New Paths and Possibilities for Bikers in 2021
It’s finally time to bid farewell to one of the more tumultuous years in recent memory. While reflecting on this past year, it’s a good time to think about the possibilities that a new year holds and to create a new list of resolutions, hopes, and goals for moving forward. But as a biker, you’re not going to make just any new year’s resolution — you’re going to make a biker’s list of new year’s resolutions. Your list of goals and aspirations may look a little different from the standard list of resolutions, and that’s okay. Ruhnke’s Xtreme Cycles in Odessa has created this list of new year’s resolutions for bikers, and we hope it’s a good jumping-off point for you to create your own, unique list. Let us ride on then into 2021 with these resolutions to help you have a smooth ride this next year.
Resolution 1: Ride More
2020 was not a great year for travel. Between regional lockdowns and health safety concerns, there were periods of time where the travel of any kind, especially for leisure, was practically impossible. We all wish we could’ve ridden more, even just to escape the reality of a worldwide pandemic. For 2021, let’s make it an official resolution to ride more. Start with a realistic goal of riding once or twice a week. As it becomes more and more a part of your routine, you may be able to find the time in your schedule to bump it up to three or four times a week. These don’t need to be long rides, necessarily, but you should try to get out on your bike even for short outings here and there.
Resolution 2: Attend a Rally (Safely)
The biker community was split this year in regards to attending biker rallies, especially traditionally huge ones like Sturgis. Health concerns make it difficult for some riders, especially in older and more vulnerable groups, to justify these traditional biker gatherings. If you couldn’t go, it was a huge bummer, and if you did go, you may have been putting yourself at risk. Let’s just be honest — 2020’s biker rally scene sucked.
In 2021, as we’ve learned more about how to safely live life among a pandemic, make it a goal to find a way to safely attend a rally whenever they may be organized — if not Sturgis, a smaller, local rally. Part of the appeal of the biker lifestyle is the community that comes with it, and it was disappointing to have to put some of those plans on hold because of something that was beyond our control.
Resolution 3: Plan a Road Trip
Riding for a few hours here and there is always a good time, but most bikers would agree that there is simply nothing like experiencing a good, long, cross-country ride. If you have the budget to do so, make a plan to go on a long excursion this year. Make it a point to get out and see this beautiful country — the mountains, lakes, rivers, canyons, and oceans. We’ve spent the better part of a year cooped up at home — make a plan to get out there and experience the majesty of the open road at least once in 2021.
Resolution 4: Create an Inspection Routine
Routine maintenance on your motorcycle is incredibly important for staying safe while riding. If you’ve never actually done so, sit down with your owner’s manual and really get familiar with your motorcycle. If you come up with any questions about a part of your motorcycle or how it should be maintained, contact your trusted motorcycle mechanic and look for an answer. You can also take advantage of the vast online resources available for motorcycle maintenance, including video tutorials from mechanic professionals.
Resolution 5: Commit to Equipment Safety
Some people are more enthusiastic about equipment safety than others, but we care about our customers, and we want to do what we can to help them stay safe. Not all states have the same helmet laws, but regardless, you should value your own safety enough to embrace the helmet lifestyle. When you wear a helmet while riding, you’re not only being smart in protecting yourself, you’re communicating to other riders and drivers that you’re a responsible and experienced rider who takes safety seriously.
Resolution 6: Teach Someone to Ride
You probably have at least one friend who orbits your motorcycle community but hasn’t taken the leap to join in the fun. This year, reach out to that friend and invite them to explore the world of biking with you. Your friend or family member will feel valued because you took the time to share your passion with them and invite them to join in. Teaching someone to ride is a cool bonding experience, and they’re sure to find the same joy in the experience that you do. Who knows, you may get a new riding buddy out of the process!
Resolution 7: Learn to Keep It Clean
Cleaning your motorcycle is not the highlight of most rider’s day, but that doesn’t mean it’s not important. In 2021, develop the healthy habit of making cleaning your bike a part of your routine. Not only will your bike look stellar more often, keeping it clean means that it will run more smoothly for longer stretches of time. It’s a win-win!
Resolution 8: Enroll in a Safety Course
When was the last time you brushed up on your motorcycle safety? To get your motorcycle driver’s license, you had to study up and pass a test — but let’s be honest, for many of us, that may have been decades ago. It certainly can’t hurt to be brought up to speed on your state’s most current riding rules and regulations for bikers. There’s a secret bonus to taking a safety course as well — doing so can make you eligible for discounts with some insurance companies! We recommend contacting your insurance company to see if there are any benefits or discounts available to customers who take part in a safety program.
Let Ruhnke’s Be Your Biker’s Resolution Resource!
For whatever adventures await you in 2021, let Ruhnke’s Xtreme Cycles in Odessa be your motorcycle shop and parts resource. We have the equipment you need to live your motorcycle lifestyle the way you want to this next year. Visit us today to view our motorcycle inventory or to schedule motorcycle services. Here’s to a new year and new rides in 2021! Get out there, have a new adventure, and be sure to let us know about it by stopping in to see us soon!