One Motorcycle, Please – Hold the Salt

Over the weekend I had a nice conversation with another motorcycle rider. He mentioned that he wasn’t riding because of the snow. That’s understandable – maybe he didn’t feel safe or didn’t have gear that would keep him comfortable enough. But as we talked some more, it sounded like he wasn’t fully sure he wanted to not be riding. I could hear the desire tugging at his heart.

During the conversation he also happened to mention the salt on the roads. I guess looking at my pants and boots illustrated the point that the roads were a mess. He asked me if I worried about it.

I guess I do and I don’t. Of course I don’t want my bike to be encrusted in the stuff. But, it is easy enough to wash it down when I get home. I can spend hours doing something I love and only have to put in 20 minutes worth of clean up? Not a bad trade, really.

salty pants and boots

I’m not a ‘hardcore’ motorcyclist. At all. I’m just… regular. I love to ride and try to squeeze that in where I can. Sometimes that means in conditions that are less than perfect but, eh, whattayagonnado? If you spend your life sitting around waiting for perfection you aren’t going to get a lot done.

“If you really want to do something, you’ll find a way. If you don’t, you’ll find an excuse.”


Rachael is the whimsical writer behind the 20+ year old Girlie Motorcycle Blog. As a freelance blogger, she is on a mission to inspire laughter, self-examination, curiosity, and human connection. Girlie Motorcycle Blog can be found on several Best Motorcycle Blog lists.

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5 Responses

  1. Dar says:

    There is a fellow down my street who has a beautiful bike, it didn’t move once last year other than to venture out to the driveway to be dusted. Everytime I asked if he was going to ride he would say “It’s too cold, too wet or too hot”. Seems like such a waste to me waiting for perfect conditions. I think I would be a sad panda if I couldn’t get out even in the icky stuff.

  2. Trobairitz says:

    Oregon doesn’t use salt on the roads so I had no idea your gear looked like that after riding. Good thing you have a hose.

  3. Jon says:

    It’s for me how truly you need, “the fix”. I do stop once the salt comes not because the mess but no drain in the garage. BTW; I NEED THE FIX!!

  4. Shybiker says:

    Preach, sister. I don’t even bother to wash my bikes. I don’t care what they look like and figure I’ll just buy a replacement down the road.

    The experience of riding is everything and, ironically, I enjoy riding most when conditions are adverse. The memories are more vivid. I remember riding in 9-degrees, etc.

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