Riding a motorbike requires more attention than driving a car, as it uses the same lanes as the car. Surprisingly, motorbike riding on the motorway is statistically safer than driving on the road, especially as there are no cars coming from the opposite direction. However, there are a few rules to follow.
Nothing beats good preparation
A long motorbike journey on a motorway is an excellent idea, but you must first know your route. Memorise the exits so as not to prolong the journey, think about the necessary papers for tolls, for example, and the petrol stations for refuelling. Take a map, or even a GPS, especially if it is your first time. You should also be aware of the weather conditions. Most importantly, take the time to check your bike before you set off.
Stay visible in all circumstances
Motorbike headlights should always be on when riding, but this is only essential when riding on the motorway. Whether it’s day or night, stay as visible as possible with a waistcoat, armband, backpack or any other fluorescent-coloured clothing. More light at night would not be a bad idea, like a lighted helmet for example. Weather conditions can change, so take your waterproof clothing with you. Keep the good reflex of riding in the middle of the motorway and not on the right, you will be more visible and it will force motorists to move to the left to be able to overtake you. Also, if possible, ride in a group, you will occupy a larger space, and therefore maintain good visibility.
Plan several stops to take a short break, at petrol stations or elsewhere. This will give the engine time to rest, and you time to relax. Driving for a long time can be quite tiring, and you need to let go of the stress at some point. No matter how good your motorbike is, always remember that a breakdown is always possible. Take along the tools (spark plug spanner with spare plugs, screwdriver, pliers, spanners…), and why not even the toolbox if possible, to be prepared. To avoid running out of fuel, ride at a constant speed so as not to waste fuel unnecessarily.