written for Countyline Publications and printed in Wisconsin and Illinois Biker Information Guide – fourth quarter 2009 by Bill Gade, Tour on 2 Last year I was fortunate to ride over 17,000 miles; I put on over 6,000 miles in August alone.  To ride that kind of mileage you must be in shape both physically, mentally and have a motorcycle that is comfortable for you and your passenger to ride for extended periods of time. Unlike driving a car, riding a motorcycle is a physically demanding activity and it does require some level of strength, stamina, and balance. Sitting on your “luxury bagger” riding down I70 with the cruise control on, take allot less effort than aggressively riding a sport bike on the Dragon’s Tail but they both require that you be in “riding shape” for the type of riding you want to do. There are three components that contribute to get into riding shape:
  1. Diet and Exercise
  2. Riding your motorcycle
  3. Changing your motorcycle to fit you and your passenger
I must admit that I definitely need to exercise more but I try to eat good meals, limit sweets and limit the size of the meals. Here is a daily menu that you should get into the habit of eating to get into riding shape:
  • Breakfast – Cereal, fruit, yogurt, and juice
  • Lunch – Salad and/or sandwich – no fried foods!
  • Dinner- Grilled meat or fish, fresh veggies, salad, and brown rice (baked potato or sweet potato will also work!)
  • Snacks – granola bars or almonds
  • Drink plenty of water to keep hydrated and avoid soft drinks.
In case you haven’t already figured it out the recommended menu is also how you want to eat while riding. I am not a big fan of exercise so I try to find ways to incorporate physical activity into my daily routines and I suggest that you do the same. When you go to the store or the mall, park at the far end of the parking lot so you have further to walk. Take the stairs instead of the elevator or escalator. Get off that riding lawn mower and get a push mower when mowing your lawn. I believe whatever you do physically will help to increase your stamina and you will need stamina for those longer riding days. The better your stamina and strength the longer you can ride, the safer you will ride and the more you will enjoy your ride. In our next issue I will cover riding to get into riding shape – BG