With the borders opening up everywhere and restrictions eased, it's time to take to the roads and explore the famous Mae Hong Son Loop. So come together with your friends and come alive, taking in the beautiful views of the entire journey and enjoying the exhilarating ride. Whether you're new to the biking world or a veteran rider, here are some tips and reminders on what you need to prepare before going on a multi-day trip. After all, it's been a while since you've been able to travel across the border.
1. Prepare the correct documents
If you're going out of state or across your country's borders, prepare all necessary items accordingly. It would be a hassle if you get all the way there but get turned away because you forgot to bring your passports or even do a Covid test! Have a checklist of essential things you need to bring, and check it before heading out.
If you're raring to go but unsure where, we recommend the Mae Hong Son Loop, where you can enjoy the fantastic view of the mountain and meet the villagers living around the area.
With over 600km of road and more than 4,000 curves, this route is the most famous among cyclist and motorist enthusiasts in Thailand. It has everything a touring motorcyclist could want - bends and straights, incredible wildlife, beautiful ethnic villages and towns, and amazing views. It's recommended to ride the route over 7 to 10 days for you to truly immerse yourself in the beauty of your surroundings, even though it can be completed in 4 days. Those who have traversed the route recommend going on the loop clockwise, going through Mae Sariang first. The road is relatively flat and straightforward, allowing riders to build confidence before heading into the mountains.
2. Do a quick service or maintenance work before leaving
If you're about to go on a long ride, you should send your bike for a check-up, regardless of the distance left until the next service. You wouldn't want to break down in the middle of the road a long way away from home. You need to check the most important things such as the tyres, lights and electrics, oil and other fluids, chassis, and stands.
These are simple checks you can do yourself, but it wouldn't hurt to send your bike to a professional to ensure everything is in good condition. Once you're sure your bike is all set, you're good to go!
3. Pick the best bike for the route
Before you begin a ride, you need to understand the road to ride the most suitable bike.
For the Mae Hong Son Loop, an underbone bike is perfect as it's light and nippy, meaning you'll have more fun at the many twists and turns located along the loop. The reason is that the lightweight of the underbone will give you a more enjoyable ride on narrow roads. Still, you need to be sure you can handle it, as parts of the loop can be dangerous if you're not experienced. First, however, you should make sure you're wearing the right gear for the weather. If bad weather hits, you'll need light, breathable gear and spare waterproof gear.
If you don't want to put your bike through the rugged terrain or don't own a suitable bike for the route, you can also rent a bike in several towns and villages. A touring motorcycle would also be a good choice due to its comfort, but it can be expensive to rent if you don't already have one.
4. Choose the right oil
Engine oil is one of the most critical components, so make sure you've got the right kind! For travelling, PETRONAS Sprinta F900 is perfect. This fully synthetic engine oil is designed for powerful bikes made for long-distance touring. It is also suitable for motorcycles manufactured by leading Japanese, European and American manufacturers. We're sure everyone agrees that when we get the best out of our bike, it brings the best out of us too!
5. Research repair shops along the route
While everyone hopes no emergencies occur during a trip, you never know when something will happen. So always take note of any bike repair shops along your route to know where to go, just in case. After all, it's distressing enough if you break down close to home, it would be even more so in a whole different country!
Take some professional advice on fixing common problems while on the road. It may even save you some money doing it yourself before sending your motorbike to a service centre.
We hope you'll be well prepared for your next ride, whether it's a solo ride or a ride with your friends. PETRONAS Sprinta wishes you a safe journey ahead!
Workshops available en route to Mae Hong San:
1. Songkhla (South of Thailand) // Workshop name: Siri Racing
2. Nakhon Sawan (Middle North of Thailand) // Workshop name: Ku Motor
3. Chiang Mai (North of Thailand) // Workshop name: The Schweine Garage