Time is getting short for riding in the Northern states. Here are a few ideas that might help you satisfy your riding urges until you can ride again.
1. Complete any needed repairs or maintenace:
The off-season is a great time to take care of those items you have been putting off like fluid changes, new tires, brakes. Of course, if you need new tires, etc, you shouldn't wait until the off-season to do this.
2. Make changes and install upgrades:
The off season is a great time to make changes and upgrades to your bike. You can make changes without losing any riding time. The only downside is that you will not be able to test out some changes until you can ride again.
I have a few items to work on this winter; installing a Halo Cam system, mounting a toolbox and a small tank bag. I also have to finish getting my bike ready for 3-4 months of sitting. What will you be doing to your bike this winter?
3. Listen to a podcast:
There are ton's of riding related podcasts available, with more coming out every day. The content (and quality) varies from podcast to podcast, but with so many available, you are sure to find one you like! This is also a great activity for when you are working on your bike.
Drop us a note to let know what you are listening to. We are always interested in finding new podcasts.
4. Catch up on your reading:
Reading about someone else's adventures is a great way to pass the time as well as inspire you for future trips. There are some really good books available on a variety of subjects, so with a little bit of searching you should be able to find several books that will entertain you.
Some of my favorites were written by Neil Peart, Nathan Millward, and Sam Manicom. What are your favorite motorcycle related books?
If books are not your thing, there are still plenty of magazines available (both in print and online).
5. Visit a motorcycle store:
Support your local dealer, or visit one you have never been to before. It's always fun to look at bikes, right? Also, who knows, maybe you will meet someone to ride with.
6. Go to a Convention:
This is getting harder to do, but if you can get to a convention, it is another great opportunity to see new bikes and gear. Some vendors even offer discounts, so you might find some good deals.
7. Plan a trip for next summer:
The off season is when we start planning our rides for next summer. We plan a number of rides and try to block out dates well in advance so that the summer doesn't slip away on us.
Remember, if you need help planning a trip, we can help. Whether its a weekend or an epic journey, we have the tools and experience to help make your trip special. Go ahead and drop us a line and lets talk about it.
8. Extend your riding season by getting some heated gear:
If the roads are clean and it's just cold, you can extend your riding season with heated gear. There are a variety of different companies and products available. As with most things, the better gear is more expensive, but there are more choices available today than ever.
9. Travel South:
Whether you take your bike South, head South and rent or take a guided tour, this is always an option. Most of us don't have the ability to do this, but for those that can, there are a lot of options in many different areas.
If you planning a winter getaway, we would love to hear about your plans!
10. ? What is something you like to do (other than we listed)?
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