Top 10 Fun Activities for Motorcycle Riders While Social Distancing
We hope you are doing well. And, if you’re feeling under the weather, we wish you a speedy recovery!
Amidst the COVID-19 health crisis, we’ve all had to make adjustments to our everyday routine. This new normal leaves many of us with more time on our hands. What’s a rider to do? Well, we’ve got a few ideas up our sleeve.
Continue reading below for activities that will turn social distancing from a drag to a blast!
1. Watch Motorcycle Movies
Is your night-life currently at a halt? It may be nice to have a night in for a change. Pop a bag of popcorn in the microwave, grab a cold one from the fridge and pop in a movie.
And, if you don’t have a DVD collection, remember, any movie you can imagine is available at the click of a button. You can browse your favorite streaming platform, find a movie on-demand or scan your local cable listings. You can even rent or buy your favorite classics on Youtube.
For motorcycle movie ideas, check out our post on the top six iconic motorcycle movies!
2. Solo ride
You might think that going for a ride is out of the question. However, solo riding is a great way to pass time while social distancing.
It’s also the perfect way to clear your mind and get away from it all, even if it’s just for an hour or two. When you return, you’ll feel refreshed and ready to take on the day!
Just remember to abide by the rules in your area. If your state, city or county has enforced curfews for the safety of its citizens, make sure to allot enough time for your return.
There are many health benefits to spending time alone. These days, we are connected to one another more than ever due to technology. Try to reserve some time for yourself to unplug and relax. You deserve it!
Doctor of Psychology Sherrie Bourg Carter explains that dedicating time for solitude allows your brain to reboot. This can improve your concentration and increase your productivity.
Solitude also eliminates background noise that can cloud your thoughts, giving you space to think freely and deeply.
3. Join a Motorcycle Forum
Do you miss chatting with other riders? Consider joining a motorcycle forum or chat room. Reddit and Quora are two of the most popular online discussion boards.
People use discussion boards to give and receive information. It’s a great tool for sharing knowledge, expressing opinions, asking questions and getting answers.
If you’re a new rider, a motorcycle forum is a great place to get advice. And, if you’re an experienced rider, it’s a great platform to share wisdom and have discussions.
4. Take Care of Your Bike
Do you miss being out on the open road, just you and your bike? You can spend some quality time with your motorcycle by doing some maintenance.
A bike that is being kept in the garage or storage still needs regular upkeep. The last thing you want is for your motorcycle to be overtaken by rust or pests.
Therefore, you should continue to wash your motorcycle routinely. Perhaps even give it a good ol’ polish. And, when this is all said and done, you can happily flaunt your motorcycle’s gleaming paint job.
Do you have extra upgrades lying around that you never got a chance to install? Well, now you’ve got time to give your bike the makeover it deserves.
And, if your bike is in tip-top shape aesthetically, you can take care of some mechanical maintenance. If you have parts and fluids on hand for repairs you never managed to get to, now is a great time to complete those projects.
5. Look for a New Motorcycle
Now you have even more time to search for your dream bike!
If you would like a new motorcycle, but were negatively impacted financially by the COVID-19 health crisis, you can research different models and draft your proposed budget in advance. This way, you have something to look forward to when this is all over.
If you aren’t experiencing a financial setback, now may be the perfect time to start the motorcycle buying process. Many private sellers are currently listing motorcycles on ChopperExchange, so there are still plenty of models to choose from.
You can also support your favorite local dealership. Motorcycle dealerships are doing their due diligence by adhering to the CDC’s guidelines for businesses and finding creative ways to continue to service their customers.
For example, many dealerships currently offer virtual and one-on-one appointments. Many also have curbside dropoff and pickup for service appointments. And, orders for parts can be made via telephone.
6. List Your Motorcycle Online
Perhaps you have a motorcycle sitting in the garage that you haven’t had a chance to sell. Now may be the perfect time to list your motorcycle online. It’s as easy as snapping a few charming photos and writing a description.
If you are able to sell it, you could make a few thousand dollars or more, depending on how much your motorcycle is worth. And, who wouldn’ t like a little extra cash?!
You may be asking yourself, “But who would actually purchase a motorcycle right now?” The good news is not everyone is experiencing a financial setback.
In fact, on ChopperExchange, the amount of questions from interested buyers is currently above average for this time of year. This increase in buyer inquiries means there is a chance someone will purchase your bike.
7. Get Some Fresh Air
If you’re used to being out on the open road, you may feel confined spending your leisure time indoors. The perfect way to get some fresh air is to add some outdoor activities to your daily routine.
Being indoors keeps you from enjoying the many health benefits of riding a motorcycle. For example, riding allows you to soak up some much-needed vitamin D from the sun’s rays.
To make sure you’re getting your daily dose of vitamin D, take some time out of your day to go outside. You can eat your lunch on the patio or get into a good book on the porch. Just be sure to avoid overexposure, and don’t forget to wear your sunscreen.
You can also go outdoors to get some exercise. Did you know that riding a motorcycle increases your heart rate similar to a light workout? To maintain your overall health, try going for a jog around the block. Or, you could do your exercise routine in your backyard or at the local park, as most gyms are currently closed.
8. Get New Gear
You may not be able to ride as much as you’d like right now. But, you can keep your spirits high by having something to look forward to, like some brand-new motorcycle gear. Think of it as a little treat for yourself.
And, if it’s been a few years since you’ve bought protective gear, we recommend replacing it as soon as possible. This is because protective materials gradually degrade over time.
In fact, this deterioration is not always visible to the naked eye. So it’s safer to replace your gear every two to five years, even if you don’t notice any visible wear and tear.
When this is all said and done and it’s time to get back on the road, you’ll be safe and stylish.
9. Learn More About Motorcycles
You can take this time to expand your motorcycle knowledge. If you’re a Harley enthusiast, you may find joy in learning Harley-Davidson motorcycle history. If so, check out our blog posts on the history of Sportsters, Softails, Dynas and CVOs.
You can also watch YouTube videos to learn how to install upgrades and do repairs. Or, you can research the juicy details on unreleased models.
If you’ve been interested in building your own custom bike, you can search for tutorials online. And, motorcycle themed Pinterest boards are great sources of inspiration.
10. Make Future Plans
There are plenty of motorcycle events that will take place later this year. Hopefully, things resolve by then. Let’s be optimistic!
Rod Woodruff, President and CEO of Sturgis Buffalo Chip, recently announced that the 2020 Sturgis Motorcycle Rally is still on this summer. Woo hoo!
So, if you’re feeling down in the dumps, think of all the fun you’ll be having this summer.
You can plan a road trip or search for upcoming motorcycle events in your area. Start a group message with your friends to plan activities, map out dates, and search for hotels. This way, you’ll come back with a bang!
Stay positive out there! We hope that these activities will help make self distances a pleasant change versus a dreadful experience.
What have you been doing to keep busy? Let us know in the comments below!