6 Things Every Motorcyclist Should Do in 2019

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6 Things Every Motorcyclist Should Do in 2019

Ride More

I know, this sounds cliche’ but it’s true. Spend more time on your motorcycle. You’ll become a better rider and undoubtedly enjoy yourself more than being in your cage. Don’t copp out on running errands or trips to the store because you have to haul stuff, if you don’t have saddlebags throw on a backpack or get a small bag for your bag. Just go for a ride for the sake of riding, go exploring around your county, take random dirt roads. More time on a motorcycle will always put a smile on your face.

Go Motorcycle Camping

Take a 3-5 day trip and camp off your motorcycle, no hotels and bring friends. It can sound a bit daunting, sleeping outside in a tent, worrying you won’t have enough clothes or be able to get a charge on your cell phone. Trust me, you won’t need half the shit you think you need. You’ll be surprised how far you can get with two sets of clothes and you’ll probably be spending far less time on you phone than usual and you ca always charge it with your bike. Pick a route that has some campsites and hit the road, I promise you’ll have a blast. Pro Tip: take half of what you think and twice the money.

Visit a Motorcycle Museum

There are great motorcycle museums all over the country. All of them jam packed with motorcycle radness. Thats the great thing about motorcycle museums, they aren’t your typical stuff museum with crusty things you may or may not be interested in. If you like motorcycles everything in them is something you’d probably love to have sitting in your garage. They are not only a great place to get educated about old bikes but they are just a great place to go check out rad shit. A couple of our favorites are The National Motorcycle Museum in Anamosa IA, The Sturgis Motorcycle Museum in Sturgis SD, and the Harley Davidson Museum in Milwaukee WI.

Go to a Flat Track Race

Or better yet race in one. Flat track racing is one of the most exciting and fun forms of racing you will ever experience. And the flat track racing community is more like a family than competitors, I guarantee you if you are interested in racing there are guys and gals at your local track that will welcome you with open arms and show you the ropes. It’s fairly inexpensive as far as racing goes to get involved. And you could always throw some 19” wheels on a Sportster and go hooligan racing. If your not up for ripping around the track you will 100% enjoy a day at the race track watching the festivities. If you can make a AFT race to watch the pro’s by all means do it, but you’ll have just as much fun at you local track sucking down cold ones bench racing with your local dirt track hero.

Work on your own Bike

Don’t be afraid of your bike, you’re probably not going to break anything that hasn’t  been broken (and fixed) before. Start with something small, install some grips, mirrors or mufflers. They are straight forward installs and use common hand tools. Get a few jobs under your belt and you’ll be doing a big bore kit in no time. If you run into a snag we have a ton of installation videos on our YouTube channel to help you. You’ll get a huge sense of satisfaction for turning wrenches on your own machine and be much more confident if you have to do a roadside repair. Your never too young or too old to start spinning your own wrenches.

Introduce someone to motorcycles

I always hate it when people look down their noses at someone who doesn’t ride. Meeting someone who doesn’t ride motorcycles is always an opportunity to introduce them to the wonderful world of motorbikes. To a lot of folks riding a motorcycle is something they are scared to do or don’t see themselves as “that type of person”. My money says 99% of people will like it if they have the right introduction. If you have a chance, give them a ride, but don’t be a dick and scare them to death, make it enjoyable. Or if you can get them on a small dirtbike teach them how to ride, they’ll be hooked (don’t try and teach them on your 900lb bagger). Most people love motorcycles, they just don’t know it yet.

By |2019-01-01T19:46:21+00:00January 1st, 2019|Categories: Editorial/Commentary Articles, News/Events Articles, Riding Tips, The Biker Guide|Tags: |5 Comments

About the Author:

Patrick Garvin began his stint with J&P Cycles at the start of 2008 after doing some installs for us at Daytona and Sturgis for two years. Currently, Patrick splits his time between the eCommerce team and purchasing, finding new and exciting products for our website and catalog. When he’s not at his desk, he’s zigzagging across the country with J&P’s event crew. Patrick has an obsession with going fast on just about anything, a trait he shares with his 6-year-old son Race. You can usually find both of them wrenching in the garage or ripping through the fields on dirt bikes. Emma, his beautiful wife of 7-plus years, puts up with his antics and keeps his head screwed on because he certainly wouldn’t be able to find it without her.

5 Comments

  1. jason armstrong January 2, 2019 at 12:58 pm

    How about investing in the latest safety gear, fixing bad riding habits and learning a new moto-related skill? Oh yeah, and live to ride another year!

    • Patrick January 2, 2019 at 2:16 pm

      I would consider learning to work on your bike, learning to race “moto-related” skills. Riding more should lead you to fixing bad riding habits if you are evolving as a motorcyclist.Oh yeah…staying alive is good.

  2. Alan January 2, 2019 at 8:55 am

    Good list. I saw my first flat track races (indoor and outdoor) and I agree, looks like a lot of fun. I recommend watching sportbike racing and trials riding too – it’s good for riders to see all the things bikes are capable of.

    Regarding introducing people to riding – I think we probably know some inattentive drivers who are probably better off in a cage (or on a bus, truly). But it’s good to talk to non-riders about it, to try to clear up misconceptions, and if they’re interested, help them get started the right way, as you mention.

  3. M adams January 2, 2019 at 2:24 am

    Thanx much I needed this reminder !!

  4. Mike Chapman January 1, 2019 at 8:51 pm

    …and sign up to be an organ donor. Not being morbid, just real. We’re risk takers as riders.

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