9 Useful Motorcycle Commuting Tips…. Guest Post By Julie Adams

Posted: May 17, 2019 in Motorcycle, Motorcycle advocacy, Motorcycle Rides
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When you first get your motorcycle, the feeling is incredible. It doesn’t matter how many motorcycles you own in your lifetime, the feeling is always the same.

If you’re planning on buying a motorcycle for commuting, or want to start commuting on a motorcycle you already have, you’re in for a treat. However, as with everything, there is good and bad. If you go about motorcycle commuting the wrong way, you can find yourself uncomfortable, frustrated, and ready to go back to driving.

Here are a few quick tips for commuting on a motorcycle.

1. Get A Reliable Motorcycle

This should be obvious, but you shouldn’t commit to commuting on an unreliable motorcycle. Make sure you keep up with the maintenance on your bike, like changing your oil and your brake pads. Simple steps like this can help ensure you have a reliable ride every day.

2. Invest In A Motorcycle-Specific GPS

Unless you plan on only going to and from the same place every day, the benefits of purchasing a motorcycle-specific GPS device are hard to ignore. Unlike your phone, a motorcycle GPS is generally waterproof, easier to see, easier to use, and provides more data, not to mention, it won’t siphon off the battery from your cellphone.

When you’re riding, you need to be able to focus on the road. Using a GPS device that is designed for motorcyclists is a great way to make sure to get where you need to go, while still being safe and aware of your surroundings. (If you want to learn more about these, check out: https://theridersmarket.com/best-motorcycle-gps/)

3. Get A Waterproof Backpack

Another motorcycle commuting essential is a good, waterproof backpack. If you don’t have saddlebags, you’re going to want a safe, dry spot to store everything you need to bring with you.

A good motorcycle backpack will be comfortable, have plenty of storage, durable zippers and be able to resist light rain.

4. Take The Path Less Traveled

Traffic jams are much more obnoxious on a motorcycle than they are in a car. On a bike, if you sit still for too long, it gets hot, your back starts to hurt and if you’re in stop and go traffic, you’re at risk of being rear-ended by someone who isn’t paying attention.

Even if this means adding an extra 5-10 minutes to your commute, find a route that isn’t as busy so you have a more enjoyable ride.

5. Always Stay Alert

The more often you ride, the more likely you are to get in an accident. Be sure to always follow the basics of motorcycle safety. If you take the same path every day, it is easy to get complacent and lazy with your motorcycle safety. Always remember – everyone is out to kill you. Okay, maybe that’s a bit dramatic, but you should still act that way! Ride defensively all the time. Ride like everyone wants to hit you. This way, you’re ready to avoid a collision and keep the rubber on the road.

6. A CamelBak Is Great In Warm Weather

If you live in a warm state down south, setting up a Camelbak in your backpack is a game changer. If you do end up getting stuck in traffic or are out longer than you thought, having quick access to a drink can be super helpful.

Make sure you clean your Camelbak every so often. It is easy just to want to fill it up, but it will eventually get the ick if you don’t clean it at least every few days.

7. Check Tires Regularly

Another simple maintenance to-do is to keep an eye on your tires. If you ride through the city, you’d be surprised how easy it is to run over a nail on the road and be none the wiser. Every week or so, check your tire pressure and inspect for any punctures. If you find a leak, make sure you take care of it right away.

8. Bring Music

As long as you can still hear what’s going on around you, music is an excellent addition to your motorcycle commute. It can help pass the time and make your ride that much more enjoyable. If you have speakers that you can mount to your bike, get that set up or invest in some motorcycle-friendly headphones for the ride.

9. Know The Gas Stations In The Area

If you have a small gas tank, it’s easy to find yourself near empty without any idea where the nearest gas station is. Make sure you fill up your bike once you see the low-gas light come on, or once you know you’re running low. You don’t want to be on your way to work and get stuck pushing your bike a mile up the road for some gas.

Remember – Motorcycle Commuting Should Be Fun!

If you’re going to commute, it may as well be on a motorcycle. Life can be numbing. The day-to-day sameness can give life a feeling of dread. Let your commute be your escape. Learn to enjoy the time you spend going to and from your destinations. With this mindset, you’ll look forward to your commute every day, rather than dreading it.

 

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