If you are reading these lines it is because you do not want to miss the best tips for making the route 66 by motorcycle. In another post we already shared with you the itinerary we did in our Route 66 by motorcycle. And we say “our” because we include other stops of tourist interest. Both the itinerary and some of the tips we give you could be useful if you are also going to route 66 by car or caravan.
Tips for making the route 66 by motorcycle
Here you are our main tips to make the route 66 by motorcycle after our experience.
1. Rent your motorcycle with EagleRider
We rented a classic Harley Davidson Electra Glide, super comfortable for 2 people. It had GPS, speakers, two side suitcases and one at the back. Eagle rider lets you pick up the bike in Chicago and return it in Los Angeles. In any case, it is very expensive, about € 3000 the 12 days we were riding, but it is once in a lifetime. That is why we took it with full insurance. Make sure your bank is notified that you are going to make such a payment abroad, we had problems due to the security of the credit cards. We know there are organized group routes by Eagle Rider. However, we preferred to go on our own, so we could stop when we wanted and make some of changes in the real itinerary.
2. Take your motorcycle helmet and get your Interphone
In some states of the United States it is not mandatory to wear a helmet by motorcycle. Therefore, you should know that the helmets provided by EagleRider are of low quality. That is, you have your face outside and only your head protected. Therefore, if you have a helmet closed, we recommend that you take it to the route for three reasons: cold, wind, rain and bugs! In addition, we have installed some intercoms that surely you will already know about the Interphone brand. Thanks to this bluetooth system we were able to communicate with each other throughout the trip. Something that we recommend if you still do not have them, since there are many kilometers and hours of road. In the following photo, in the helmet on the right you can see the Interphone.
3. Take removable and malleable suitcases
A great tip if you are going to do the route 66 by motorcycle is to get some extractable luggage to put in the rigid suitcases of the motorcycle. We bought some GIVI waterproof suitcases. They are ideal because they could be adapted perfectly to the side trunks of the Harley. Each of us had one. The good thing about the removable luggage is that at each stop we could take them out comfortably and put them in our hotel room easily. And, also, as they are waterproof, clothes were not wet when it rained.
4. Download the app Route 66 Ultimate Guide Pro
It is free and will serve as your guide if you want to know what you should visit in each state of the Route 66. You will not miss places like this.
5. Hire a travel insurance with accident coverage
It is essential that in a trip of this type you hire a travel insurance. Health costs in the United States are huge and the risks of taking a motorcycle trip, as you know, are bigger than doing it by car. We give you a 5% discount on your insurance to the US and to any other part of the world for being our reader. Unlike other travel insurance, with IATI you will have road accident coverage.
6. Go well equipped for all type of climates
When doing route 66, you are traveling through a whole country, with which you will practically experience all kinds of climates. In our case, it was damp in Chicago, on the way to Missouri it rained and it was quite windy. In New Mexico we exceeded 35 degrees and in Arizona, arriving at the Grand Canyon, it hailed us. Therefore, it is important that you bring a good integral waterproof for the motorcycle, as well as boots that protect you from accidents, stones and rain.
7. Eat healthy at Wholefoods Market
In the United States it is very complicated to eat healthy without being cheated. You practically have to have breakfast, lunch and dinner based on hamburgers and pizza if you do not want to spend more than 15 euros per meal. In this sense, the Wholefoods Market supermarket saved us from junk food several times during the route. Here you can set your salad with several ingredients, as well as a combination dish. The number of fast food restaurants in the country is exaggerated. There will be times in the route where you have no choice, but if you go through large cities, there will always be a Wholefoods.
8. Get your Revolut card for free
Revolut card has no fees on ATM withdrawals and card payments worldwide, you’ll enjoy the freedom of knowing you’re ready to explore, whenever.
9. Book in advance the hotels of Chicago and L.A.
Accommodation in Chicago and Los Angeles is very expensive. Therefore, we recommend you book your hotel in Chicago in advance. In the same way, even if you are going to get to L.A. two weeks later, we suggest you book your hotel in Los Angeles soon.
10. Find your outward flight to Chicago and return by L.A.
We hope that these 10 tips for making the route 66 by motorcycle on your own have been helpful. Do not hesitate to leave us a comment for any question or send us an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.