Country Roads always have a special place in the hearts of motorcyclists including me. It is a very beautiful moment riding alone on country roads and enjoy the interesting scenery and winding nature. All we have to do is make some time for our schedule and go out on something like that.
But, tell me?
How does this ever work out for you?
I am sure, whenever you go out riding on country roads, half of time you don’t even prepare for it. The result, you find yourself caught in hidden traps, wooden bridges, and heavily cambered roads.
Oh… I know, I am right.
Because it also happened to me. But, it’s gone. Today, I am here to share my experiences to help you our riding on country roads.
So, take a look at our list of best tips.
Tips for Riding Country Roads
Many country roads are heavily cambered for drainage. These cambered roads reduced ground clearance which affects the steering and the handling of the motorcycle. The road and tires have less contact which makes less grip.
To face the cambers, you will need to lean angle which suits best and adjust your speed as well.
Cattle Grids Problem
Cattle grids are very common on country side roads which can be dangerous for you, especially when wet.
Sometimes the gaps in cattle grids can be wide enough for motorcycle tires which put you in a lot difficult situation if it stuck in it. So, my opinion, avoid cattle grids as much as possible. But, if it is the only way then cross it with caution. Approach it nicely, square the bike up and cross with steady throttle without chance of a spin.
Road Surface Problem
Well, this is the main problem and very common in all country side roads. A lot of country roads has potholes and gravel to affect your riding. So, make sure you adjust your speed when you are riding on such road and always scan for potholes or anything which may come in your path.
I am not much in group riding. There are certain risks involved in group motorcycle riding. Plus, not all riders have same skills. If you are riding in a group, some will pro and some will rookie too. So, if you are a rookie then you don’t want to be left behind. And if you have any problem you need to stop which in fact, not so easy in group riding.
Well, you know what animal problem is. While enjoying riding on country roads the last thing you would want is a stray Kangaroo or Wallaby to come in the range of your motorcycle. Especially, at times of dawn and night.
Parking & Cornering
As we mentioned above, country roads are mostly cambered which not only risk in an accident but also get in a way of cornering and parking the motorcycle.
Especially when you know how difficult it is to corner the motorcycle on country roads where you face cambered and road surfaces with potholes and gravels.
Over the half of motorcycle, death occurs on corners when the bike either crosses into oncoming lane or runs off the road. So, I would suggest you understand the consequences of riding rashly. And follow these tips to reduce the chances of this to ever happen.