Photo by Graham
7) Take a Serious Trip
Look at number two on the list again and push it into overdrive. Enjoy the amazing roads Canada and Mexico have to offer. Take a few months off and attempt the Pan-American Highway, a 30,000-mile road trip that starts in Alaska and ends in the most southern point of Argentina. The road is briefly interrupted by about 100 miles of rainforest, so consider a bike from the dual sport end of the spectrum. Or, choose a country in Europe, rent a bike and start riding. Recreate the journey seen in Long Way Round and Long Way Down. Go absolutely nuts.
8) Wrench and Learn
Unless you enjoy giving your dealership money for services rendered that you could do yourself, consider the following. Buy the service manual and become a member on an online forum about your bike of choice. With a few tools that you most likely already have in your house, you can perform basic maintenance procedures with the satisfaction that experience and a job well done can bring. Plus, you get the added bonus of saving some money to boot. Get a project bike on your bucket list and figure it out as you go.
Photo by Jean-Pierre
9) Experience The Unfamiliar
I have the problem of limiting myself to one specific type of bike whenever I make a new purchase (sport nakeds). Other motorcyclists have the same preferences, and like me prefer the familiar. So instead of keeping with the safe and familiar, let’s try something completely different this year. Try to ride the opposite of what you normally prefer. Take a test ride at a dealership or a riding event, borrow a friend’s bike or take a class. Expand your horizons by getting on a dirt bike, cruiser, sportbike, dual sport, sidecar, or anything that lets you sense how those other little slices of motorcycle life feel.
Photo by Joe Tordiff
10) Seek Out The Best Day Trip
Very few of us have the means to head to Argentina and back, whether it be limited funds, short on time, or avoiding capture by rebel insurrectionists in Colombia. This year you can make the most out of however much you can pack into one great day trip. Study the maps for nearby counties and source some good road info from the Internet and local message boards. Get in touch with neighborhood riding groups to find riding partners and knowledge of the nearby curvy roads and sweepers. Find new scenic spots and meet new people. Mix some hobbies together and try riding and hiking, or riding and surfing. Make it your goal to create a riding day trip packed with opportunities for memorable experiences.
What’s on your 2014 bucket list?