Valentine’s Day is fast approaching, so it’s time to start thinking of ways to spoil your special someone. For us riders, it’s tempting to combine our motorcycle obsession with a romantic date.
But how do you do that?
The good thing about motorcycles is their versatility, so you have a lot of options. Whether your significant other is a rider or not, your bike is your ticket to an unforgettable Valentine’s Day date.
Here are some charming Valentine’s date ideas to help demonstrate that gearheads can be romantics as well.
Go on a Two-wheeled Overnight Getaway
Spending a night in a cozy, intimate setting is a tried-and-true Valentine’s Day classic. Whether your idea of a romantic setting is a luxurious five-star hotel or the most primitive campsite in the sticks, there’s a motorcycle to take you there.
In fact, a bike can elevate the experience to an entirely new level. With some careful route planning, you can set the mood for the night already during the trip.
If you and your date want to stay cozy, take a relaxed, laidback cruise through some beautiful scenery. Or, if both of you are adrenaline junkies, bounce through some off-road tracks to get your blood pumping.
Should you need some ideas on where to stay the night, the Historic Tapoco Lodge is an almost Hallmark-like romantic location that accommodates both easygoing and adventurous riders. Located near the Tail of the Dragon, the hotel’s spa, on-site restaurant, and comfortable rooms make for a wonderful date night.
For more inspiration, check out our article on romantic North Carolina hotels.
Deliver a Present Via Motorcycle
Flowers, chocolate, power tools… Valentine’s Day is an excellent excuse to delight your honey with a thoughtful gift, and your motorcycle is an ideal vehicle for delivering it.
Just picture the scene. Your dearest hears the roaring rev of a motorcycle engine from behind their window on Valentine’s Day morning. Rushing to pull the curtains open, they see you astride your metal steed—holding aloft a neatly wrapped gift package.
Well, as long as your gift is small enough to hold up with one hand.
This approach not only lets you give your SO a present. It also shows that you’re willing to mesh your motorcycling passion with whatever they like.
If you’re at a loss with what to give to an avid rider, check out our list of unique motorcycling gifts.
Take Your Valentine on a Unique Ride
You love motorcycles and you love riding. So why not show your beloved what a wonderful time you can have in the saddle together by taking them for a ride to a mindblowing location?
If you both ride, you can plan a ride to a thrilling place where neither of you has been before. Go see the mountains along the Million Dollar Highway or enjoy seaside riding in Key West… The possibilities are endless.
A shared ride is also a great idea even when your SO has never been on a motorcycle. Leisurely cruising amidst beautiful scenery during sunset while they hug you from the pillion seat sounds like a fantastic time.
Motor to a Ride-In Movie
Are you both movie freaks? Well, then your plans for a Valentine’s date are set—ride to a drive-in movie theater to catch a film that sounds interesting to both of you.
Granted, watching an hours-long movie from the saddle doesn’t sound very comfortable (unless you ride some kind of a hulking tourer with a recliner of a seat). But that’s nothing you can’t resolve with a bit of preparation.
Pack a couple of comfy collapsible lawn chairs, a warm blanket, and maybe some snacks into your panniers to turn the experience into a picnic and a show. And speaking of picnics…
Ride to a Beautiful Picnic Spot
A picnic is the Honda CB750 of the dating world—in other words, a true classic. Your motorcycle is almost tailor-made for taking you and your sweetheart out for an outdoor meal you won’t soon forget.
Your pannier bags are just the right size to pack your food and drinks, a blanket, a pillow or two, and whatever utensils you may need. And just like with the overnight trip, you can start setting the mood with the right choice of route.
You don’t even have to ride far. A quick jaunt to a pretty park just outside the city can be more than enough to make the picnic unique, particularly if your SO isn’t a rider themselves.
If you need some inspiration on where to go for a picnic, Rappahannock County Park is a great location for those living in northern Virginia. The place is pretty during the daytime, but things get really gorgeous once the sun sets—this is one of the few places on the East Coast where you can see the Milky Way.
Teach Your Valentine to Ride a Motorcycle
The best hobbies are those you can share with your loved ones. In case your SO isn’t a rider yet, a one-on-one motorcycling lesson makes for a truly unique Valentine’s Day date.
Of course, you shouldn’t expect to turn your dearest into an expert motorcyclist in one day. Yet, simply learning the basics and successfully rolling around a parking lot can be an incredibly fun shared experience for both of you.
Even if it turns out that motorcycling isn’t your sweetheart’s cup of tea, don’t fret. Just from being in the saddle for a while, they’ll gain a deeper insight into what makes you tick that can help bring you closer together.
Buy Them a Motorcycle
This isn’t a date idea per se. Yet, it’d be a rare rider to claim that getting a brand-new motorcycle for Valentine’s Day wouldn’t make them squeal with joy.
Now, buying a motorcycle is a commitment, so you shouldn’t do it willy-nilly even if you have the funds. Yet, if your special person has been pining for a new bike, you can easily turn this into a date.
Tell your SO you’re taking them somewhere nice and ride together to a dealership of your choice. Once you get there, tell them to go on in and pick the bike they want.
It’ll be an unforgettable Valentine’s date—guaranteed.