On the first day of every year, most people make some sort of new year resolution. It mostly revolves around losing weight, drinking less alcohol, or giving up smoking. Others include to travel more, work less, stress less, earn more… The list is endless.
Personally, I haven’t made any such resolutions this year, since the goal usually fades away shortly afterwards. However, since I am a keen motorcyclist, I thought about making a new years riding resolution that I could easily achieve by having it relate to riding a motorcycle… Smart ey!?
Things to do
My new year riding resolutions is:
- Explore a new province on a motorcycle.
It’s simple, but there it so much to it that I believe it could more than a year to truly achieve.
Breaking out of the mold
Myself and all my riding buddies are based on Johannesburg, so when we go out for a ride, it is mostly spent in the same province. Gauteng is not really known for awesome mountain passes, beautiful scenery or any of those things that one would write home about. That is why, on some of the previous route reviews we have done (here and here), we cross over into another province.
So, my goal for this year is to explore another province on a motorbike. With this, I don’t mean “do one or two trips there”. I mean, really explore it.
Luckily, I am already well on my way to do this, even just as a start. In March we will be heading to the Mpumalanga lowveld. This is probably one of the most awesome places in South Africa to ride a motorcycle. I have already been there before on a bike, but this time I really want to explore, and in the end bring you the whole experience so that you can also give it a go.
Getting the right equipment
We all know that many of the roads in the lesser traveled areas of South Africa are not tarred. So this poses a bit of a problem when it comes to exploring a new province. At the moment I ride a superbike, so I can pretty much only go as far as the tarmac stretches.
Driving back to Johannesburg after an awesome holiday in December in Cape Town, I noticed just how many unexplored (by myself) areas of the country there is. Having a good touring bike will easily solve this problem, I told myself. Maybe this is the year that I start parking the car somewhere else so that there is space for another motorcycle.
I encourage anyone reading this to go out and explore, no matter where you are. There are so many places to see and people to meet that it’s just not worth sitting around at home all the time wasting life away. Yes it does cost a bit, but in the end it is definitely well worth it.