Seasons: The Other ‘Cycle’ for Motorcyclists

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December 10, 2013 | By: Jeff Maddox

winter-ride2Editor’s Note:What appears below is a guest blog post from veteran biker Jeff Maddox, who regularly holds court over at the JMAdog blog.

This is the time of year when the majority of riders have an internal struggle regarding whether or not to ride. For the most part, we are in the grips of ever-changing weather, colder temperatures and nasty roads. We always have our eyes on the weather for the sliver of hope that “today, we will ride.” We are cursed with this and I would argue that we think more about our bikes when we can’t ride, because when the weather is consistently good, we ride without thinking about it. It’s those days where we struggle to win the argument, our motorcycles are always on our mind.

But we know as soon as we can, we will be right back at it like this winter never happened. We make the transition from lightweight gear to slightly warmer gear as fall comes around, and as signs of spring become apparent we reverse the process. We all own at least two cycles and this is the “other” cycle we ride – it’s called seasons.

I have to admit I like fall weather. It comes at a time when we’re tired of riding in the heat, and it’s refreshing to actually wear a jacket and gloves. Winter moves in and the gear we wear can be cumbersome and awkward - but we ride anyway. When spring finally gets here we are ready to shed some insulation and we can’t wait until it warms up; to summer.

This cycle called Seasons can be vicious, but we love her. For those who celebrate Christmas with short sleeves on, you may not know what I’m talking about, but it’s true. It’s a rollercoaster ride for a few months of the year and all we can do is sit down, hang on and “bundle” up, as it’s always a wild ride!

Comments (5)

Not far from St. Louis, down in So. Il., the roads have been hazardous more than usual this year. So, we had sunshine and 50 plus temps last Monday. Around noon, the wife says she is going to take a nap and I was instructed to get the bike outta the garage. She says I really need to do this. What diplomacy! Her way of saying I was being a crabass. Being the wise husband I replied “Yes Ma’am!” ‘Nuff said…

I know just how you feel I go to my garage just to wipe my bike down and wish it was better weather. I just brought claps and only had them on once . the hell with this weather. westminster, md ride on

There are times that I am so tired of all the mumbo jumbo of living in my home state of Cal, but then I take it all back when I take my softail for a 2-3 hour ride on a day like today in the gold country, the last day of 2013. Hang in there friends, spring is just around the corner. Even when it’s just to cold, just lifting the cover off my bike in the garage and looking at it gives me that good feeling that never has gone away after 40+ years of riding………..Ride safe!

This is what I like most about living in the Midwest — we have four very distinct seasons, or “cycles”. I couldn’t agree with you more Jeff when you say “This cycle called Seasons can be vicious, but we love her”. I can’t wait for each cycle to come, and I usually can’t wait for it to leave once we get deep into it! As for right now; it’s not even officially winter yet, and I CAN’T WAIT for SPRING already. Fortunately here in St Louis, we do get occasional days throughout winter when we can get out and blow off the cobwebs!

Thanks, and as you know, sometimes she’s mad at us and other times she’s taking a nap!

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