Sadly, winter came early to Iowa this year so we are done riding for now. Although we can’t ride we try to do other motorcycle-related activities to pass the cold, dark winter months. It reminds us of the fun we have had and the fun that is yet to come.
Here some ideas to help you pass the time:
Winterize your bike: This is usually the thing that I delay as long as I can because it’s the signal that I won’t riding for a while. If you are not sure what steps to take, there are plenty of good articles online. I’ll be winterizing this weekend.
Make repairs or install new upgrades: When you are winterizing your bike, it is a good time to inspect for worn or broken parts. The downtime of winter is a great time to make those repairs, or to install new toys. I’m looking forward to installing a new dual camera recording system that Renee got me for Christmas (shhhh….it supposed to be a surprise). The only bad news is that I won’t be able to test it on the road until next spring.
Clean up, repair, replace your gear: Now is the time to take a close and critical look at your gear. Is anything worn out or broken? The off season is a good time to replace gear because you can shop for deals (maybe go to a motorcycle show and look for a deal).
Go to a motorcycle show/swap meet: This is a great activity for the off-season. You can see the latest motorcycles and gear and get discounts on some items. There are several large shows around the country every year, but you might need to travel to get to one depending on where you live. We are going to the Progressive Motorcycle Show in Chicago this February. Besides seeing the bikes and gear, Renee wants to get a new set of custom ear plugs made.
Share some of your rides and pictures with others: Inspire some of your favorite motorcycle forum members with your pictures and stories. You will enjoy your past rides all over again while you put it together. Write up a good ride report and we will be happy to share it on the website. We love to share your adventures as much as our own.
Catch up on some other ride reports: There are tons of ride reports on the various motorcycle forums. Some of them are truly inspiring and you are sure to find someone who has been somewhere you would like to visit.
Start to plan for next spring: Get out a map or an atlas and start to plan some trips and events to attend. Cyclefish.com is a good source for motorcycle related events. There are probably other local event lists on your favorite motorcycle forum as well.
Volunteer to help at a ride/rally: There are lots of rides and rallies going on all summer. They range from small, local rallies to large international rallies. Many of them would love to have an extra set of hands to help out. If you have already attended a rally, you may have met the organizers. If not, Cyclefish.com lists the organizers or contacts for each event.
Watch a motorcycle movie: Whether you like Long Way Round, Easy Rider or On Any Sunday, wintertime is a good time to watch your favorite movie again. Or maybe to find a new favorite movie.
Read a motorcycle book: There are tons of great motorcycle books out there. It seems like every time I read one, I find two more that I want to read. My favorite books (so far) are: Ghost Rider, by Neil Peart, The Long Ride Home, by Nathan Millward and One Man Caravan, by Robert Edison Fulton Jr.
Even though we can’t ride right now, there are still a lot of things we are doing to stay engaged in the hobby we love. The off-season is when we create most of our routes, and in addition to some of the items above, we will be working on some new routes for next summer. We are also looking at the feasibility of making paper maps of the routes.
What are some of the things you like to do when you can’t ride? Do you have a favorite movie or book you would like to share? Drop us a line and let us know what you like to do in the off-season. Again, we are always happy to hear from you and would love to share your news on the site, so please keep in touch over this long, dark, cold time we call winter.