The new year is the perfect time to take stock of your life.
For many, this is about making changes to diet or exercise routines. And that's fine, but motorcycle enthusiasts may have different resolutions, such as being a better rider or riding more in general.
We've compiled a list of 14 Motorcycle Resolutions you might consider adopting for 2024.
Every type of motorcycle rider can benefit from these resolutions. Our motorcycling resolutions range from the practical (find the right insurance policy for you) to the adventurous (plan a cross-country road trip with your best friends).
No doubt, however, there will be one for you. On with the list!
If your New Year’s goal is to learn to ride, the best place to begin is researching how to get a motorcycle license. Start by understanding what your local jurisdiction requires for a motorcycle license.
More than likely, it will require some or all of the following:
May 2024 be the year you finally purchase the new-to-you classic you've been drooling over since childhood, the factory-fresh showroom model, or a basic certified pre-owned as your first bike.
We know we always look for something new and different to add to our collection—nothing like adding a new ride to your stable, whether your first or tenth bike.
Motorcycle insurance is one thing every rider needs to ride on the streets legally. So why not take the off-season (unless you are a diehard winter rider) to get the right insurance cost for your bike?
You can save money on a policy and ensure you're covered in an unforeseen mishap. With the right insurance, you'll be back on the road as soon as possible without paying high out-of-pocket costs.
We have extended hours and are available to discuss insurance anytime you want to call.
Motorcycle Safety Courses teach the foundations for better riding techniques. The introductory courses are perfect for prospective and new riders with only a few miles under their belt.
If you've never been on a motorcycle before, this is your chance to try one out. A bonus is that a passing grade allows you to skip the road test when getting your "M" endorsement in most states.
For veterans, advanced courses teach (or reteach) more technical fundamentals.
Check out a Harley-Davidson® Riding Academy or the Motorcycle Safety Foundation website to see what's available in your area.
The best part? If you were wondering how to lower your motorcycle insurance in 2024, completing a training or safety class may qualify you for a discount.
Even though you've been riding for a long time, you can still brush up on some slow-speed fundamentals.
Commit to an empty parking lot for ten minutes twice a week to practice counter-steering swerves, smooth throttle control, perfecting your feel of your friction zone, and stopping quickly.
While optional, if you have any small cones or marking devices in your garage, setting up a course for yourself to weave, dodge, and practice measured figure 8s is effortless.
This type of practice is like exercise; you're building muscle memory that will be useful in all situations.
No one is perfect. We all have weak points that we can improve on with regular practice.
For 2024, why not perfect one of the weaker areas of your riding?
Better yet, set up private lessons with an instructor, or consider taking a riding course to improve your riding game.
Whether you are ATGATT (all the gear all the time) or just pop on a helmet, it's essential not to skimp on your motorcycle gear—it can save your life. We think investing in the best equipment you can afford is worth it because you never know when you'll need it.
Breakthroughs in technology mean that armor from makers like D30 and SAS-TEC is ultra-light, ultra-strong, and fits under regular clothing. Helmets, too, are getting lighter and stronger every year. Wearable airbags are available to the public (not just for MotoGP riders!).
The average motorcycle helmet can be safe for up to five years of use provided it has not been dropped on the ground, involved in an accident, or cared for improperly.
Bottom line: your helmet is designed to absorb an impact once. Once that happens, it's time to purchase a new one. If you haven't refreshed in a while, now's the time.
Too often, riders neglect this crucial step because they just want to ride.
We've all been guilty of it, which is why it makes our New Year's resolution list every year. Checking your owner’s manual is a significant first step to see what maintenance your bike needs.
Here are a few of the things we also check when preparing for motorcycle riding season:
Effective communication with other road users is critical when you’re on a motorcycle, and the proper use of hand signals is not something to overlook when you're on two wheels.
Adhering to recommended hand signal protocols will elevate visibility, minimize misunderstandings, and contribute to a safer ride.
Rather than listing all of them here, this guide will detail the essential motorcycle hand signals you need to know.
Get out there and take on the open road.
This is the number one resolution for most riders, but getting there can take time and effort. If you aren't spending as much time in the saddle as you would like, step back and ask, “Why?”.
Maybe you simply need to install saddlebags to take along your work clothes. It may be time to upgrade to a new bike better suited to your commute.
Often, small changes are the ticket to more miles.
Getting out for an overnight trip will change your thoughts about your motorcycle. The challenge of riding long distances is a great way to put your skills to the test.
Try riding one of America's famous roads alone or with friends. We can hear the Canyons, the Tail of the Dragon, and the Beartooth Highway calling - just make sure you know what to pack for a motorcycle trip.
We love the diversity of bikes you see on the road, and there's a rally or festival worth attending for every single one.
Even if you go alone, you'll likely leave with new friends. Rallies are places where people gather and talk about their bikes, share food and drink, and generally have a good time doing what they love.
If you're lucky, you might even get to ride one.
When you truly love something, it's easy to want to share it. So make 2024 the year you help others discover the joys of riding.
Get your significant other riding gear so they can come with you, or encourage a friend to learn how to ride. Just make sure to review your insurance policy to determine if someone else can ride your motorcycle.
If you feel extra evangelical about motorcycle riding, consider training to teach a rider safety course. You'll help a new generation of riders develop crucial skills for the road.
Lastly, getting involved in a new community is an excellent way to connect with new riders and learn new things.
No matter how old or experienced you are, meeting new people and heading out on a group ride can add a unique element to your love of motorcycling.
So, there you have it: some great motorcycle New Year’s Resolutions for those who love to hit the road on their motorcycle.
If your motorcycle is your pride and joy, 2024 is the year to make the most of it!