The end of the season for a motorcyclist is comparable to “Vasya, home!” in the midst of a fun game in the courtyard on a summer evening during the holidays. When it gets colder outside, the question arises: what to do in the offseason? And no, the answer “cry” is not appropriate! Although I will not argue, sometimes I really want to secretly cry in the corner, especially when you consider how much money you need to spend on motorcycle maintenance, replacing rubber, chain, oil and a trillion little things, which in a stingy amount form an indecent round sum.
Conventionally, all motorcyclists in the off-season can be divided into 3 groups:
- Those who have put the motorcycle on storage until spring and no longer touch it until it gets warmer.
- Those who disassemble and repair a motorcycle change their equipment and prepare roughly (or not so much) for the next season.
- Those who do not care what weather they drive. Pilots who change to snowmobiles ride on covered areas or blow up snow in weather-conditioned vehicles.
Let’s consider all the options in more detail.
Conservation and retreat until spring
It’s a lazy option, when the pilot simply puts the motorcycle on a joke in complete confidence that it is efficient and there is basically nothing to do with it. At the same time, from the moment the technique goes into hibernation, the work on your skills also ends. Reading articles and playing in GTA does not count, they do not develop your motor skills, although articles certainly add a pretty penny to your erudition.
Such a plan for the development of events does not bring much benefit. Unfortunately, in the spring, such pilots are surprised to learn that motor skills have been lost over the winter and some subtleties have been forgotten, which have to be worked out anew.
Total work on the motorcycle and equipment
A variant of an erudite and an amateur to work with his hands. Firstly, not everyone dares to disassemble their motorcycle or at least try to fix it with their own hands. For many, courage ends with changing the oil, buying candles, lubricating the chain. Secondly, it is a matter of space and tool availability.
In the off-season, it is convenient to do repairs, tuning and all kinds of motorcycle restoration, if the garage allows. When parking is a winter storage service, on-site repairs and bulkheads are difficult. A popular activity among motorcycle owners is to make plans for the winter: what they will remodel, change, which parts and consumables to order, in order to calmly poke around in the equipment while it is snowing outside the window.
The off-season motorcycle bulkhead and winter tuning have long formed a culture within the motorcycle world. Winter renovation, as a period of active recovery and preparation for the new season, attracts amateurs to work with their hands on their own.
Total equipment upgrade. Upgrading equipment requires no small investment, both time and money. Before winter, cleaning, washing, drying, storage of the entire motorcycle swag begins; bulkhead of things, replacement of headsets, selection of new gloves or visor.
In the offseason, motorcyclists turn their attention to a selection of new equipment, read user reviews over the past season and cheerfully share their impressions themselves.
Winter riding and additional skill development
In the off-season, you can switch to equipment that allows you to ride on snow or winter prepared tracks. Snowmobiles, ATVs and off-road motorcycles are in high demand, especially sports options for prepared areas: pit bikes, cross and enduro. The purchase of winter tires for especially restless tourists is becoming topical.
The off-season makes it possible to sharpen certain skills in indoor areas. Many advanced motorcycle schools offer advanced levels of difficulty and special courses that focus on developing driving skills. Why not use their services instead of getting bumpy on public roads?
Another very interesting way to develop skills in the offseason is stunt riding. Yes, the handling of the bike is at a high level, much more professional than just extreme driving. Stunt riding will teach you how to own a motorcycle, not be afraid of falls and react correctly in a stalemate, as well as appreciate the brakes and work with the clutch.
What else do they do in the offseason?
Analysis. A good motorcyclist is a master of self-control. He will monitor the condition of the motorcycle and analyze how this motorcycle suits him, how comfortable it is and how much it costs, what should be replaced, improved, modified?
Change of class, sale / purchase of a motorcycle. In the off-season, a massive shift in horsepower begins. A lot of motorcyclists put up their equipment and leftover equipment for sale in the fall, then look for a replacement in the spring. It is not uncommon for pilots to change classes after their first season or to try other motorcycle models for comparison.
Planning next motorcycle season / planning trips. When you close the current season, there is actually a long period of preparation for the next. Travel lovers in every possible way sort out the possibilities to go to the places they dream of. They look through reviews of roads, route options and calculate costs, save money, set up work and vacation schedules, negotiate with friends, and look for travel companions.
The Internet surfing mode is turned on to search for curious rallies, runs and various events that you would like to attend in the new season. The calendar on the wall is covered with cherished dates, a whole list of places to visit is formed.
Attending winter motorcycle shows / presentations, shopping with equipment and motorcycle dealers. It’s hard to keep up everywhere in the summer. There are interesting events in winter too. Snow is not a hindrance for exhibitions held in closed pavilions. Dealers of the motorcycle world will present new products. If in the summer it was not up to you, then in the winter motoxicosis forces you to drop in to the official representatives in order to feel the lineup of your favorite brand. By the way, in the summer there is a rush in motorcycle shops when pilots realize that their equipment has become small, deteriorated from improper storage or after a fall. In other words, everyone runs to motorcycle stores to replenish the necessary supplies. But in winter … in winter, trips to motorcycle shops resemble walks along the Arbat – you walk, examine, ask the price … measure, choose. Then you mentally put a tick and come back when you walked around half of the city and read all the reviews about the model you liked.
To summarize: what to do during the offseason?
- Motorcycle repair and maintenance
- Class change / motorcycle change
- Developing skills in indoor areas
- Active driving in winter conditions
- Testing new types of motorsport
- Riding ATVs and Snowmobiles
- Analysis of your experience, condition of equipment and motorcycle
- Choosing / buying new equipment
- Collecting information, feedback and increasing knowledge about the motorcycle world + own experience and feedback
- Planning the coming season, developing a travel plan