Forget the standard new year’s resolutions -“I’m going to lose weight, go to the gym, quit smoking, blah blah blah”. I say, make this year a bit more fun by focusing more on what we love-motorcycles, and make some resolutions centered on that. Here are a few suggestions for 2014:
Lets start off with a fun one: Ride more often. What’s the point of owning a bike if you have it sitting in your garage most of the year? Resolve to spend less time on the computer and more time on what you love-riding. There’s always work and there are always things that need to be done and they will never end, so give yourself a break and take out your bike for a ride even if its just to go around the block. This will help keep it from rusting and falling apart in your garage too.
Do some off road riding. This will give you the chance to ride on a different type of terrain instead of just asphalt. You’ll experience motorcycle riding in a whole different way and you can make it fun by doing it with a group of friends.
Service your bike on your own as much as possible. Owning a motorcycle isn’t just about riding, but learning as well. What better way to spend a lazy afternoon enjoying your hobby, than by tinkering with your bike like changing the oil, changing your mirrors, grips, or turn signals. We have a lot of nice looking ones available along with do-it yourself videos on our website to guide you step by step. Plus as an added bonus, you’ll save a lot of money and learn at the same time, by doing some stuff on your own.
Get a project bike. This one links in with the previous resolution of servicing your own bike. I find its a lot of fun to get together with my friends and work on an old bike together. You get to share ideas and I always learn something new. Plus it gives you a good excuse to drink some alcohol. Crack open a few beers and start tinkering. Make sure you focus more on tuning the bike though than drinking the beer. You don’t want to end up getting drunk and forgetting where you put the engine you just removed.
Resolve to clean your motorcycle at regular intervals. This is time well spent. I know sometimes its annoying to do but it pays in the long run. Dirt grime can build up and cause rust as well as other problems for your bike. Doing so will save you a lot of money in the long run by not having to replace rusted parts, plus you get to burn some calories doing it, so you’re getting two resolutions done at the same time-cleaning your bike and losing some weight ;-)
Make it a habit of checking your tire pressure before going for a ride. Either visually or using a pressure gauge. You don’t want to set off on a long journey with a tire that has an air bubble or low pressure. Both can be recipes for disaster. As the saying goes, better safe than sorry. It only takes a minute to do anyway.
Take a motorcycle riding course. This will make you a better rider and more importantly a safer rider. Plus it’s an opportunity to meet new people and it’s a lot of fun.
Visit a track. What’s more fun than getting an adrenaline rush from riding fast on your motorcycle. Wasn’t that one of the reason’s you got one in the first place? Don’t shake your head-you know you got it for that reason.
Ride a charity run and go to a motorcycle show/event. Definitely a lot of fun and a great experience. You get to meet new people, re-unite with old friends, and feel good about what you are doing when its for a charity. Plus for us guys, you get to see those hot girls in uniforms representing certain motorcycle brands at the motorcycle shows and events ;-)
Those are our resolutions for 2014. Feel free to add your own resolutions as well. Have a happy 2014 New Year!