A motorcyclists journey to and from work and the shops they use can be lonely.
So, why not take his own bike with him?
With the right bike, he can keep his own, says Ben St. Clair, the manager of a shop in the Toronto suburb of Milton.
“The bike is a very useful tool,” says St. Claire, who’s also a certified motorcycle mechanic.
“It’s not just for commuting.
It can be used for the same purpose.”
For example, St. Louis says he often works on a bike that has been modified to be a motorcycle.
The bike has a front suspension, rear brakes and a trailer hitch for extra storage.
The motorcycle also has a handlebar that attaches to the rear of the bike.
That allows the rider to use the handlebar while riding.
St. Clair says the owner of the motorcycle could easily take the bike with them and have it modified for riding on snow or ice.
He could then have the bike parked near the shop for easy access.
St Clair says that’s a scenario many motorcycle owners take for granted.
“They’re very, very aware that it’s not going to be safe on the road.
But the problem with having a motorcycle is you don’t know what could happen.”
With a bike and its accessories, St Clair says a motorcycle owner can get anywhere quickly.
He says the safety of the bicycle is paramount.
“You can’t just take a car or a car and run,” says the motorcycle mechanic who owns the shop.
“You need to have the right equipment and the right kind of training.”
It’s also important to remember that a motorcycle can be a valuable asset.
St. Charles says his shop has had customers who have lost their bikes.
St Louis says a mechanic needs to be prepared.
“It’s very important that if a mechanic does have a bike, that they have the proper equipment and that they are ready to go when it happens,” he says.
The best way to avoid getting lost and to stay safe on your bike is to keep your bike and accessories on you, St Louis said.
“And you should be able to get there and out of your way as quickly as possible.”
With files from the CBC’s Daniel Dussault