It’s finally here folks! The sun has decided to join the party in recent weeks and it certainly feels a lot more like summer. Shorts are on, white pasty legs are out and most importantly – the bikes are revving! It’s been a long, cold winter for most people and the bike has been sitting in the garage like an old toy discarded by a child for their newest one.
Obviously, there are the few hardcore riders among us who have been riding to and from work every day, come rain or shine, snow or sleet, and good on them – it was certainly a challenge to get the bike off the driveway in most areas let alone manoeuvre through town!
For some riders, it’s a truly disastrous time of year as they go to the garage, open the door, get the bike out and head in to put on their leathers…only to find that they no longer fit, or that the boots have developed a hole or the gloves still have that damaged part from last year that you never got repaired. With motorbike clothing an expensive investment it pays to invest in something that’s going to last if you’re in this position, so you’re best off purchasing from a tried and tested retailer.
There are plenty out there who stock a full range of helmets, leathers, gloves and boots for riders of all abilities and ages, making sure that no matter whether you need a pair off off-road, waterproof boots or a Valentino Rossi replica lid, you’re in the right place.
Doing your research online into the products is a great way of saving time. After all, nobody wants to go straight down to the store only to find that they’re sold out of all the sizes you want, or that they don’t stock the particular brand or model – meaning more time with the bike on the driveway and less time on the road, taking advantage of the dry roads and getting your knee down around the tight, twisty bends.
With the Isle of Man TT, one of the world’s most famous road races taking place last month, even more bikers are taking to the roads after being inspired to get out there while the weather is favourable, with several thousand making the trip to the island to watch the racing – a truly amazing few days for anyone who hasn’t been, which I’m sure those who have will agree.
But while we’re all slightly giddy and excited about getting out on the bike after all this time, take some time to reacclimatize yourself with the machine and the road conditions. After driving a car throughout the winter months, it will take some time to get used to everything again so remember – you’re not like Rossi, Stoner and co – you’re human!
This article was written by Matt Rawlings, a motorbikes and technology enthusiast providing consumer advice articles, giving advice on the best places in the UK to get your bike gadgets and gear, including Bikestop.