If you live in the UK, you will no doubt have noticed the sudden spike in big bike numbers on the roads that starts in April and runs through to the end of the British summer. There are many reasons why people prefer to switch to two wheels when the sun comes out and here are just a few.
- Touring on a Big Bike – For many, this is the ultimate adventure; a long Bank Holiday weekend is the time to load up the bike with all your camping gear and take your partner to one of the amazing regions we have here in the British Isles. When combined with camping, big bike touring is very affordable as a holiday, plus you decide where you go and how long you stay. If you are into motorcycle or car racing, there is the British Grand Prix for F1 and the UK leg of the MotoGP season, which are fantastic events to witness. Music concerts are another popular venue for big bike tourers, or you could head for a quiet country cottage in North Wales to spend a few days away from it all.
- Getting a Big Bike – Of course, you have to learn to walk before you run and, in the UK, a full car driving licence allows you to ride a motorcycle not larger than 125cc. After a couple of years, you can upgrade to the Class A2 licence and then onto the A licence that allows you to ride bikes of all sizes. Check out the great selection on new and used bikes at Wheels Honda, a leading UK dealership with the best deals.
- Planning your Expeditions – While some people prefer to just load up and head off into the sunrise, you can use the Internet to plan your excursions, booking overnight accommodation or campsite space, plus you can research the many great places to visit in the UK. Once you have pitched your tent, you are free to check out the local attractions on your bike and whatever time you return, the campsite will be open. Click here for tips on how to make your life more exciting.
- Protective Gear – Aside from the initial cost of your big bike, you will have to invest in good protective gear, which includes a top-quality full-face helmet and a set of leathers. Your skin would obviously lose if it comes into contact with the tarmac and the aim is to provide as much protection as possible, which is why you should invest in leather trousers and a good leather jacket. Good quality motorcycle gloves will allow for fine finger control and hiking or motorcycle boots offer essential ankle support. If you’re summer riding, the cold should not be an issue, however, you will need a lightweight rain suit to keep you dry.
There’s little to match sitting astride a powerful 4-cylinder motorcycle, which has awesome acceleration that you can use in short bursts; just remember the speed limit! Click here for motorcycle riding licence details from the UK government.
If you want to inject some excitement into your life, big bike touring might be just the thing.