The 28th annual worldwide International Motorcycle and Scooter “Ride to Work” Day organized by AMA Life Member Andy Goldfine is set for June 17, 2019 to help demonstrate the advantages of motorcycling.
It also gives motorcyclists an opportunity to discuss important motorcycling issues with their colleagues such as distracted driving, unsafe fuels, motorcyclist profiling, motorcycle-only checkpoints, parking restrictions and more.
Goldfine is a longtime advocate for motorcycling. An AMA member since 1972, he is the founder of Aerostich/RiderWearHouse (www.aerostich.com) and received the prestigious AMA Dud Perkins Lifetime Achievement Award in 2013. He earned the award for his generous and tireless support of motorcycling.
Created in 1970 to acknowledge the highest level of service to the AMA in any area of activity, the award pays tribute to its namesake, AMA Motorcycle Hall of Famer Dud Perkins. Goldfine served with distinction on the AMA Board of Directors from 2004 to 2011 and on the American Motorcycle Heritage Foundation Board of Directors, which directs the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame, from 2008 to 2011. As founder of Aerostich/RiderWearHouse, he introduced numerous innovative apparel and accessory products to the market, and he created the annual worldwide "Ride to Work” Day to help heighten the awareness of motorcyclists as everyday people who ride virtually every day.
“Ride to Work” Day is always the third Monday in June.
Here are eight tips to make the day go smoothly for your commute.
1. Do a little planning. Getting ready for a motorcycle ride takes a bit more time than just jumping into your car. There’s stuff to stow, protective gear to don, and the proper frame of mind to be in.
So schedule a little extra get-ready time. Also, plan for a few extra minutes at work to un-stow your gear and transform back into a working stiff.
2. Get a stuff strategy. You’ve got two main options for carrying the papers, computers and assorted stuff required by the working world: on your bike, or on your body.
A set of soft saddlebags or a tank- or tailbag is good; lockable hard luggage is better. There are plenty of options in plenty of price ranges. Computers generally don’t care for the vibrations of a motorcycle so carrying them in backpack-style computer bags or courier bags.
3. Dress for success. Company dress codes are one big reason many motorcyclists feel they can’t ride to work. But with a little planning, they’re not the hassle they seem.
The most obvious way around them is to dress for the bike and simply carry the clothing you need for work (or keep some work clothes at the office). You can change when you get there.
Savvy commuters, though, buy their gear with the ride to work in mind. A leather jacket works fine over a shirt and tie; overpants can do the same over casual slacks.
For the ultimate in commuting ease, consider the Aerostich Roadcrafter suit. It’s functional protection that covers you from ankle to neck to wrist and can go on and off in about 15 seconds.
Lastly, consider leaving a pair of dress shoes at work, and swapping out of your boots when you get there.
4. Be ready for the worst. If your gear isn’t waterproof, always carry a rainsuit. Plus, always leave a spare set of work clothes at the office. You never know what’s going to happen.
5. Inspect your ride. Maintain your scoot. Do a walk-around inspection of your bike. Check the drive chain, check the oil, make sure the cables and controls operate smoothly, make sure all nuts and bolts are tight, and check the air pressure in your tires.
6. Don’t pass gas. Keep in mind that stop-and-go commuting for short distances will burn up more gas than long, straight rides. Adjust your gas stops accordingly.
7. Lock it or lose it. Make sure you have a secure place to park your bike at work so it doesn’t get stolen. Consider a disc lock and a cover. Always lock your forks.
8. Make It Fun. Your job may be familiar, but your commute doesn’t have to be. Leave a little early and take the scenic route.