Motor Biking The Byways

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You do not need a therapist if you own a motorcycle, any kind of motorcycle! –Dan Aykroyd

There’s so different about taking a motorcycle out on the main road or zipping along the back road as the sun starts to set in. It’s a personal form of travel that takes you from the ordinary to the fast track of exploration. The feel of the wind on your face, the blur of the scenery as you drive past, and the thrill of knowing that it’s just you, your bike, and the road and where ever you decide to go, makes it unique from other forms of travel.

Motorcycles are highly specialized vehicles, and there’s a reason they deserve to be treated with care. No matter where you go on your motorcycle, there’s always the road, and there is always something that needs to be explored.

So whether you’re looking for a leisurely drive at the end of the day or are zooming along to your next destination, motorcycle rides are their own special form of travel, one that’s worth checking out.

A Thrill Ride

Scenic Highways & Byways Trying to list all the different styles and types of motorcycles is a momentous task that’s best left to the experts. What is important is knowing what you expect out of your bike before you take to the road.

Whether you’re looking for a lightweight ride or a Lowrider built for cruising, motorcycles can take you places a normal car wouldn’t fit, and of course, give you the cool factor that you’ve always been missing.

It’s best to keep in mind that riding a motorcycle is more difficult and presents different dangers than driving a car. It’s important to protect yourself first and foremost. While it might be expensive to do so, a motorcycle can be replaced. Unfortunately, if you’re not wearing the right gear, you cannot be replaced as easily as your bike. However, you should also take steps to protect your bike. Having a motorcycle helmet camera can mean the difference between getting an insurance payment for your crashed bike, or getting nothing. A motorcycle should always be kept in a storage shed or garage when not being used to protect it from the elements.

It is always a good idea to wear leather while on the road. While it can be uncomfortable to wear leather on a hot day, it’s important to keep yourself protected from road rash. You also want to make sure that you wear a good pair of motorcycle gloves and boots.

You might want to jump right out of your bed and onto your motorcycle and a pair of tennis shoes and PJ pants, but it’s best to protect yourself before going for a spin. The whole point of jumping on a motorbike is to travel light, so make sure you don’t bog yourself out down with too many details before you hit the road. Here are some of the basics you should have on you before you explore your next biker’s byway.

Suit Up

The most important thing that you need before going motorcycling is a good helmet. Not only will a helmet help protect your head from any injuries, but it can also help you feel safer and drive more confidently. A helmet with a visor can be a great investment to make sure that you don’t end up with a grill full of mosquitoes during the summer. You also want to make sure that you have a leather motorcycle jacket that is comfortable and fits you, but also durable enough to keep you safe on the road. Not only is it important to make sure that you stay safe, but it’s also important to take care of your motorcycle. While it is important to take care of the mechanical aspects of your motorcycle before taking on your next adventure, there are other things that will help make your ride go smoother. Saddlebags are always a great investment, as they allow you to pack the necessities for your trip. Another option for storage is motorcycle backpacks. But no matter how you stock up, the real fun starts when you hit the highway and feel the tires under you and see the sky above you as you explore what the road has to offer.

From Near and Far

Whether you’re looking to join a quick haunt around the block or going on a cross-country road trip with friends, motorcycling offers you a way to see the highway unlike riding enclosed in a car. Keep in mind—motorcycles are not great for all types of weather, and if you get yourself caught in a snowstorm you may find yourself needing more than a cup of cocoa to warm yourself up. So make sure to prepare for your trip in advance by keeping an eye on the weather, and make sure that you have a general idea where you are going. Make sure to pack a backup roadmap just in case your internal compass isn’t as great as you thought it was. It’s also a good idea to check up on local motorcycle laws before you travel from one state to another or in another country since what might be a fine in one state may be a problem in another. It also may be wise to invest in a good motorcycle lock to prevent theft.

So rev up your engine, put on your helmet, hook up your motorcycle speakers, and get ready to feel the road beneath your tires—and of course, look amazing—as you adventure down the side roads and byways along the way.