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In this tip, Kyle Bradshaw (Manybikes) of Cruiser Customizing discusses some key items motorcyclists should think about before heading out on a long distance ride or to a motorcycle rally.
Presented here are accessories for making the miles more manageable, tools for unforeseen adventures, and items often sought after once riders arrive at their destinations.
Wind and Weather Protection: A Fairing or Windshield is the greatest way to protect yourself from the wind, the rain or all other outside elements. Some of the most popular fairings are made by Kuryakyn, AirMaster, Sportech, and Hoppe. When it comes to Windshileds, Memphis Shades and National Cycle are two of the Industry Leaders.
Seat Comfort: When thinking about racking up the miles, your rear end is often the most abused and often the most neglected part of your body. Mustang and Saddlemen motorcycle seats make great upgrades from stock seats and are carefully designed to help you go the distance.
Rear Luggage: In addition to motorcycle saddlebags, there are many other options available for sissybar or rear seat luggage The Saddlemen versa-mount system is one of the most functional and secure rear seat bags when a sissybar is not in use.
Sissybars or Passenger Backrests: If carrying a passenger, a motorcycle sissybar is a great way to ensure he or she remains safe and comfortable throughout the ride. Cobra, National Cycle, and Custom World International are three of the industry leaders when it comes to passenger backrests.
Motorcycle Specific Tool Kits and Tire Repair Kit are items you think you can do without... until the need arises. Treat yourself to a quality tool and tire repair kit so you are covered if an adventure arises.
Rain Suit or Wet Weather Gear: Most motorcyclists hope to ride in sunny beautiful weather all of the time... but then reality hits. Freak rain storms are always possible, and a quality rain suit is the best defense when it comes to staying dry and on the move.
Here are some items you may find beneficial once you arrive your destination.
Motorcycle Security: Locks, Alarms, Covers, Kickstand Disks
Keeping your bike fresh: Rags and Cleaners
Helmets: Full face helmets provide maximum protection and are always our recommendation. However, at many rallies, we have witnessed many riders wearing either novelty helmets, or no helmet at all. We are sure this is done in order to more fully partake of the rally... We suggest a DOT approved Half or Shorty Helmet if you choose to go the less protected route.
Before hitting the road, take some time to examine the accessories and tools you have, and make the necessary adjustments to ensure your ride will be safe and memorable!
Call 888-857-5417 to speak with a Motorcycle Rally Specialist or visit www.CruiserCustomizing.com for more information.
Thank you for watching this Cruiser Customizing Tip of the Week.
Until Next Week,
Take Care & Ride Safe!
Kyle Bradshaw aka: Manybikes