This past weekend, I went on my first weekend trip on a motorcycle.
To put things simply, I loved every minute of it.
But, there are definitely a few things you should know before you go on one. I knew a few of these before mine, but I also learned a few the hard way!
Pack light and wear sunscreen.
First of all, getting a sunburn isn't good for anyone... so even though you may hate the idea of sunscreen, you should still use it. Clothing-wise, all you really need is an extra pair of jeans, a couple shirts, and your normal essentials. It's also wise to pack a jacket/rain gear just in case. And girls--don't plan on wearing a ton of makeup because the wind will take it right off.
It is important to find sunglasses that actually protect your eyes from the wind.
Don't go for the glasses that just look cool, make sure they can protect your eyes too... or else they will be super watery or super dry--there is no in between.
Other cars on the road will act like you are just another driver on the road, and you're not.
There needs to be a safe amount of space between the two of you in order to help avoid any messy situations due to unexpected speed/distance changes.
Make sure everyone is riding with the same rules.
If you're all riding at similar speeds and know the route, then it will result in a much smoother ride.
It really doesn't matter that your legs will be paler than your arms... you need to protect yourself from the engine
It is okay to take as many breaks as you need.
It is better to be comfortable than to feel like you're overdoing it. Your body needs a break and your bike probably does too.
Your hair will be messy, just accept it.
Everyone else's will be too, no worries.