Have you ever dreamed of reliving the song “Route 66,” riding down one of the US’s most iconic highways on two-wheeled freedom? Keep reading, because we’re going to help you plan that motorcycle road trip, this summer, so you can cruise the iconic Route 66 and see all the sights along the way.
Route 66 is most likely the highway you think of when you consider a road trip across the US. There are many movies that portray it as a scenic, exciting, and easy drive. While there are parts of it that would hold up to that ideal, there are many parts that would not, especially for a motorcycle. In fact, Route 66 was decommissioned as a national highway in 1985, meaning that federal funding for highway maintenance and repair has been cut off, and that planet earth has begun to reclaim some parts of it. This leads to some parts of the road to be hazardous to a motorcyclist, if they aren’t prepared and seasoned. Though all this may be the case, Route 66 can also be one of the greatest experiences of your life. It all depends on how prepared you are.
For starters, you need to decide how long you are going to take the trip. When decided the length of time your trip is going to take, factor in the amount of sightseeing you want to do. What makes a trip across Route 66 better than most other motorcycle trips, is the things you see and experience along the way. You are also going to want to pick the right bike. Keeping in mind the length of your trip, and the amount of time you will be riding on the bike, will help you pick the appropriate motorcycle. There are different terrains, long stretches of empty nothingness, and times where cramping is a high possibility. So it is important to choose a bike that will be most comfortable for a long drive.
Next, you will want to decide when you are going. We all know deep summer can be too extreme for some activities, and this is the case for motorcycle rides, too. You will be riding through different climates, which is why making your trip in early summer or a little bit into the fall, can be the game changer between an unbearable trip and an enjoyable one. Also, before setting off on the trip, check out changes in the road over the years, as you will be better able to manage your ride, if you already have an idea of how Route 66 has been laid out.
While you are on the trip, be sure to always pay attention to where you are going. If there is a sight you are wanting to see, don’t be afraid to pull over. That way you are being safe, and are able to take in the full sight. You should also be ready to talk to the locals, as they know the cool places to see, things to avoid, and most importantly, the best places to eat!
Truthfully, there is no way to fully prepare for what a motorcycle trip on Route 66 has in store. But if you use good judgement, buy the “Route 66: EZ66 Guide for Travelers,” by Jerry McClanahan, and consider the possibility of taking a guided tour, then your trip can be a smooth one, straight off the silver screen.