Overland motorcycle travel bike care essentials

When you travel through some of the remote parts of the world that GlobeBusters often lead riders through, you can rarely rely on finding a friendly mechanic just down the road.

Developing a daily bike check routine and being able to fix basic problems can be the difference between an end-of-journey event and a short delay.

The GlobeBusters team rarely deal with a mechanical breakdown on the road, but even when there’s no easy fix, a little bit of know how and resourcefulness will often get you moving again.

In the latest edition of RiDE Magazine, Kevin and Julia have been giving readers some of their tips to help them better prepare:

  • Prepare For Your Weaknesses

On a long trip you need to prepare for your weaknesses as a rider, along with the weaknesses of your bike. If you find that you’re prone to low-speed crashes, make sure you know how to change levers. Also do your homework to find out about any common problems that are associated with your bike by speaking to your dealer, the owners club or members of relevant forums.

  • Know Your Tools

Take the time to become familiar with your tools before your trip. Have a dry run changing a tyre or servicing your bike, and don’t waste space by taking tools that you aren’t able to use.

  • Regular Checks

Make sure you check your bike at the end of each and every day, especially when covering big miles or dealing with dusty terrain and poor weather. Give the air filter a clean, and check if anything has worked itself loose on rough roads.

  • Assess Your Tyres

You need to check your tyres for damage on a regular basis. Punctures are the most common problem on any trip which goes over rough terrain, so you need to know how to fix them.

  • Use Protection

The next most common problem is damage caused by low speed or static drops. You can minimise this damage by fitting engine bars, bash plates and hand guards for example, but ensure you also know how to change things like indicators too.

  • Think About Your Wheels

When covering a lot of miles on rough roads, it’s advisable to use spoked wheels. When Kevin & Julia completed their Guinness World Record ride in 2003 they managed to repair a wheel with six broken spokes, then carry on riding again. If you’re using alloy wheels, that’s just not an option.

The right tyre choice for your trip can also make a huge difference, and as an official partner of Continental, GlobeBusters select the right tyre from our comprehensive adventure range which covers varying degrees of both road and off-road before every trip.

You can find out more about our adventure tyre range here.