Remember how exciting it was when you started riding a motorcycle – and following that, when you bought your first bike? You felt life could not be better – you’re on top of the world with this newly discovered passion! You’d get butterflies in your stomach and your heart would beat a little faster just at the mere thought of sharing time with your “sweet” motorcycle. The two of you attached in adventure, exploration, freedom and the most exhilarating sensation the “motorcycle honeymoon phase”. But then it plateaued. What now? What happens when the motorcycle honeymoon ends?
In the honeymoon phase all is fresh and new. Inescapably you will hit an eventual pleasure plateau. Motorcycling, perhaps comparable to life – your career, personal relationships all level off. When the honeymoon’s over you’ll feel as though you’ve “been there done that”; as you ready to ride you’ll find yourself saying – where to now?
When I started riding, it was the same – you couldn’t remove from the seat of my bike. I’d find any excuse to be on my motorcycle. During the week I’d hurry home after work, skip dinner just to get a few hours of riding in before nightfall. It didn’t matter where I went as long as I was riding; the quality of the ride or its distance was irrelevant.
But then it changed. I started to weigh out the trouble of getting into my motorcycle gear and getting the motorcycle out of the garage to the quality, time and distance of the ride. The rides became predictable. So, I decided to start exploring other areas of motorcycling. I became an instructor, took mechanics courses and even left the country and relocated to a tropical Caribbean Island just so I could ride all year-long!
Motorcycling has given me now over 25 years of intimate, indescribable sporting adventure. My motoring desires have taken me to many different plateaus! Using my example, you’ve likely figured out the solution to keeping that riding flame of passion going – work on the intimacy of the relationship. Get closer to motorcycling
It’s up to you as to what limits or extent you’ll explore. Here are some suggestions to get you going! (Random order)
- Trade in your motorcycle for a larger size (cc) engine; the next size up.
- Change the style of riding i.e. cruiser to sport-bike or sport-bike to sport touring.
- Take a motorcycle mechanics course.
- Practise doing your own general maintenance; start with an oil change or understand your braking system by doing your own brake fluid refresh.
- Take an off-road course.
- Enroll in a track day-learn circuit riding.
- Start racing or some form of motorcycle competition.
- Take part in a local or other country rally.
- Try to beat a record i.e. Iron Butt contests.
- Start a motorcycle club or charity ride.
- Travel to a challenging destination i.e. Austrian Alps
- Ride with new friends – join a new club.
- Become a motorcycle instructor.
- Take a month off and go for a four-week motorcycle tour.
- Take an all-inclusive European motorcycle tour (Edelweiss tours).
- Modify/customize your motorcycle.
- Get a custom paint job for your motorcycle.
- Move to a climate where you can ride all year.
- Diversify your style of riding increase your inventory. Add an off-road motorcycle or a scooter to your collection.
Once you move through these plateau’s and continue to expand your motorcycling portfolio so to speak, you’ll be increasing skills and knowledge which will result in an expanded intimacy for the activity!
And I can say, the only worry I have in my life of going forward in motorcycling is the inevitable aging – and it’s accompanying physical limitations. Though I’ve still many years ahead (counting my blessings!) it is unlikely I’ll surrender gracefully. And even then, there will always be trikes, ATV riding, and motorcycle side-cars to explore!
The romance may never last, but the intimacy never ends!