How to beat the January Blues

UK road in winter

Unless your birthday’s in January, it’s probably your least favourite month of the year, especially if you ride a motorcycle.

The diet’s started, money’s tight and without the distraction of the festive period, getting out on your motorcycle has never felt further away.

But don’t worry, there are plenty of motorcycle events and things for you to do in January to cheer you up.

We’ve rounded up five ways you can get over the new year blues with your bike this January.

1. Adventure Travel Show

The Adventure Travel Show is in its 21st year and takes place on the 21 and 22 January at the Olympia in London.

While it’s not exclusively a motorcycle show, there’s a huge two-wheel presence with a number of adventure motorcycle seminars in partnership with Honda.

So whether you’ve never travelled by bike before or you’re an old hand, there’s plenty for you to sink your teeth with experts on hand to answer your questions and give you the advice you need.

On top of that, there are a number of talks from seasoned adventurers about riding through the likes of South Africa or Botswana, Vietnam or China.

2. Winter riding gear

Lots of riders ditch their bikes in winter because they either don’t fancy riding in the cold or they don’t have the gear to cope with plummeting temperatures.

It doesn’t have to be like that! We’ve got a winter riding guide to help get your through winter on the road but there’s also lots of affordable gear you can buy to make getting out on the road just as comfortable in winter as in summer.

We ran a competition over Christmas with RST where we gave away a winter riding jacket and jeans, along with heated gloves.

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They’re affordable and you can get kitted out comprehensively for winter for about £400 but we know as well as anyone that money’s a bit tight in January.

So if you can’t afford a full winter riding kit, check out our essential winter riding gear guides to see how extra layers, proper socks and covering your neck can keep you warm, comfortable and focused on the road in winter.

3. Mick Extance 10% off

At The Bike Insurer, we’ve been lucky enough to spend the day at The Mick Extance Experience so we know exactly how much fun it is.

And the good news is that during January, a 10 per cent discount is available on all bookings.

If this sounds like it’s something you fancy, watch our video from our day out with Mick and his team!

4. 2017 Arenacross Tour

Anyone who’s visited Motorcycle Live over the past few years will probably have seen – or at least have heard – the guys at FMX Live; the touring display branch of the UK Arenacross Tour.

FMX Live at Motorcycle Live

This year it’s back in the UK and giving bike fans to get up close and personal with some of the best motocross riders in the world at venues up and down the country.

It’s already been to Manchester but with shows on every Saturday this month, there’s still plenty of opportunity to see the action up close and personal.

5. Prime your bike ready for the sun

If you’re firmly in the thrifty camp and looking to keep spending down to a minimum, one other way you can make the riding season seem that little bit closer is to start priming your bike for when the weather gets better.

If your bike’s been stuck in the garage, sat still and gathering dust over winter, you’ll need to run a couple of checks to make sure nothing’s untoward before you get on the road.

We’ve compiled a checklist of easy motorcycle maintenance checks to ensure your bike’s ready for riding when the sun makes its annual appearance.

Next page: Day 4 - Riding your motorcycle in winter