You love your motorbike, there’s no denying that. But sometimes, especially when the weather is cold or raining heavily or you have a lot of things to carry around with you, you might wonder if getting a car would be better. Of course, we think cars are wonderful, but if you do love your bike, then swapping it for a car might not be the best option; you don’t want to have any regrets.
What you can do, however, is turn your motorcycle into a car. You can’t do this literally, of course, but you can, with a bit of imagination and some readily available extras, make your bike ride a much more comfortable one – almost as if you are sitting in a car. Read on to find out more.
Fuel Tank Cover
A fuel tank cover like the fantastic premium Bagster tank bags can protect the fuel tank on your motorbike from scratches and scrapes that can so easily occur when you are riding. Often these scratches come from buckles, belts, and zips, but they can also come from many other outside elements, including when the weather is at its worst.
Your car isn’t going to have this kind of damage, but your motorcycle can suffer terribly because of it. Adding a tank bag for protection means your bike can look as stylish as a car at any time. Plus, you won’t have to pay out so much in repairs or fixes.
One of the things that motorcycle riders complain about the most is the cold. Car drivers can choose a comfortable temperature for the cabin, and in some cases, they can even heat their seats and steering wheel. It doesn’t matter what temperature it is outside, they can still be comfortable inside.
This is not the case for bike riders who are at the mercy of the weather at all times, and when it’s cold, they may not even be able to ride at all due to lack of grip. However, by installing heated grips, this problem is solved. Grip warmers ensure that the grips on your handlebars are heated, allowing you to have a much more comfortable ride. They might not heat all of you, but at least your fingers won’t be painfully cold. If you want to go further, you can also install heated seat pads.
Once, it wasn’t possible to have GPS on a motorbike; it was solely for car users. That means that a bike rider would have to try to memorise their directions, which wasn’t always easy. Thankfully, technology has moved in significantly, and now it is possible to have GPS on a bike.
Not only can a specially designed motorcycle GPS connect to your helmet via Bluetooth and give you all the directions you need, but it will also give you traffic updates, warn you of hazards, and give you your estimated arrival time. It makes it easy to find any new places you might need to go, so you can take your bike out much more and have some incredible adventures.
Something that all motorcyclists want is to be seen when they are on the road. As much fun as motorcycles are, they can be dangerous, and it’s often because car drivers simply don’t see them. To make yourself more visible, as visible as a car, for example, buying auxiliary lights for your bike is a great idea. Buying powerful (although still legal – too bright, and you might have to remove them) lights for your bike means that not only can you see the road better, but other road users can see you too. Plus, when you’re installing your own headlight, you can make sure it aims at a place that will be of use to you – ahead of you on the road, rather than up at the sky or where your wheels are, neither of which is helpful.
It might not be the coolest thing in the world, but if you want to ride your motorbike and you have a load of shopping or bags or anything else to cart around with you, then a trailer designed to attach to a bike might be the best option. That way, you can store everything safely, transport it to where it needs to be, and be safe while you’re doing it. Even if you have nothing else to put into it, using it to store your helmet and gloves when you reach your destination – with a lock on it, of course – is perfect; you no longer have to carry these bulky items around with you.
Bike riders tend to travel light out of necessity, but with a trailer, you no longer have to – you can transport almost (although not quite) as much as a car could.