Long-Distance Motorbike Trips: Get an Idea of What Accessories You Need

While the majority of motorcycles can be used for long trip adventures, the most preferable option is to go with a touring or ADV (adventure) motorcycle. If you like exploring beautiful sights of foreign countries on your own, doing so on a two-wheeler is going to give you the freedom to travel at your pace. You do not depend on other people’s mode of transportation and you get to enjoy gorgeous sceneries as much as you want. But not everything is as easy as it sounds because getting ready for your next trip across vast lands will require you to pack the essentials and be able to get yourself out of tricky situations.

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Tank Bag

Whilst most large touring motorcycles have saddlebags on them alongside the fairing compartments and/or top trunk but nothing is as convenient as a tank bag. The majority of these motorbike parts accessories come with a pocket with a clear opening for your GPS and an easy access compartment for stuff like your gloves, some toll cash or sunblock. You can use other types of motorcycle luggage which you might find more useful than a tank bag.


If you stick to having all your gear on all the time, this doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t make any use of sunblock. Riding or not, your neck is going to be exposed and you’ll eventually have to rest and remove your helmet. Make sure you put on a sunblock of at least 30 SPF in the morning and then apply when needed. It’s best that you get a water and sweat-resistant sunblock.

Waterproof Gloves

Waterproof Gloves

Although a pair of perforated gloves for hot weather is a must, packing a pair of waterproof gloves is going to give you protection from rainy days but also serve as spares. Sometimes you can get your gloves stolen or just happen to loose them hence why it’s always nice to have an additional pair ready to go.


Where would we go without GPS? Of course, you can instead get a good old map to help you navigate but you can’t zoom in on it or drive with it. While your smartphone may offer the same capabilities as a GPS it’s not as waterproof or as rugged. With a GPS unit you can search for hotels or petrol stations without the need for cell service which is a great option when exploring remote areas.

Basic Toolkit

Finding a portable toolkit can be somewhat challenging but as long as you stick to the basics you won’t have any issues finding the right toolkit. Usually a basic toolkit consists of Allen keys, small socket sets and screwdrivers but make sure your toolkit pouch has a raincover for extra protection.

Action Camera

Whilst these motorbike parts accessories were not a must have before. Today they are a great way to provide evidence in case you get in an accident or you can share your touring experience online. Action cameras are a great addition to the array of motorcycle parts and accessories for the 21st century rider.

Pack Light


Pack Light

To prevent adding a lot of strain to your touring bike make sure to pack moto parts and accessories that you’ll actually need and not the ones you want. Instead of bottles, carry sachets and get disposable things which you can discard after every use. Determine what are the essentials first and then pack.

Stay Hydrated

Dehydration can impact your ability to control your motorcycle and it can become a safety issue for you and other people on the motorway. Taking a sip of water can be bothersome and I’m sure you won’t feel like stopping every time you feel thirsty. That being said, you can always get a hydration pack which will allow you to drink while riding through a long tube and it will keep your water cold in the hot summer days.


Take Brakes

If you are not going to stop to drink water, then you might want to stop and just take a break. Sitting on a motorcycle fro extended periods of time can cause saddle sores, so when your body is giving you signs to stop and take a break, do that. Taking brakes will restart your brain and keep you fresh on the road.

Dress Appropriately

By dressing appropriately I mean wearing a comfortable t-shirt, riding pants, a full-face helmet, ankle boots and if you are going to ride on bumpy roads, get elbow and knee guards too. Avoid baggy clothes as they can cause discomfort if riding for long distances. Noise can also be distracting on the road so make sure you pack plenty of earplugs to avoid fatigue.

Be Prepared

Sometimes temperatures can change drastically and a sunny day can turn into heavy rainfall. Because of this, you need to pack a rain coat and the appropriate gear to keep your luggage protected. Also bring a bike cover in case it starts pouring at night and also to fend off thieves.

Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do.