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:
- Diet and Exercise
- Riding your motorcycle
- Changing your motorcycle to fit you and your passenger
- 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.