Make it a great 2011 and include one of our resolutions in your list.
1. Get some more motorcycle training
That could mean following up your free motorcycle tryout session with a CBT or a full motorcycle licence, but even if you’ve passed your motorbike test you can still improve your skills. How about a BikeSafe day, one of IAM’s training schemes, or ERS (Enhanced Rider Scheme) training? Get more out of your riding (and spend less on insurance too).
2. Try something new
Never been to watch motorcycle racing? Never ridden off road? Never taken part in a rally or sponsored ride? Make this the year you see motorcycling in a new light.
3. Keep your motorbike or scooter well maintained
We’re not suggesting you take a spanner to your brand new ride – some things are best left to the experts. But you should be doing your own basic checks, from tyres to tail lights. Simple motorcycle maintenance isn’t difficult, and it’ll save you money in the long run.
4. Do something for charity
For example, take part in a sponsored ride or a toy run. Motorcyclists do a lot for good causes and local communities, so join in, have some fun, and feel good about making a difference. Check out our Events page for what’s happening near you. Dressing up as Santa is entirely optional.
5. Upgrade your motorbike kit
It’s easy to make do with the minimum kit – a decent helmet, gloves and boots and a sturdy jacket. But there are as many reasons to invest in new gear as there are types of gear. New textile jacket that’s armoured AND waterproof, perhaps? A flip-front helmet for city riding? Protective trousers that look like jeans? Or a heated vest for chilly mornings? Go on, hit the sales....
6. Swap the bike for the car more often
When it’s cold and damp, the car seems more appealing, we know. But think how much quicker you’ll get to work or college by slipping through the traffic instead of sitting in a jam. Think of doing your bit to ease congestion and exhaust emissions. Take a look at the price of petrol (going up in the new year). And remember how much you were smiling last time you rode instead of driving? Leave the car at home today.
7. Make new friends
Riders are a friendly bunch, so it’s not difficult to meet new people when you’re on two wheels. Doing training or a shared activity is a great way to get to know your fellow riders, or check out your local clubs. From groups for fans of a particular make of scooter or bike, to trail riding or social clubs, there are all sorts on offer.
8. Keep your motorcycle clean
Not very glamorous, we know, but regularly cleaning your scooter or motorbike protects it from corrosion. Modern motorcycle cleaning products make cutting through the grease and dead flies easy. And we know you want to look good as you pull up at the traffic lights.
9. Have a two wheeled adventure
A motorbike or scooter is brilliant for cheap commuting, but it can mean much more. Even the smallest two-wheeler can take you on a day trip or weekend away. Riding on the back roads is more fun than motorways and you’ll discover new places on the way. If you’re riding a bigger motorbike, get across the Channel and start exploring. Or you could fly somewhere exotic and hire a motorbike to ride Route 66 or the Himalayas. Don’t forget to blog about your trip for the Get On community!
10. Share the fun of motorcycling
As a rider, you’re the best advert for the benefits of life on two wheels. Now it’s easy to introduce a friend to motorcycling, thanks to Get On and the free one hour motorcycle tryout session. Just get your friend to enter their details on the left and a carefully selected, qualified local instructor will be in touch soon to book their Free Ride.