Country roads always have a special place in the hearts of motorcyclists, including me. It is a very beautiful, peaceful moment riding alone on country roads and enjoying the stimulating scenery and all that Mother Nature has to offer on the winding highways. All we have to do is schedule the time and head out on our pleasurable ride.
But, tell me?
How does this work out for you?
I am sure, whenever you go out riding and end up on country roads, half of the time you don’t even prepare for it. The result, you find yourself caught in hidden traps, on wooden bridges, and heavily cambered roads.
Oh… I know, I am right.
Because it also happens to me. But, it’s forgotten now. Today, I am here to share my experiences to help you with riding on country roads.
So, take a look at our list of the 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 results in less grip.
To face the cambers, you will need to lean at a slight angle, one that suits you best and adjust your speed, as well.
Cattle Grids Problem
Cattle grids are very common on the roads in the countryside, which can be dangerous for you, especially when they are wet.
Sometimes the gaps in the cattle grids can be as wide as the gap between the motorcycle tires, which can become a difficult situation if one of the tires gets stuck in it. So, in my opinion, avoid cattle grids as much as possible. But, if it is the only way, then cross over them with caution. Approach them slowly, square the bike up, and cross with a steady throttle without spinning your tires.
Road Surface Problem
Well, this is the worst problem and very common on all country roads. A lot of country roads have potholes and loose gravel that will affect your riding. So, make sure you adjust your speed when you are riding on such roads and always scan for potholes or anything else that may come in your path.
I am not much for group riding. There are certain risks involved in group motorcycle riding. Plus, not all riders have the same skills. If you are riding in a group, some riders will be pros, but some will be rookies too. So, if you are a rookie, then you don’t want to be left behind. And if you have any problem that causes the need for you to stop, it is, in fact, not so easy to do with group riding.
Well, you know what an animal problem is. While enjoying your ride on the country roads, the last thing you would want is a wild animal to come in close range of your motorcycle. Especially, during the times of dawn and night.
Parking & Cornering
As we mentioned above, country roads are mostly cambered, which is not only a risk to cause an accident but also hinders cornering and parking the motorcycle.
Especially, when you already know how difficult it is to corner the motorcycle on country roads, where you face cambered roads and road surfaces with potholes and loose gravel.
Over half of the motorcycle deaths occur in cornering when the bike either crosses into the oncoming lane or runs off the road. So, I would suggest you understand the consequences of riding carelessly and follow these tips to reduce the chances of this ever happening to you.