Fresh off the presses, it's National Motorcycle Ride Day! This day is one of many dedicated to celebrating the comradery that binds all bikers.
What makes this day different is that it's a movement that's gaining steam thanks to social media. So, take the time to ride and join in on the fun, and meet up with your fellow riders on the road.
National Motorcycle Ride Day has been observed on the second Saturday of October since 2015.
On August 15th 2015, Chad Geer, currently Product Manager at Dunlop Motorcycle Tires, submitted National Motorcycle Ride Day to the National Day Calendar®. This is the authoritative registry of "fun, unusual, and unique National Days."
In addition to honoring bike riders nationwide, many of whom enjoy their last rides of the season in October, the day honors John B. Dunlop, whose pneumatic tire made its debut in 1887, revolutionizing cycling forever.
A fairly new day of observance, National Motorcycle Ride Day is quickly gaining traction because riders will take any excuse to ride!
In addition to riding, you can observe National Motorcycle Ride Day by using the hashtag #NationalMotorcycleRideDay and @nationalmotorcyclerideday across social media sites like Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.
Although, soon enough, the event will transcend its origins and become a day when riders nationally, and hopefully globally, appreciate the bond that connects all bikers.
There's a lot to check before any ride. While your owner’s manual will provide specific information related to proper tire pressure and suspension settings, here are a few additional items to add to your pre-ride checklist.
Check your frame for cracks as well as lifting paint, which may indicate signs of stress. You'll want to look carefully for cracks and breaks on any levers and pedals, as well as making sure that the mounts on your handlebars are tight.
Also, check cables for fraying and make sure there aren't any kinks. Confirm that your wire looms and ties aren't cracking, that you don't have any missing clips, and that none of your insulation is chafed, loose, or fraying. Your wires shouldn't be pinched or getting in the way of your steering or suspension.
Check your mirrors, lights, wheels, tires, brake, suspension system, throttle, coolant, fluids and oil, battery, and, obviously, your fuel.
When in doubt, refer to this handy (and printable) T-CLOCS Inspection Checklist for a full list of what to check and what to look for.
Lastly, don't forget your motorcycle insurance before you head out on the road!
Since National Motorcycle Ride Day is fairly new (2015 was its first year), the number of dates is limited to:
National Motorcycle Ride Day isn't the only day dedicated to celebrating and appreciating the gift of motorcycling.
There's National Ride to Work Day (NRWD), which occurs on the third Monday in June. NRWD was founded by Andy Goldfine, founder of the Minnesota based biking safety apparel brand Aerostich.
The Congressional Motorcycle Safety Caucus and press sources reported that as of the early 2010s, NRWD was the largest motorcycle event, reaching upwards of one million participants. The event is observed in other nations as well, including Australia, the United Kingdom, Germany, France, Slovenia, Israel, Turkey, Ecuador, Argentina, and the Philippines.
There's International Female Ride Day® (IFRD), which has participants from over 120 nations and occurs on the first Saturday of May.
There's also World Motorcycling Day on June 21st, the summer solstice. No better day than the longest day of the year to dedicate to riding!
One of the beautiful things about riding is that each person who gets on a motorcycle joins a worldwide comradeship that transcends language, age, race, gender, sexuality, etc. Any day where you take time to acknowledge that more formally, is a day well spent. So, join your fellow riders and ride!