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Putting Passion back in the Saddle of Your Motorcycle. Ten Ideas.

I'd dare to say that no matter how long you've ridden - whether it's just one year or since cavemen invented the wheel - everybody has been, or will be, bored with riding a motorcycle.

Recently I was having lunch with a long time riding buddy and out of the blue he mentioned that he was thinking about selling his motorcycle. My natural response was - "and get what to replace it?" I was surprised when he told me he was bored with motorcycling and just wanted to sell the bike.

I know, I know. This could never happen to you - you're a genuine hard *** biker. You ride uphill both ways, on gravel roads, in the snow, wearing only a t-shirt and underwear and love every friggin' second of it. You'd never get bored with motorcycling.

Well, here's the deal, its human nature to get into ruts. Do something long enough and you get comfortable with consistency. It's why most people work at the same job for 30 years yet dread going to work each day. It's what happened to my friend. He was in a rut.

He rode the same roads every time he got on his motorcycle. He did the same weekend trips. He stopped at the same places every time. He wasn't bored with motorcycling, he was bored with his routine.

That conversation with my friend was what inspired me to create this list - hopefully if you're surfing out there on the web you'll find this and it will stir your "motorcycle soul" a bit. Maybe even break you out of your routines.

I got into motorcycling for the sense of adventure, the freedom it provides - basically, so I'd never get into a rut. I'm hoping you don't either.

  • 1.Plan a motorcycle trip that lasts longer than three days. Don't pick a destination, just pick a direction.
  • 2.Trade motorcycles with a friend for a day - or even better trade yours in for a new one! (Bonus Points: Are you a cruiser, try a dual sport. Are you a sportbiker, try a cruiser. Classic bike guy, eh? Test ride a brand new one.
  • 3.Pick a route from (blatant plug!!) that you haven't done before and do it by the end of next month.
  • 4.Start bringing a camera with you whenever you ride. It's amazing how much photography forces you to see when you are on a motorcycle ride.
  • 5.Play a game. Randomly pick a distance and then ride that distance by the end of the day without doing any roads you've ridden before. (this is a lot of fun to do with groups)
  • 6.Join a riding club/attend a rally.
  • 7.Start tracking all the roads you've ridden - buy a GPS to add some "new gadget" fun to the process.
  • 8.Get your spouse or friend interested in riding - their excitement will rub off on you (plus you'll get a new motorcycle buddy for rides)
  • 9.Travel by motorcycle and camp, don't stay in hotels. No one's "too old" to camp.
  • 10.Splurge and do one of those guided motorcycle tours at a place you've never been. (You'll get to ride a new bike AND try somewhere new!)

P.S. Got something to add, add it - this list is by no means complete!


chiefwo says:

I agree 110% with #1....many of my friends call themselves "bikers" but hard ride any distance at all. Get off your butt, clean up the bike and hit the road. Screw camping...been there done that...If I am going to be on the road for 500 miles I want a nice bed, shower...
Sun Mar 12, 2017 at 5:04 PM

wcato3 says:

Thanks Chico for you service. You know what freedom really is and why we have it.
Sat Mar 31, 2012 at 10:26 AM

Raza51 says:

I wanted to visit the Wall in DC but I couldn't go on a "metric" bike, so when I bought my Harley I went, did the parade, paid my respects to my buddies, cried and was now ready to see what all my brothers had fought for. I have never regretted it and will not stop until I can't ride no more. To my brothers out there " Welcome Home"...The passion continues....
Nam 72
Thu Mar 11, 2010 at 4:09 PM

Evros says:

17. If you have the means, get an OFF-ROAD motorcycle and do some trail-riding. It will add DIMMENSIONS to your riding experience and make you a much better rider all around. Furthermore, going up or down trails which you DO NOT KNOW where they lead to is alot more daunting than riding on a road which is on a MAP, just don't get lost or else it will be TOO interesting ;) (although it does makes for GREAT stories with your buddies!)..........then when you get on your road bike you will feel renewed as well.

Personally, I have one each of 3 types of bikes:

1. Dualsport -Yamaha XT 600
2. Off-road- Honda XR 600R
3. Road- Harley Davidson Superglide

Never been bored riding in my entire life, I'm 43 and been riding since I was 12. This is my formula------------->

Different bikes/different trails/different way you're going to get bored doing this.
Mon Aug 4, 2008 at 8:24 AM

tjolley2000 says:

16. Buy some new parts for your bike... and put them on yourself. (You HD guys know what I am talking about)
Fri May 16, 2008 at 12:25 PM

sierrajc says:

15. Ride on dirt/ off road/ no roads on not necessarily an off road motorcycle. lets you rediscover motorcycles and your limits
Sat Feb 23, 2008 at 9:52 PM

gizmo says:

14. Do something that's outside of your comfort zone. Expand your horizons a little bit. Maybe you should ride in the rain, ride all night, ride across North Dakota, try an Iron Butt ride, go somewhere your wife would enjoy, etc......
Tue Feb 5, 2008 at 10:39 AM

felon says:

12. Normally ride solo, ride with a group, or reverse.
13. Do a "Mystery Trip". Get someone in your group to arrange an overnight trip, destination only known by the organizer. We do one a year. It's a blast!!
Tue Sep 25, 2007 at 7:23 AM

ST1100 says:

11. Fly and Ride, Pick a spot you have not ridden and fly in and rent a motorcycle for the weekend. (My riding buddy and I did this a couple of times now we are hooked on touring)

4a. Photos mean you can share the fun.
Sat Jul 28, 2007 at 9:06 AM

shikverg says:

Thu Jul 12, 2007 at 7:45 PM

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