Top 10 Tips to make it as cheap as possible!
Hello riders from around the world, I hope that you are well! Many of you asked me how I can afford to travel so much with my motorcycle? In this video I will give you 10 tips to make it as cheap as possible.
As usual, many people include some experience riders will advice you that it’s expensive hobby and you need to be rich man to afford it. As you know I never fully agree with anything before I really test it. The price if the trip depends from the destination and from your personal preferences.
Let’s go straight to the tips:
N: 1 – Buy affordable motorcycle.
I said affordable, not exactly cheap, because I still believe that the truth is somewhere between the words top expensive and super cheap. Ok, but someone might say:
“The topic is how to travel cheap, the price of the motorcycle itself it doesn’t matter!”
Sounds like not exactly on the place, but let me explain to you with more details:
- When you have expensive bike you will definitely expensive gear. For example: hard cases, tank bag, windscreen, better seat, tires, spare parts and many more. For new models all of that stuff is overpriced.
- The maintenance of that bike will be double price, because in many cases you will need a proper garage to do it and they charge about 100$ per hour.
- Most of the new and expensive motorcycle use only premium petrol, which usually about 10% expensive.
- From the security point of view in many places around the world you will need garage or paid parking. You cannot just leave it on the street even if you have disc lock or chain.
- Because of the fancy bike you have many of the prices will be higher for you. You will looks like bored millionaire and you cannot blame the people that they will want a piece of you.
On the other hand when you have just a normal looking motorcycle the people will know that you are adventurer and will automatically change their mind. You might disagree with this statement, but it doesn’t matter this is the simple human behaviour.
N: 2 - If you want to travel cheap you will need a tent.
It will be your mobile tent and could save you hundreds of dollars.
N: 3 – Travel as light as possible.
I said this many times, but I will say it again – The weight is always matter!
N: 4 – Reduce the speed.
I don’t have to tell you that when you ride fast your motorcycle consume more petrol. Fast speed also eats the tires much faster than you can even imagine. Again it is not much, but when you add it to the first few points it become a noticeable price.
N: 5 – Buy the food from supermarkets.
Is really depends from your budget, but f you want to do it as cheaper as possible this will help you a lot. The prices in the restaurants and the shops are usually very different
N: 6 – Use hostels instead of hotels.
Even in the hostels you can have a private room, if this is what you looking for, but over there you will be able to cook your food and this will reduce the price significantly
N: 7 – Always stop riding before sunset.
This will help you to have enough time to find a proper place to sleep. In the middle of the night, after all day riding, you will be happy to pay any price just to have bed to sleep. I am talking from my own experience.
N: 8 – Plan a head.
The logistic is something very important. Plan everything ahead. I really respect the people who travel without any preparations, but I prefer to be ready. By doing your route in advance you can minimize the km and time you need to spend on the road.
N: 9 – Prepare the bike before the trip.
Do everything before the trip. Change the tires, oils, filters, bearings, cables, basically you have to change everything what is possible to fail during the trip.
N: 10 – Think out of the box.
Be creative and try to find new solutions for every possible problem you might need to face. Remember: The bike is just a tool, the travel is what really matters!
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