Owner of Superbike Rental and a keen motorcyclist for more than 30 years, Mark Coventry knows what he’s talking about when it comes to motorbikes! He shares his hints and tips of the five motorcycle gadgets and must-haves he wouldn’t leave home without.
1. Waterproof gear
Like it or not, the UK is not known for its good weather! The last thing you want is to be on the road when the heavens open without your rainwear as you’re going to have a very wet and cold trip.
You can get separate motorbike waterproof jackets, trousers, gloves, boots and all-in-ones so take a bit of time to determine what works best for you. Prices and quality vary massively but I would say that if you are only an occasional rider there is no point in spending a lot on a waterproof wetsuit as you won’t get much use out of it. In the same way, if you use rainwear on a frequent basis, you will want to invest more and avoid the poorer quality gear that can stretch and split after a lot of use.
2. Sat Nav
Specifically designed for two wheels, motorcycle sat navs come with all the usual gadgetry you would expect from a standard car sat nav, plus many other features, such as lane assist, sunlight readable displays, rugged, waterproof cases, handsfree bluetooth connectivity and voice prompts and a special motorcycle mount.
Yes, you might have a sat nav but for me, an old-fashioned map is also a must! Sat navs are great for getting from A to B but their limited screens mean that you won’t get a full perspective of the area you are travelling through.
By having a map to hand, I can explore the area and get a full impression of where I am and any places of interest nearby. It becomes less of a journey and more of an adventure.
4. Credit card
An obvious one but it goes without saying that even if you’re only planning on riding your motorbike for an hour or so, problems can arise and being left stranded with no money available is not a good idea. I can’t stand having pockets full of change so I never leave the house without my credit or debit card.
5. Essential documents
The beauty of a motorbike is its freedom. When you’re riding it’s just you and the open road. Yet you do still need to make sure that you have those travel documents close to hand if you do decide to head off on a last minute adventure!
Passport, insurance, breakdown cover… Superbike Rental manages much of this on behalf of our clients as part of our service but there are a lot of motorcycle rental companies that will assume that you will be sorting out your own documents. Don’t put yourself at risk – either physically or legally. Make sure you have all of those i’s dotted and the t’s crossed before you set off.