As you "get your motor running and youre heading down the highway" have you ever noticed that motorcycle enthusiasts now-a-days come in all shapes and sizes. Most folks think that riding a "hog" is something that only young people do, but there are a surprising number of older folks that are taking up the "handgrip" habit, especially as they enter retirement. Whether it’s a way to reclaim their youth or something that they put off until they had the time to appreciate it, many baby boomers are exploring the "breeze between their knees."
For some us that have been riding our entire life, I think, deep down inside, we still miss that romantic motorcycle era of of the 60's and 70's when choppers were king, ape hangers ruled and sissy bars touched the sky. It was all about looks. Nobody needed comfort.
Who can forget the "Eye of Providence" emblazoned on the tank of Michael Park's Sportster as he ventured across country in "Then Came Bronson." Or was your "biker" persona modeled after Jack Nicholson in "The Rebel Rousers" with the Confederate flag sewn across the back of his leather jacket leading his gang as they "laid waste to the flesh and blood of America's daughters?"
I guess we all look back now with a romantic eye at Peter Fonda and Dennis Hopper as they made their way across the U.S. on their custom "panheads." Custom yes.....Comfort no. A trip like that today would lay waste to my behind and put me in traction for a year especially on those type of bikes. You definitely would not call me "Easy Rider."
These are bigger and heavier bikes with loads of creature comforts.
As with any set of bikers, boomers are all about upgrading and improving their rides by adding motorcycle accessories. For the older generation, safety and comfort are just as important as performance or speed, which means that a lot of the OEM motorcycle parts that they get are geared towards these concepts.
When you walk your local "bike night" it's not hard to spot a baby boomer custom. The seats are bigger and more cushioned. You will see a backrest or two. A windshield is not out of the question and floorboards just make long runs on the road so much easier.
Baby Boomers don't have to give up the road just because they are getting older, they just have to adapt the way they ride. So, if you know a boomer biker that refuses to give up on riding and needs some extra accessories to support their advancing years, then, here is what you can buy for him or her.
OK, let's start simple and focus on that part of your anatomy that takes the most abuse on a bike: your butt. Long rides can be brutal no matter what your age, but as we get older, we don’t have as much stamina to sit on a saddle for hours on end.
Thus, a big, comfy seat or thick seat pad is essential to enable a retiree to enjoy a long distance ride.
Are you heading to Sturgis from Arizona? Then a 19" super wide bucket with dual heating zones and backrests may be just the ticket you need to run 500 miles a day. An "iron butt" or "saddle sore" award was something to puff your chest about in our youth but I'll trade a trophy for extra tush padding any day.
Here's a simple solution to a common riding ailment. As we get older, our grip strength will worsen. Whether due to arthritis or just old fingers, this means controlling the bike can be harder, especially on long rides.
A set of thick, comfortable gloves is an excellent way to alleviate this problem. Again, technology has brought gloves to a whole new level of excellence. They can be heated, waterproof, vented, ergonometric and even wired to control your cruise panels or audio system.
Nothing makes a long ride smoother and more enjoyable than having a truly comfortable place to rest your legs. Baby Boomer riders would really appreciate some big old honking floor boards to rest their dogs. Nothing can wear you out more than the constant vibration to your legs from resting your boots on skimpy chrome pegs. Easy to bolt on for both driver and passenger these accessories are both stylish and safety conscience.
Talking about our tushies again, we mentioned earlier many boomers will prefer comfort over speed, so a decent seat warmer will be a nice addition to their motorcycle accessories, especially if they ride in cold conditions. There's nothing more comfortable than a toasty behind when the frost is forming on your beard.
When talking about Honda bike parts (or any other brand), a sidecar isn’t exactly an accessory that you would think about first when discussing comfort bolt-ons but they are safe, stylish and comfortable alternatives to riding one-up.
Thanks to modern technology they install quickly and easily and they come prefabricated in some really cool styles that will match your bike. Many boomers like to ride with their significant other and a sidecar is a great way to make sure both riders are comfortable the whole ride.
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