Thoughts on the First Ride of the Year

//Thoughts on the First Ride of the Year

Thoughts on the First Ride of the Year

Awww, to have the rush of air surrounds you lifting your spirit up for the first time in months. I know for a lot of southern folks this does not apply but after living in Florida for 3 years riding year around and now living in Iowa there is one thing I realized this spring. It is a magnificent feeling to get back on the bike after having to see it sit in the corner of the garage all winter frowning at me.

Throughout the winter months there were times where I felt something was missing from my weekly routine. Now that the weather here in the Midwest has turned towards spring it’s high time to be getting back on two wheels for this guy.

After a little spring maintenance and a good cleaning, I rode my bike to work for the first time in four months. When I got to my desk to start the day, I felt a calm sense of refreshment.  Just then I realized what a big difference a little ride can make in the way I feel and how I look at the day. It was only a nine-mile ride and a chilly 50 degrees out there, but it had made a big impact. Each year my passion for motorcycling grows with realizations like this one.

Working here at J&P Cycles and watching my coworkers roll into the parking lot — all of us sharing the same passion for two wheels, seems to have lightened up the atmosphere and collective mood of the place. It may just be that winter is letting go of us with its dreary cold grasp but I believe it also has to do with our ability to climb back on the machines we all love to ride.

For everyone out there who has rolled their bike out into the spring air, I encourage you to share your passion and your story with us.

Where did you go on that first ride of the season? How did it feel to get back out there and experience the ride we all share a respect for?

 Leave a comment with your take!

By |2015-04-15T14:29:29+00:00April 10th, 2012|Categories: Editorial/Commentary Articles|4 Comments

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  1. Tim April 10, 2012 at 6:11 pm

    Already ridden to work 3 times … in Toronto! Never done that in March before!

  2. Gary Johns April 10, 2012 at 1:24 pm

    First ride of the season cost me $300 to fix the flat I got over 100 miles from home. But I was still smiling at the end of the day!

  3. tom altman April 10, 2012 at 12:50 pm

    We’re getting ready to head down to the moonshine run ( – it is one of the first midwestern rallies of the year.

    Sound be a blast.

  4. Jamie April 10, 2012 at 12:24 pm

    It’s a good thing there are no bugs in the early spring. I just can’t seem to wipe the grin off my face during that first ride of the year!

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