(A guest post by Paul Vitrano)
Earlier this week, I wrote a guest post on the joys and benefits of commuting on a motorcycle. I would like to share some things I have experienced and learned since I started commuting to work nearly every day since the summer of 2011.
It starts with keeping your bike in top shape. Staying on the maintenance schedule, keeping ample fuel in the tank, and referencing MIC’s Tire Guide to take care of the tires, all become musts.
Of course, I outfit myself in All The Gear, All The Time, but the minimum is not enough. My Aerostich Roadcrafter provides the armor and protection that I need, allows me to ride in my business clothes, and keeps me dry on those rare rainy days in Southern California.
Relying on my motorcycle as transportation causes me to be smart about packing luggage and other equipment. A tool kit, emergency kit, emergency tire inflator and a lock are staples. My current ride, a 2012 Honda Goldwing (yes, I split lanes on the Wing), has plenty of on-board storage, but if yours does not, you can add aftermarket luggage to many bikes. Carrying a briefcase, workout clothes or an overnight bag is not difficult, if you plan accordingly. I even have ridden my bike to Los Angeles International Airport for an international flight!
Please share your own tips and experiences.