6. Ride with New Riders
Focus on riding with more unknown adventure riders this year and also make that a lifetime resolution.
The easiest way is through rallies like the Touratech Rally West and local ride groups such as the hundreds on Facebook.
There will always be mismatched riders, but expect 90 percent of the unknown riders to offer much value.
I’ve met many new friends, and some of my closest friends, through riding with new groups.
Talk to other riders, and offer any value possible without sounding pompous. And witness a riding technique or bike accessories you like? Don’t be shy—simply ask You’ll be a much happier rider and may meet your next close friend.
Pro Tip: Start your own Facebook riders group, building it based on the exact style of riding you enjoy most (fast, leisurely, whatever). Not too much of a ride leader or planner? Ask another member of the group to take the lead. Like-minded riders attract and always have more fun riding together; social media simplifies the discovery of these types.
7. Get Fit and Ride More
Yeah, it may be impossible to discuss resolutions without mentioning fitness.
But it’s essential. For most riders, being fit doesn’t mean rock-hard abs and the ability to finish the New York City Marathon in record time.
For your ADV fit resolution, focus on:
- Endurance through cardio and muscle strength
- Healthy eating/drinking habits
Some of my simple favorites that have worked for over a decade are a stationary bike and trampoline (easy on the knees) for cardio, and a kettlebell for muscle training, along with various stretching and balance-building exercises.
I implement these into my daily lifestyle, such as trampolining for five minutes every two hours or using a modified stationary bike under my stand-up desk to get the heart pumping while working.
Pro Tip: When people think riding fitness, the balance may be the last on the list, if on the list at all.
Build your balance while doing everyday things, such as brushing your teeth or showering.
Stand on your leg while practicing the above daily hygiene regimes, alternating legs every 30 seconds or so. I do the same for stretching, such as putting my foot on the sink and stretching while drying. These little things become habits, and you won’t be bogged down by spending added chunks of time weekly performing these tasks.
The ultimate goal of this resolution is to ride more. And when you’re physically fit and ride more, your mental health will improve, helping you progress in other areas of life, from personal family happiness to building on your professional endeavors.
Adventure riding offers more than a getaway on a motorcycle.
These getaways positively affect the body and mind, like compounding interest in investments.
The problem with most resolutions is that they’re designed for ordinary people—aka, not motorcyclists like yourself.
These common resolutions end quickly for most. Ever compare the parking lot of your local fitness place the first week of January versus the first week of February?
Don’t be commonplace. Find resolutions that you can stick to for life, such as the simple ones above that focus on adventure motorcycle riders.
This riding niche got the “adventure” name for a good reason. Stick to these resolutions, and you’ll be a more capable and safer rider. Those traits will spill over into everyday life during those moments when you’re off the bike. Onwards to a healthy year of riding more.