilities for the sweet prize of canvas badges.

Don’t skimp on supplies – I need more fuel than my Honda on long trips, especially in climates that are too cold or hot for comfort on the road, but that you endure to feel even more of a hero.

And that’s when you’re reminded that your journey is worthy of a movie, and you add a screenplay to your bucket list of long lost ambitions.  At least you’ll be out touring again, however tough the road, adventure is one ambition realised.

About The Author: Iain Miller is a digital marketer, former recruitment consultant and petrolhead based in Scotland. He contributed this article on behalf of Motorcycle News.

This is life!

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5 Things You Should Know About Motorcycle Insurance

5 Things You Should Know About Motorcycle Insurance

So just how much do you know about motorcycle insurance? There are many misconceptions about coverage that can be financially dangerous for you.

We’ve compiled a short list of 5 important things to know about insurance plans:

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1. You are 39 times more likely to die in a wreck than someone in a car or truck. When you get into an accident on a motorcycle, you don’t have the extra mass of the vehicle adding to your protection.

To put it simply, the bigger your vehicle is, the safer you will be when you crash. But the smaller your vehicle is when compared to the other object you’ve crashed into, the more likely you’ll be seriously hurt. It’s important that you have good coverage to help you if and when you crash.

2. There’s no such thing as a standard full coverage policy. Every insurance plan is different, and you need to make sure yours gives you all the benefits you need.

The minimum insurance coverage you should get are collision, comprehensive, and uninsured/under-insured motorist.

Collision coverage is for damages to your bike. Comprehensive is for non-collision damage, such as if a tree limb fell on your bike while you were away. Uninsured/under-insured motorist coverage pays for damages caused to you by someone else, if they can’t afford to pay their share.

In addition, you will want to be sure you have adequate health coverage for accidents. This should cover not only you, but your passenger as well.

3. There are all sorts of discounts you can get on your insurance. Many motorcycle owners make modifications to their bikes, which will increase the value.

You can get better coverage or a price break if you include the value of all of your enhancements in your plan. Additionally, have your VIN on hand when you buy insurance. Some companies will look up your bike for safety equipment that can get you even more savings.

If you aren’t already a part of one, you should consider joining a national group for bikers, such as the American Motorcycle Association. Some insurance companies will give you discounts just for being a member.

There are also savings you can get if you take a motorcycle safety course. Not only will these help you save money, but a course could save your life as well.

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4. The insurance policies mentioned above are just a base-minimum. Other policies you’ll need are bodily injury, property damage, and medical payments.

These will help you pay for medical bills for a variety of situations. Property damage will help you cover damages that you are liable for, such as other peoples’ cars or other belongings.

5. While the law requires you to have insurance to drive, a lot of people don’t. Others may only have the minimum insurance, which won’t cover anything and may leave you in just as much trouble as having none.

Not only should you have coverage for yourself, it is crucial to have protection against damage from others.

If some unfortunate accident were to happen putting you in the hospital undergoing several surgeries and treatments, the last thing you want to hear is that neither you nor the perpetrator have the right plan or enough money to pay for the medical bills.

Drive safe!