I’d Forgotten How Much Winter SUCKS

Even in California riding a motorcycle in the winter is not for the faint of heart. While most of the state is free of snow, riding in the rain, wet and cold isn’t fun and games. Riding in the rain and getting wet is something I haven’t had to deal with much for the last several years since we’ve had drought conditions. Which means I had kind of forgotten how much it sucks. I don’t mind the occasional ride in the rain, but it’s not really something I want to do all the time. Unfortunately with all the rain we are getting  I don’t have a choice. I have to ride in the rain or not ride.


While not riding might seem like a perfectly reasonable thing to do, it’s hard to not ride when you love it so much, and made even harder if you happen to have a new motorcycle.

This is how it goes, you ride in the rain one day because you miss it so much. It sucks, so the next day or the next time it rains you drive. If you’re lucky it rains while you’re driving and you feel super clever for dodging a wet ride. If you’re unlucky you end up driving in the dry and hate it the entire time. There really is no torture like being in a car driving when you could have been on a motorcycle.

This starts a vicious circle. Since you missed a dry ride the next time rain looks iffy you ride. Since you’re riding now you are lucky if it’s dry and unlucky if it rains. When it rains you start over with the driving. Rinse and Repeat ad nauseam.

I just hope I make it until Spring still sane.

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About MotoCynic

I started riding motorcycles in 2006, and there is no going back. I've ridden more than 100,000 miles, most of it on a Ducati Monster, and despite setbacks and murderous BMW's I'm loving every mile.
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5 Responses to I’d Forgotten How Much Winter SUCKS

  1. MotoADVR says:

    That’s exactly it… riding home in the car on a sunny afternoon… all mad that you were duped by the weatherman… “Bitter. Table for one?”

  2. Ahh man, In Ireland if you don’t like riding in the rain you may give up. A mate of mine used the retort “are you made of sugar? You wont melt you know” Anyway riding in the rain makes a better rider of you and the practice is good too. Good chap.

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