If you happen to be the proud owner of a motorcycle, you probably want to ride it for as long as possible without feeling cramped and uncomfortable. This is a common barrier for riders. After all, your body can only handle so much before it starts giving you issues that you simply cannot ignore, like lower back pain and sore joints. These health problems often cause you to head home earlier than you planned. Fortunately, American Harley-Davidson® has rounded up some great tips for making your ride more comfortable so you can enjoy the open road longer.
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When you operate a car, cruise control is a feature that definitely comes in handy on long rides. All you have to do is engage it and your limbs will receive a much-needed break. This feature can be just as beneficial on your motorcycle. It’s difficult for any part of your body to remain in the same position for an extended period of time. Cruise control offers the break you need without having to compromise your ability to safely ride. This could even result in you needing fewer breaks!
Unfortunately, the cruise control feature isn’t as common on bikes as it is on cars. It tends to come as a standard feature on touring models, so you do have hope of finding a motorcycle that comes with it. However, if you already own one, you’ll need to find another approach that’ll give you cruise control ability.
Seat Pad Material
The standard seat on your bike might have been the cheapest one for the manufacturer to install, but that doesn’t mean it’s the best one for you to use. Luckily, there are plenty of other options to choose from that will make sitting down for a long period of time much easier.
Some seating options are inflatable cushions while others are made from polymer cushioning, which utilizes the same materials as hospital beds to prevent bed sores from forming. Other seating options use comfy materials, like sheepskin covers. With all of these options, it won’t be too challenging to find a more comfortable seating solution for your motorcycle.
Another way to make your ride more comfortable is with a windshield. The constant beating of the wind against your body will inevitably lead to wind fatigue. When you install a windshield, you’ll help boost your overall endurance. It will also help block other discomforts, like snow, rain, bugs, debris, and so on. You’ll be able to choose between a permanent windshield or one that’s removable.
It’s no secret that riding a motorcycle is a physically demanding activity, similar to a workout. This means you’ll need to stay hydrated throughout the process. Dehydration can quickly ruin a ride, with side effects ranging from feeling thirsty to coming down with a headache. No one wants to pull over and remove their gloves and helmet just to take a sip of water. When you invest in a hands-free hydration pack, it’ll be much more convenient for you to stay hydrated during your ride without having to slow down.
Breaks & Stretches
Your bike might be built to go for hours on end, but your body isn’t. You’ll need to take ample breaks to avoid fatigue and soreness. You can take the risk and wait until you feel exhausted, but you’ll end up needing to take more time to recover when you go this route. Preventative breaks prevent you from facing these uncomfortable situations and enable you to ride longer.
Another factor to keep in mind is stretching. You certainly wouldn’t hit the gym and start an intense workout without a bit of stretching. The same concept applies to motorcycle riding. Make a point to stretch every muscle group you’ll be using on the road, like your legs, arms, neck, core, and shoulders. This helps cut down on the soreness that can set in during the middle of your ride.
You’re ready to hit the road! For more tips, contact American Harley-Davidson® in North Tonawanda, NY. If you’re in need of parts or repairs before your next ride, visit our dealership for assistance.