Riding season is upon us and if you’re anything like me you probably already have a long list of things you want to do on your bike. But if I may be so bold, I’d like to suggest a few more.

Work On Your Bike

This may seem a bit daunting to some but not only is it super gratifying to be able to upgrade and service your machine, you also get the benefit of personalizing your bike to fit you. You don’t need a giant toolbox full of tools or a lift. If you have a basic set of hand tools you can get started. If you are brand new to working on your bike, start small, swap out your seat, add a windscreen or change your oil. If you are a more experienced mechanic, take on a new challenge, upgrade your suspension, or put that cam in your bike you’ve been eyeballing. If you are a bit apprehensive or need some pointers, check out our YouTube channel, where we have a long list of Weekend Wrenching videos that cover everything from grip installs and oil changes to complete motor rebuilds.

Take That Trip

If you haven’t traveled much on your motorcycle, you are really missing out. It is without a doubt my favorite way to see the country and I highly recommend camping for at least part of your trip. If you are a total novice when it comes to motorcycle travel, give yourself attainable goals. Take a long weekend trip in your area, find a campsite within a few hours of home, ride out, set up camp and explore the area. If you have some experience traveling on your bike, then step up your game a bit. Take that longer trip you’ve been thinking about. If you have had a moto-adventure in the back of your mind for a while, stop procrastinating and make this the year it happens. Start planning now, hit up your riding buddies to maybe get a group together and have that adventure.

Go to a Racetrack

I'm not saying you have to go out and become a racer, but I do think getting on a racetrack is both a fun and valuable experience. And it doesn't really matter what kind of track. , It's probably going to come down to what type of track is close to you and what kind of riding you like to do. It could be road racing, flat track or an off road course of some sort. Take a class, if you can. The skills you will learn will be extremely valuable to you in street riding scenarios. It's not even about being fast, it's about having the experience and developing new skills. And if you're anything like me you will probably get hooked and end up building a race bike.

Go to a Motorcycle Museum

Motorcycle museums are a great way to learn not just about the history of motorcycles, but also to introduce yourself to other segments of motorcycling you aren’t familiar with or even knew existed. Motorcycle museums are scattered all across the country and generally have reasonable admission costs. And from my experience most of them are quite different from their counterparts, so just because you visit one doesn’t mean you shouldn’t visit the others, because the exhibits vary widely from place to place. Every time I visit a motorcycle museum I come away with some newfound knowledge I didn’t have before I walked in.

Introduce Someone To Motorcycles

Riding is something most of us take for granted. But if you think back on when you first got started in motorcycling, it could be an intimidating situation. If you know someone who is interested in getting a motorcycle, reach out to them, chew the fat about motorcycles in general. Chances are they have some basic questions you can answer to help them along the way. If you know a new rider who is just starting out, invite them out for a ride, show them your favorite spots, and just have a hang. Riding with another rider can ease some of the tension of being new and out on the road as a new motorcyclist. Share your experiences both good and bad so they can possibly avoid some of the mistakes you made when you were new to bikes. Before you know it you may have a new riding buddy,

Clock’s ticking, summer is off and running and will be over before you know it so get cracking. I guarantee that if you manage to knock a couple of these off the list it will not only make you a better motorcyclist but you're going to have a great time and probably learn something new. And if you have done some of these before, do them again. You already know you're going to have a good time.