For some of us the riding season is winding down. That bit of a chill you feel in the morning ride isn’t a fluke, it’s more of a hint that cooler weather will be the norm. So are you a fair weather rider? Do you close the garage door at the first sign of cloudy and cool? Fear not my friends we ride motorcycles, remember? Sure, there are all sorts of cold-weather riding gear out there for those who want to hang on to the warm temps of summer. But for me I’ll stick to the more traditional gear of bikers past: a good pair of insulated gauntlet gloves, heavy lined leather jacket and chaps. It’s always a transition this time of year as it’s cooler in the morning and by the time I get off work I’m loaded down with everything I was wearing in the morning. It’s okay, I’d rather ride.
I know it’s not for everyone to get out on their bike this time of year. Depending on where you live, you may already be making plans on where you’re going to park your bike in the garage. For others, the riding season may becoming bearable as the summer heat fades away. For me, its typical fall weather and it feels good to know the seasons actually do change once in a while. Although I don’t remember my leather jacket fitting this tight. It is important to note that cold/wet weather can be difficult and it’s not for everyone. Confidence in your motorcycle, your own abilities and a tolerance for ever-changing weather and road conditions can be a daunting task. But we ride motorcycles, remember?
Just as we need to take precautions anytime we ride, fall and winter ratchet things up a notch. Only you can determine if you’re up to it. I ride all year-long except for when road conditions are bad or will be dangerous. I commute approximately 25 miles one way and there are a few times when it felt like the ride to work was never going to end. Fun? Not so much. But I’m not sure I would have it any other way. I’m passionate like many of you about riding motorcycles, and I’m fortunate enough to ride a bike to work. For some of you “The Man” is holding you back making you wear khakis and shiny shoes and stuff.
If you have ever ridden in a warm rain somewhere on a back road south of Sturgis and you actually enjoyed it, you probably will ride this fall and winter. If you found yourself tucked under an overpass waiting the storm out, that’s okay too. But try it sometime; you might find it isn’t so bad after all. Even if you extend your riding season one more day, it will have been a good season.