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

#ridetoday Sounds easy, doesn’t it? As we go through this transition of seasons (cold/cool mornings to warmer afternoons), it can be a little difficult to be motivated or even mentally prepared to ride. Some of us will wait for more consistent weather while I on the other hand will go ahead and bundle up in the morning in order to have that nice ride home after work.

I know not everyone has a job that allows them to come in smelling like exhaust fumes with their hair all messed up. Khaki pants and dress shoes seem to be holding back the corporate masses when it comes to motorcycling, and I think it should be “casual Friday” every day of the week. High-heels and skirts don’t work well either, and some material clothes are made from these days are not very effective in keeping us warm and dry. I can ride every day and I usually smell like exhaust fumes and the “outside.” I really don’t have much hair to mess up, so for me it’s okay. But it can be a hassle for those who want to ride, but can’t because it just doesn’t work into the commute.

But for a lot of riders, it’s a frame of mind. We can find so many reasons not to ride when we should be looking for so many reasons to ride. Maybe you need to carry a laptop or a coffee cup. Maybe you car-pool and there isn’t enough room. Weather, (or the threat of weather) can keep you in your car, but you and I both know that every motorcycle you pass on your commute is like a punch in the face. I don’t like getting punched in the face, so I ride!

Walking into your work environment all “geared-up” can be awkward I know, and changing clothes can be a little difficult as well, but planning ahead and allowing extra time can do wonders for your frame of mind. We have enough stress going on in our lives nowadays. Just the thought of my motorcycle in the employee parking lot brings a smile to my face.

Ride today, or at least give it a real hard thought – you’ll be glad you did. Your car-pool friend might think otherwise!