This morning I saw an article on Ultimate Motorcycling by Ron Lieback. It was called 7 Tips for Winter Motorcycle Riding. I shared it on my Facebook page. As the morning rolled on I saw the same article shared on other motorcycle-related pages as well. Being the curious type, I clicked through and read some of the comments people were leaving on the different pages.
One of the common sentiments that some commenters responded with was along the lines of you should just drive a car.
Thank GOD you’re here because that thought NEVER would have crossed anyones mind. A car? What a great idea.
Some people WANT to ride their motorcycles all year round.
Yes, their level of success and tolerance is varied and based on many things which are personal to them. But the idea that all motorcyclists who experience winter conditions should do any one thing is just ridiculous.
You Know What You Should Do?
Very seldom has that phrase been uttered to me followed by something that I actually wanted to do. I really think what people mean is you know what I would do? And that’s fine. They should just go ahead and do that.
Offering suggestions or tips on ways you’ve succeeded at doing something is one thing – but the minute someone gets preachy with their information or takes a tact like they know what’s best for someone else it bugs the crap outta me. Even if what they mean is you might like x, y or z ~ the way they say it is just as important as what they’re saying. Some “experts” are freakin’ annoying.
I’m looking forward to continuing my riding through the winter. Again.
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.
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.”
— JIM ROHN
On Sunday morning I woke up to sunshine. As I padded down he hall towards the coffee pot, I got that feeling. You know… that special feeling. The one that says maybe you’ll be able to sneak out for a ride today. And, I did.
With temperatures approaching 40 degrees, the roadways though wet were free of ice and snow. Even with no electrics running on the DRZ, my REV’IT gear is really quite warm. The more I use the Sand jacket and pants, the more I like them. Money well spent.
I putt-putted along, splashing through the puddles along the north shore, stopping near one of the sod farms in Riverhead. The frozen field looked like the tundra. When I took my helmet and gloves off, the wind stung my face and hands as it came whipping across the open plain.
It felt so great to ride. The weeks of snow and ice clogging the roads were a distant memory.
In Other News
I’m sure you’ll be happy to know that I have another pair of glasses with – get this – TWO lenses! I’m going for the Carrie Donovan look. How am I doing? Fabulous?
Now I just have to work on the helmet hair and the windburned face. One step forward, two steps back.
I took my remaining vacation days off around Christmas and New Years again this year. That means 16 glorious days off to do absolutely nothing. Just a little time to recharge and relax. But,… as the saying goes – the devil will find work for idle hands to do.
When the words “You know what we should do?” leave my lips, at this point Kenny should immediately turn on his heals and walk out of the room. But, bless his blonde little heart he goes along with my hairbrained schemes.
I love that boy <3