Coronavirus has impacted pretty much all aspects of our lives and that definitely includes motorcycling. Many of us across the country have been encouraged to stay inside and to only go out for essentials, which means limited riding time. While this is a bummer – we totally understand the precautions. But that still leaves room for getting a little stir crazy on occasion. Lucky for you, there are plenty of motorcycle-related activities to do that don’t require leaving your house. We’ve highlighted a few of our favorites below.
Take a Virtual Motorcycle Museum Tour
- Harley-Davidson Museum – Can’t take a trip to Milwaukee? No worries – Google has you covered. The Harley Davidson Museum is home to an amazing collection of motorcycles and you can check them out all while sitting at home. Pretty awesome, right? Just drag your mouse through the museum where you’ll find a 130,000-square-foot facility that encompasses a three-building complex that takes up 20 acres of land – no walking required. The museum has over 450 Harley-Davidson motorcycles and hundreds of thousands of artifacts and memorabilia spanning the lifetime of the iconic brand we know and love today.
- Ducati Museum – The Ducati museum has closed due to corona virus in Italy, but that doesn’t mean you can’t access it virtually. Your tour will encompass 90 years of Ducati’s past, present, and future all at the click of a button. You’ll see the classics like the original Scrambler and Monster lining the halls and you can even experience the racing history of the motorcycle manufacturer.
- Honda Collection Hall – If you like both cars and motorcycles, this museum tour might be your virtual heaven. The museum has 300 total exhibits including 209 motorcycles and 65 automobiles. You’ll be able to see the first ever motorcycle created by Honda in 1948 as well as race bikes, cubs, and more.
Dive Into Some Motorcycle Books
- Jupiter’s Travels: Four Years Around the World on a Triumph by Ted Simon – This selection might be older, but it’s definitely one of our favorites. This biographical book highlights the experiences of Ted Simon as he rode his 500cc Triumph Tiger 100 Triumph around the world in the 1970s – which was virtually unheard of at the time. Ted cruised 78,000 miles, across 45 countries and his book is an inspiring tale of adventure. We think this book should be on everyone’s “bucket list” reads.
- Discovering the Motorcycle: The History. The Culture. The Machines. By Armand Ensanian – If you’re into the history of motorcycling, or want to learn more about it, then this is the book for you. Armand Ensanian spent 5 years of his life researching and photographing the history of motorcycling from 1867 to the present. This book covers everything from vintage classics, to choppers and bobbers to motorcycle racing and museums. If you can dream it, this book has it. The visuals are also very impressive with more than 1,000 photographs and illustrations. Any rider could appreciate this book – give it a shot.
- Proficient Motorcycling: The Ultimate Guide to Riding Well by David L. Hough – This best selling book is a must have for all riders regardless of experience level. It serves as a guide to sharpen handling skills, improve rides, and shows you first hand how to handle the unexpected on the road. We aren’t kidding when we say that just about every imaginable topic is in this book. From mechanics to selecting the right-sized bike, and basic riding skills to night riding, group outings, and advanced survival tactics – it’s got it all and should be added to your library.
Listen to Motorcycle Podcasts
If you’re working in the garage or just hanging out around the house, podcasts are a great way to spend time learning more about something you enjoy, including motorcycles. There are a bunch of motorcycle podcasts out there and we love them so much that we created a whole blog dedicated to some of our favorites. Click here to dive deeper into all things motorcycle podcasts, but a few of our top favorites are:
- Motorcycles & Misfits – Motorcycles & Misfits is presented by Re-Cycle Garage in Santa Cruz whose mission is to get old motorcycles back on the road and teach people how to fix them. Their podcast has been on the airwaves since 2013 and has a rotating cast of characters sharing stories, knowledge, and experiences all related to motorcycles.
- Adventure Rider Radio – The Adventure Rider Radio is a podcast dedicated to telling interesting motorcycle stories, providing helpful tips on travel, tech, and more. Guests frequent the show and the podcast is the most popular adventure motorcycle podcast in the world. It’ll definitely encourage you to get out there.
- Law Abiding Biker – The Law Abiding Biker podcast is the no. 1 listened to motorcycle podcasts in the world and is a one-stop shop for all things motorcycling. You’ll hear motorcycle news, reviews, information on motorcycle clubs, laws, ride reviews, and tons more.
Get Your Bike Ready for Riding Season
At this point, we’re not really sure when riding season will be upon us, but it’s important to prep your bike for when that day comes. Even if you’re running essential errands around town, you want to make sure your bike is in top shape especially if it’s been in storage during the colder months. Check out our blog on Getting Your Bike Ready For Riding Season to get your ride ready to roll – and most of them you can do completely at home.
Plan for Your Next Motorcycle Trip
And if you need help with what to pack on your next trip, check out our blog on Packing Tips for Long Rides.
Browse for a New Bike
Alright this might be a not so shameless plug, but if you’re bored at home why not browse for bikes online? No commitment required. Are you looking for a new ride sometime in the future? Now is the perfect time to look and research all the things you want in your new bike. You’ve got plenty of time on your hands so check out cycletrader.com to browse hundreds of thousands of bikes for sale. When you are ready to buy, it’s great to know what your options are right off the bat. Just something to keep in mind.
We get that it’s not ideal to be cooped up inside all day, but these activities should keep you occupied until you can hit the pavement again. We hope you are staying safe, and in the meantime, let us know what you are doing to pass the time until it’s time to ride again in the comments below.