9. Fuel


File this under “Duh,” but you’re not getting anywhere without gas. If you’re religious about resetting your bike’s tripmeter at the beginning of every tankful, you’ll have a pretty good idea of what your fuel status is before you ride, even if your bike doesn’t have a fuel gauge. Also, most gauges are inaccurate at some point on their scale. By tracking your mileage, you’ll know if you’re really at the bottom of the tank or if you’ve got another 30 miles left. The real reason you want to check your fuel, though, is to plan your ride. Know where along your route you’re going to stop for gas – or if you need to stop at all. It’s all part of getting your head in the game before you’ve even turned a wheel.