Motorcycle Touring Clubs

Motorcycle riders have a pretty checkered past when it comes to public opinion. Those who choose to ride two wheels instead of four have long been thought of as rebels at best and a danger to society at worst. When riders gather into a group, the emotions of uninformed observers can sometimes turn to fear and apprehension. From their perspective, they may view practically any grouping of bikers as a motorcycle gang, ready to whip out chains and drive unsuspecting motorists off the road.

OK, so gangs still do exist here and there, and there are some spots best avoided. However, there are hundreds of motorcycle touring clubs that exist for nothing more than to bring together riders who love the countryside. Motorcycle touring clubs provide a way for people who share a passion and love for open road biking to get together. They may join together for day rides or longer trips. Or they might meet up to share tools and turn a few wrenches together.

If you have the chance to hook up with a local motorcycle club, don’t hesitate. You’ll gain access to a huge body of knowledge as soon as you join. Many club members have quite a few miles behind them and just love to share their experiences. Wondering which brand of tires to buy? Looking for that perfect accessory to make your ride better? These handlebar experts will tell you what they know and you’ll both have fun in the process. It’s a great way to avoid the hard work of having to learn everything for yourself. Club members have already had their share of successes and failures. When you take advantage of their experiences, you can avoid those wrong turns that may take you down the wrong road.

True motorcycle touring clubs are welcoming groups of bikers who have fun and safety as the top goals for their members. Don’t avoid these groups because of the old stigma attached to motorcycle gangs.

Where the Rubber Meets the Road - Touring Tires

motorcycle touring tiresThere isn’t much about a motorcycle that will affect the feel and handling as much as the tires. Don’t skimp on quality, because it will show up in a shorter life and a rougher ride. Running the proper air pressure is another huge factor in ride comfort and handling. To find the best brands, pay attention to some of the brands used in competition. Buy your new tires on reputation and specs, not on price.

Tires are the only thing between your bike and the road. Not only will they transmit the bumps and irregularities from the road to your body, they also make the difference between effortless touring and attention-demanding driving. Look, if you wanted to concentrate that much on handling your bike, you could spend your time jumping around the dirt tracks. As it is with most pieces of motorcycle touring equipment, the best riding and best performing tires will probably not be the least expensive. But there is another factor in the ride comfort: air pressure.

The amount of air pressure you maintain in your tires impacts your ride in different ways. If your tires are dangerously low on air, they may begin to heat up and eventually blow out (seems backwards, doesn’t it). Keeping your tires properly inflated will also make a big difference in how long they last. Too much or too little will stress the tires and greatly shorten their effective life.

Which brand should you choose for your touring bike? You may opt to stay with the brand and model originally installed at the factory. Or you could decide to upgrade in performance, looks or longevity. Take a look at which brands rise to the top in competition. Ask everyone you meet that rides a touring bike. You may get lots of different opinions, but usually a consensus emerges.

Even after you make the choice, check with your tire dealer to see if there’s a time period or mileage window within which you can return the tires for a refund or exchange. Because once all the opinions are gathered and the research is complete, it still comes down to how they feel on your bike when you are riding it the places you like to ride.

Motorcycle Touring Gloves - Style, Protection or Stylish Protection?

When you talk to most riders, it’s a toss-up as to whether gloves are safety equipment or stylish accessories. Obviously it doesn’t have to be either-or. Gloves provide protection for your hands in case of a spill. They also help you maintain better control of the bike. But they are also an accessory that you can match to the personality of you and your bike.

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Make Your Ride Comfortable from the Bottom Up

Here’s what every would-be motorcycle touring enthusiast should know about touring seats. Getting the proper seat makes all the difference in comfort over long trips. There is a variety of stuffing materials designed to increase comfort. Having a comfortable backrest is crucial to complete the comfort engineering of your motorcycle touring seat. As we take a quick look at these topics, you can just sit down, lean back and enjoy the ride.

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Personalize your Ride with Motorcycle Touring Accessories

If you want to customize your touring bike with accessories, here’s what you need to know. You will have no trouble finding practically any accessory you need. Some of the most popular accessories make your ride look more personalized, more noticeable to those who see it. You can find motorcycle touring accessories at your bike’s manufacturer or in the accessory aftermarket.

Finding motorcycle touring accessories is not the problem. There is a wide range of accessories available; many of them you might never have heard of. They include items designed to enhance safety, pack more gear, increasing comfort, and customizing the look of your bike. You’ll probably have several accessories in mind that you will want to purchase right away. But you might have to take a few trips of your own to decide whether or not you will need some items.

When it comes to customizing the look of your ride, you won’t have to take any trips at all. Just look at your bike parked outside your door and figure out what it might take to look even more like “your” bike. Decals are a hot accessory for customizing that won’t cost you very much at all. Almost anything goes with decals, from subtle designs to over-the-top flames. Decals are a great way to help your touring bike stand out from the crowd; a perfect way for you and your bike to get noticed.

You can buy accessories to customize your touring bike from two different sources. The first is the company that manufactured your bike. Harley-Davidson and Triumph are two manufacturers known for their extensive catalog of “official” accessories. Of course there will be lots of chrome for an eye-catching new look, as well as functional items that make the long-haul easier. The other source of accessories is the motorcycle aftermarket, which refers to companies that sell stuff for your bike other than the manufacturer. You’ll find these accessories in motorcycle shops and with online vendors.