Motorcycle travel is one of the finest teacher who takes you through endurance test and makes aware of your personal self. For those who were taking it lightly as one of the easiest of adventures i need to tell it is not. The difficultness depend on the time of the day and other climatic conditions.
Do not start your ride without basic gear. That is the foremost rule. A good quality Helmet is one for sure. Take short breaks every 50 km. Have some water and carry on. This prevents from dehydrating and reduces after ride fatigue. An advice i would suggest limit your first ride to a maximum of 500 km. This letsyou know your fitness level and also your bikes fitness. Needless to say how muchever distance you plan service your bike before starting and check the fuel and air pressure on tyres. If your way is too remote try to get the basic tools and know how to fix a flat tyre. Having said this i also did not know fixing it in my bike.
The ride also tests your mental stability and need to control restlessness that develops. You need to keep concentrating and restrict distractions and other backgrouond thoughts. But dont forget to enjoy the scenic view turning around you. Keep calm.
Try to provide meaning to your ride in your own way. One is getting to know the specialities of the places you travel and experiencing it. It could be food, art forms, nature and anything. Do not plan you trip amidst tight schedule or you will end up compromising on the above. Though i am not a great person to write motor cycle diaries (real life story of che guevera, ofcourse inspired), i am trying to set my own version atleast after a couple of fine rides. And i can cherish myself in the future. I cannot give up my bike in the process of travel as in story. I would say you become a modern partial yogi if you do long distance rides and exclaim a complete one if you decide to give up your bike and never return to your home land. Happy riding. Just enjoy!