5. Be aware of your mileage per liter and with a full tank.
This is a piece of advice I could have used but which I learned the hard way in Myanmar, when my gas pump gave out. You must always know how many miles you can do with a full tank; if you experience a drastic drop then you better stop and check. An increase in consumption can be caused by many things: the fuel pump, the piston rings, the valves, the distribution chain, all things you don’t want to ruin!!
6. Use a fuel filter
If you intend to travel to countries where fuel may be dirty, consider buying a fuel filter. This will help the fuel pump to run smoothly and will prevent ahiccupping stop in the middle of nowhere and having to remove the tank and the fuel pump. I use a Guglatech filter that works greatly.
7. When travelling stay hydrated. This is one of the most important things to do on long routes, whether it’s hot or not.
Staying hydrated is essential to maintain concentration and the right level of minerals. I use a camelback in my backpack with the straw fixed to a shoulder strap. In Iran and Pakistan, during really hot journeys, where to stopmeant to feel the heat even more and to overheat the engine, this solution helped me a lot. Be careful because if you don’t stay hydrated and reach peaks of dehydration while riding in a proving situation, your level of anxiety and stress will rise to the stars leading you to experience a "panic attack" that no one, I think, would like to struggle with in the middle of the desert.
8. Hit dirt roads and sleep in a tent: here the "take backroads" rule we talked about in this article (Link the 15 rules ......... ..) applies, but, as a rider, I can add that dirtroads help to expand riding skills and to learn more about the bike and its dynamics; moreover, you can easily find a beautiful spot where to set up your tent to rest.
9. Leave heavy-weighted and continue light-weighted: yes, overloaded bikes are fascinating and beautiful to prepare but, often, also a nightmare to ride on. We all want a bike ready and maybe even beautiful, but is it worth it if,as soon as we hit a dirt road, it becomes unmanageable, if at the first fall we can hardly pull it up, if it takes us 30 minutes to re-arrange luggage after we removed it for safekeeping? When I left in March, I was overloaded, I had 4 small cases on the crash bar, a tank bag, a second tank bag placed behind me full of food, the tent, a 60-liter roll bag, and the two side cases. As I spent most of my days straddling my bike, paking and unpacking luggage, I realized how many things, clothes and tools I never used;without second thoughts, I soon enough gave or threw them away (don’t dwell on it too much otherwise you will never get rid of anything, keeping everything.)