Gear up for Ride to Work Day: Motorcycle Riding Tips for Your Commute

This year will mark the twentieth annual Worldwide Ride to Work Day on Monday, June 20th. According to the U.S. Census Bureau and the Department of Transportation, more than 80 million cars and light trucks are used for daily commuting on American roads, and about 200,000 motorcycles and scooters are a regular part of this mix. Commuting to work on your motorcycle can be stressful, especially if your commute involves riding in rush hour traffic or on the highway. With Monday quickly approaching, we feel it’s only appropriate to give you some useful motorcycle commuting tips.

1. Take what you need – When you are commuting to and from work only take the cargo that you need and try to leave other items, like shoes or work clothes, at the office. For items that you need to carry, such as a briefcase or laptop, a durable motorcycle backpack is one of the most versatile and practical ways of carrying cargo. Not just any backpack will do the trick though, and it’s important to note that backpacks specifically designed for motorcyclists differ in a few ways from ordinary luggage backpacks. For example, the Alpinestars MotoGP Charger Backpack has a laptop pocket and a waterproof zipper to ensure weather protection. Also, most motorcycle backpacks are specifically made with the commuter in mind.

2.  Be Prepared – It’s a good idea to be prepared for any unpredictable weather conditions by keeping rain gear either in a compartment in your motorcycle or in your motorcycle backpack. We recommend one-piece rain suits because they tend to be more compact than two-piece suits, and this is a huge space-saving advantage. Also, rain boot covers can easily be stored in a motorcycle backpack. These overboot covers are made of a waterproof material and can easily be slipped on over shoes and adjusted.

3. Time – Give yourself plenty of time to get to your destination. Just like driving a car, you may run into unforeseen or inconvenient scenarios like traffic jams or bad weather, which can cause frustration. Riding a motorcycle in bad weather may slow down your commute more than driving a car. By giving yourself some extra time you may not be as stressed if these unforeseen scenarios occur and you will still make it to work on time.

4. Rush Hour Traffic – Riding in slow traffic can be difficult and frustrating. By leaving plenty of room between you and the car in front of you, you will be able see more of the road, the environment in front of you, and the flow of traffic ahead. You may drive perfectly, but you can’t expect others to. Make room for others’ mistakes by leaving room for drivers to make a mistake or screw up. If someone does make a mistake, at least you will not be negatively affected.

We want to hear your commuting tips or stories. Are you planning on commuting to work on your motorcycle on Worldwide Ride to Work Day? Please drop us a comment below!