Whether your goal for 2017 was to hit the gym more often, eat healthier or quit a bad habit, odds are you’ve already dropped the ball on your New Year’s resolution. It happens to the best of us, but it doesn’t mean you need to wait until next year to make a change. With Ohio’s riding season still a few months away, now is the perfect time to take a long, hard look at your riding habits and decide what you want to improve on or do in the coming year.
5 Resolutions for Motorcyclists in 2017
1. Put your safety first.
We know the endless safety tips and warnings get old, but a single lapse in judgment on your motorcycle could send you to the hospital or worse. Make it your goal to reduce your risk factors and leave behind any bad advice you’ve picked up over the course of your riding career. It goes without saying that you should never ride without a helmet or operate any type of vehicle under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Make a pact with your riding buddies to hold each other accountable and keep the roads safe.
2. Learn a new skill.
Motorcyclists of any experience level can benefit from taking a riding course. This is especially true if you live in a place where winter weather keeps you off the road for half of the year. Ohio Department of Public Safety’s Motorcycle Ohio offers options for everyone from beginners to those with advanced skills. Some insurance companies and manufacturers will even cut you a deal for taking the time to brush up on your skills. Already registered for a riding course? Learn how to tackle common mechanical issues, or test your DIY skills with one of these projects.
3. Get out more often.
In many parts of the country, riding season is limited to just a handful of months. Dedicate yourself to making the most of this valuable time. Try commuting to work on your bike, and carve out time every weekend to hit the road for an hour or two. Convince a loved one to give riding a try or find some new riding buddies to give you another excuse to get out on your bike.
4. Ride somewhere new.
Always dreamed of taking off on a cross-country ride? This is your year to make it happen. Only have time for a weekend adventure? Check out a popular destination closer to home. Even if you can’t leave your state or city, there are bound to be many roads you’ve left untraveled. Take a new route to your go-to hangout, or ask a friend for suggestions. Who knows? You might just find a hidden gem or your new favorite place to ride.
5. Support a cause.
Whether you’re passionate about helping children or supporting America’s heroes, there are endless ways you can give back to your community while you ride. Get your crew together and sign up for an upcoming charity ride or poker run in your area, or organize your own event to benefit a cause that’s close to your heart.
When it comes to your riding habits, what do you want to do differently this year? Tell us about your New Year’s resolutions for 2017!