The possibility for an epic ride exists every single time we straddle a motorcycle. It could be anything from a 30-minute lunchtime romp to a 30-day cross-country exploration. All a rider needs is the right attitude and a set of wheels. A few of the right components and aftermarket accessories don’t hurt anything either. If you don’t know where to start, joining some riding partners is a great way to get introduced to the best rides around.
Motorcycling can be a calming, serene experience or it can be exciting to the point of terror. Deciding how to get our kicks safely and regularly is something every individual must do. It sounds obvious, but the key to having more epic rides is to set yourself up for success. Everything has to come together for that ultimate outing, so it’s important to have as many components ready as possible. In addition to having a bike in good condition, it also means having the right gear and accessories. An early spring day is pointless with a dead battery, and vented gear is useless on cold days. The point is to be ready, because you never know when you’ll find the next epic ride.
If you’re going to be on the road for one or more days, so line up as much as possible beforehand so you can focus on having a good time instead of managing logistics.
Have registration, license, insurance and pertinent health info easily accessible for you or emergency responders.
Motorcycling takes a toll on your mind and body. Start out well rested and try to stay mentally sharp for the ride, even if that means taking a few breaks along the way.
Keep a little stash on hand so that you don’t miss cool opportunities that turn up. It’s easier to buy a few gallons of fuel when you run out than it is to beg for it.
Discover new roads and alternate routes, eat at local restaurants and roll with the punches when problems arise.
Most phones have them these days, but make sure to bring some way to document the experience. Even better, get a camera that can be mounted on your bike or body.
Some bikes offer more storage capacity than others. A backpack is simple and effective, but can lead to fatigue. Look for on-bike luggage that fits your particular style.
Extra protection is available to wear in any circumstance. Upgrade existing armor or add some underneath your favorite clothes. T-shirt and shorts won’t get far on the asphalt.
Street jackets offer an incredible amount of versatility. Buy a four-season jacket or buy one jacket for every season. The market is packed with leather, textile and vented options.
Head protection comes in many forms. Whether it’s half-shell, full-face or modular, when was the last time you heard someone say “I wish I hadn’t worn that helmet?”
Crashing in the dirt is one thing, but putting palms down on pavement is totally different. We use our hands for everything, so make sure they don’t get mangled.
Motorcycle pants can be leather, textile or denim and usually have built-in armor. Be realistic – don’t drag a knee without pucks, but do you need racing leathers for a run to 7-11?
Riding footwear provides traction on footpegs, pavement and potentially dirt or gravel. Generally speaking, boots offer more protection while shoes are lighter and more casual.
To make the most out of every ride you have to start with the bike. Basic upgrades and a solid maintenance routine will give you an epic ride every time you climb aboard.
Once-in-a-lifetime adventures and everyday commuting requires a solid motorcycle. Give your bike the sweet lovin’ it deserves and be rewarded with epic rides.