Congratulations! You’ve found a stunning place to live. The scenery is postcard worthy year round and you get to take it all in on the back of your bike.
Still, beach living isn’t all surf and sunshine. There are a few things you need to take into consideration when living near the beach and owning a motorcycle. Here are seven.
- Cleanliness is Next to Godliness
All the salt water air might feel good on your lungs but it can wreak serious havoc on your bike if you don’t clean it regularly. Neglecting your regular washings will do more than hide your beautiful motorcycle. It could also cause scratching and corrosion.
To prevent paint damage from the sand and surf, plan to clean your bike regularly.
- Proper Cleaning is Vital
Regular cleanings are important, but proper cleanings are vital. Rinsing off your bike after a ride, or worse, wiping down your bike with a dirty rag, can also cause serious damage to your paint and parts.
When you clean your motorcycle after a ride along the coast line, make sure to let your bike cool first. Then, rinse off any areas with hardened dirt before scrubbing it down. Always use clean rags and gentle detergents designed specifically for motorcycles. Once clean, apply a coat of wax to protect your bike on future rides.
- Beware of the Sandy Roads
Don’t own a dirt bike? Don’t try to ride in the sand – even when that sand is caked on heavily to the roads.
Many parking lots and roadways get covered in fine dirt. This can pose a serious road hazard to riders. Take care when riding on especially sandy roads to avoid slips and falls. If you do hit a patch of sand, avoid slamming on the brakes. Instead, down-shift slowly to avoid having the rear brake lock up and you from skidding on the dirt.
- Plan for the Rain…
Living near the beach means living in a variety of weather patterns. One minute, it’s warm and sunny. The next, it’s cool, windy, and rainy. It can change on a dime and when the torrential coastline downpours begin, you need to be ready.
Prepare yourself no matter where you are on your motorcycle by having some extra attire on hand. Having a luggage system on the back of your bike can help you store clothing essentials, such as windbreakers or rain gear built for riding.
- … And the Sun
Although you might set out planning on having nice sunny weather, you might not anticipate just how hot you can get while on the back of a bike. The heat of the sun can get intense, especially around the water.
Having a cooling vest can mean the difference between a terrible ride or a fun one. This is especially important to wear during the hot summer months.
- Stay Hydrated
Hydration is key. When you’re around the water, having a sip of fresh (not salty) water will help you ride longer and stay heat-stroke-free.
Get a hydration system for your bike. Whether that means your hydration pack is a staple you always grab as you head out the door, or you stock your luggage system with a few bottles of water, you need to have this liquid gold on hand for the warm temperatures.
- Pants Look Better on a Motorcycle
Beach towns are known for having flip flops and short weather year round. When you own a bike on the beach, you might want to change up your attire – at least during your ride.
Wearing motorcycle pants can prevent road rash, stop accidental burns, and keep you feeling safer overall. Yes, they’re slightly warmer, but that minor increase in body temperature is a small price to pay for neglecting this critical safety gear. Remember, you can always change into shorts when you reach your destination. Riding with pants just looks (and feels) better.
The beach is a beautiful place to own a bike. Keep the road conditions, your attire, and your bike’s cleanliness in mind for safer, happier riding.