That bike that you’ve always wanted is finally sitting in your garage. So now what? Buying a motorcycle is only the beginning of the process to becoming a true motorcyclist. The next step is to outfit you and your motorcycle with all of the must-have accessories that will take you and your bike to the next level.
While this may not be an accessory directly for your bike, riding gear is absolutely essential for any new motorcycle rider. You may see cyclists out there without helmets or other gear, but it’s only a matter of time before they too will wish they were wearing some. Investing in a good helmet, some gloves, a jacket, and some boots and pants will save you pain and money later. Make sure that you do your research and get high-quality gear. It may be more expensive, but the investment will keep you from spending that money on expensive medical bills.
Motorcycle luggage is a must-have for any cyclist, whether you plan on cruising cross-country or just taking your bike downtown. Saddlebags are a good place to start in the motorcycle luggage department. They come in various sizes and can be used to carry anything from groceries to camping gear. If you’re feeling extra adventurous, invest in some tail bags and tank bags for even more cargo capacity.
A sturdy, high-quality cover is another must for any new motorcyclist. Even if you have a garage, covering up your bike will protect it from dust, dirt, and just about anything else. If you store your bike outside, you need a cover to protect it from all the elements. Covers are also a thief-deterrent. Not only do they hide your beautiful ride from prying eyes, but they can also make it more difficult to steal the bike. Most thieves won’t spend the time on it.
If you intend to do any kind of DIY motorcycle maintenance, then you need a nice set of tools. Consider investing in a full high-quality set of tools that you can keep in your garage, but don’t forget a handy pocket-sized multi-tool for anytime you may need to make hasty repairs on the road. Having the tools to do your own repairs (when you know what you’re doing) will save you the money you may have had to spend elsewhere.
Along with tools, invest in a flat repair kit that you can keep in your saddlebags for on the go.
Finally, it’s always wise to invest in some kind of security measure for your new motorcycle. You just spent all this money on it, after all, and the last thing you need is for someone to steal it. Check out some locks, alarm systems, and even GPS tracking, and you’ll never have to worry about losing your ride.
And of course, the final accessory you need is an open road. With that, along with these five must-have accessories, your experience as a new motorcyclist will be as great as it should be.