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!