Motorcycles are a great way to get around. As a commuting vehicle, you can skip past the traffic, reducing travel time. As an environmental concern, they produce significantly fewer emissions than cars with combustion engines. If you want to take it a step further you can even choose an electric bike. They are also a lot of fun to ride, whether you’re taking a day trip, travelling across the country, or simply hitting the dirt trails.
But, the downside of a motorcycle is that they become uncomfortable after a while. This is what limits the range you can travel in one go. Fortunately, there is an array of accessories and tips you can use to stay comfortable on your motorcycle.
One tip that should be noted first is that manufacturer’s equipment is often best. For example, if you have a BMW motorbike then go with BMW accessories first. They are designed for the bike, giving you a better fit and are often more practical.
If you’ve ever ridden in the cold then you’ll know that cold hands aren’t just unpleasant, they can be dangerous. The colder your fingers get the harder it is to operate the controls. Considering that’s the gas, clutch, and front brake, you need to keep your hands warm.
Heated gloves are the perfect answer and will transform your riding experience.
This is a simple addition to any bike and one that you don’t appreciate until you do it. Put simply, these levers replace your standard ones and you adjust them to the size of your hands. After you’ve fitted them you’ll appreciate how stretched your hands were!
Motorcycle seats are generally comfortable unless you’re in the saddle for a long time. You can purchase different seats for your bike or simply add an extra padded layer. The beauty of this is you can take it on and off depending on what trip you’re doing.
This may feel like cheating and perhaps prevents you from enjoying the full fun of riding. However, if you’re on a long stretch, the speed limit doesn’t change, and there isn’t anything to slow you down, cruise control can be a blessing. It allows you to relax your hands slightly while maintaining full control of your bike.
The Tank Bag
This is an essential item for everyone with a motorcycle. The tank bag attaches to your tank with magnets and has a clear pocket on the top. You can keep your phone, GPS, change, and anything else you may need on, your trip handy. It’s much easier when you have to stop, for example at a toll station.
This isn’t important if you ride by yourself. But, if you ride with a pillion or another biker, you’ll find a two-way radio, with hands-free attachments, which is a great way to chat while riding. It won’t just make you more comfortable, it will make long trips pass much faster.