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If you’re someone who only rides at weekends, you have probably daydreamed about giving up your car and going bike only. However, before you make the leap from four wheels to two, there are a few things you should consider…
You Will Need to Invest in New Gear
When you only ride at weekends you can pick and choose which weather conditions you wish to brave. However, once you have to rely on your bike to get you everywhere in every kind of weather, you are going to face all imaginable conditions, from baking hot sun to freezing cold rain. This means that you will probably need to invest in some new gear to help you cope. You can choose to buy multiple sets of gear, so you have a set of winter gear, summer gear and rain gear – although this could prove to be expensive. A cheaper option is to invest in smaller bits of kit to supplement your existing gear, such as a water-resistant over-suit for rainy conditions, and heated liners for cold weather
You Will Need Additional Storage Space
If your bike is your only means of transport, it is going to need some additional storage space. Not only will you want to carry spare tools, rain gear and bungee cords, you will probably also want some space for your grocery shopping. While investing in a backpack might seem like an easy solution, it is unlikely to have the capacity you need. If you do buy one that has sufficient room, it is likely that its size will make it uncomfortable to use, and wear. There are however a range of options when it comes to adding additional storage space. Racks will allow you to easily transport boxes, tank bags allow easy storage and access. Tail packs are another option that provide even more space.
It Won’t Always Be Exciting
When you first imagine living your life on two wheels, it is likely the image is one that involves a leather jacket, boots and a clear road that your bike can roar down towards the sunset and freedom. However, when you have to leave for work at 6am on a cold November morning to crawl through traffic on the M25 for the hundredth time, the chances are it won’t quite be as exciting! Sooner or later the novelty of going bike only is going to give way to reality. You will probably end up wearing some highly functional gear which doesn’t make you look very cool, and your bike will probably end up covered in bungee cords and saddle bags. While this isn’t very sexy, it will protect you and your stuff when you ride your bike day in and day out.
Ditching your car can be a great step to fully embracing the world of motorcycling. However, it is important that you are aware of what to expect. If any of the above doesn’t appeal to you, it may be best to keep your car for day-to-day use and to ride at the weekend.