Leaving room for the unexpected does not mean leaving things to chance though. On the contrary, Andrea believes that the organisation of certain technical aspects is fundamental in order to be able to really enjoy the pleasure of discovery. Here then are his 5 tips on what to do before switching on the engine and setting off.
1. Check that your vehicle is in tip-top condition. Forks, suspension and tyres should all be working perfectly. If you’re planning an exotic trip or one with off-road sections, check whether it is possible to find new tyres in the places you will visit, because in these cases tyre consumption can be significant!
2. Prepare all the necessary documents ahead of time. Your ID card or passport, as well as visas and permits, and any international licence that is required, depending on the destination. As well as bike registration and insurance papers of course.
3. Nowadays, an internet connection is also essential when travelling. So be aware of the rates your phone company offers to ensure you can stay connected. If there is a risk of heading somewhere with no network, take satellite devices with you, with maps that can also be used offline. To be safe, the advice is to always carry a good old paper map: the only certainty in case of problems with electronic devices.