Keeping Ourselves from Going Insane in the Off-Season

Jaala announced that everyone should pack up and move to Arizona so that we can ride our motorcycles all year ‘round. The group considered the thought for a moment or two, and then we all snapped back to reality. Sure, it would be nice to hop on the bike in January or February when the Midwest was still locked in a boggy mix of gray snow and misshapen lumps that had once been snowmen, loved by small children. But, we all gently reminded her, in July and August, Arizona was a death sentence to all but the hardiest of souls, something we would never accuse her of being. After all, we were continually shocked that she had not gone and had that bike of hers painted wussy-girl pink and been done with it. She didn’t have a tiara painted on her helmet for nothing, you know.

We can’t go running off to the warmer climates so that we can ride every single day, but we can actually have a blast while we are waiting for the first gentle rays of spring time sun to push the green of grass and the gray of concrete to the light. In other words, we can keep each other from going bug nutty and doing things like beating the old man to death with a tire iron or other frowned upon activities.

One day, one of these idiots announced that it would be kind of funny to have an old fashioned quilting bee. We loudly and rather profanely reminded her that we were not Amish and that none of us really knew how to sew. Then a voice from the back of the room quietly said that yes, she did know how to sew. We turned to find our grizzled and longest standing member smiling gently at the shocked faces of her sisters. Okay, we did not start up some insane biker girl quilting bee, although the idea would have been good just for the sheer giggle factor, but we do go off on some tangents looking for ideas on how to prevent and cure cabin fever.

It can be a long and cold winter, and to add to that, there are a few days that are nothing more than evil children teasing you with a shiny toy, taking it back as soon as you put out your pudgy little fist to take it. One day will dawn, bright and sunny, almost warm but by the end of the afternoon it is raining or sleeting or heaven help us, snowing, once again. The bike stands silently in the garage, patiently waiting for the days of warmth to come back once again.

We get together for movie nights and poker tournaments and video game play offs. We come here to be around others who are going just as crazy as we are, people who understand. And we all wait for Jaala to show up in her pale pink, spring is here jacket so that we can sigh and know that that first day of riding is coming very, very soon.

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Nov 07, 2010
Bay Area
by: kp

I'm not in the Bay Area, but I have an older brother in Cupertino. He's got about 12 bikes in his garage and every year the day before Christmas he dresses up as Santa, straps a huge stuffed reindeer on the back of his bike and rides! He has a tank bike that he puts small gifts and goodies and delivers to a few good friends' kids. They love it! So, if you ever see a Santa on a Ducati (red of course) around there, stop and say HI from his famous sister!

Nov 05, 2010
Arizona Riding
by: Ruth

Well, moving to AZ would make it so you could ride in the winter, but seriously, I don't think I could even think of riding in the Summer there. Colorado has some perfect weather, year round, believe it or not. Tomorrow Nov 6th is supposed to be almost 80 degrees....we are getting out. Just pick the dry days and bundle up as needed. I know, some places there are not enough layers. Sorry : (

Nov 03, 2010
by: Mary

There's not technically an off season in the Bay Area, but wintertime is usually when it rains. And I'm still a newbie so I'm still not gonna try to ride in heavy rain. But I'm so addicted that I will in light rain, or when the rain lets up. And I'm glad because I can't imagine packing my bike up for the winter!

Sorry, that was a bit like boasting!

Nov 01, 2010
Avoiding PMS
by: Anonymous

How to avoid PMS (park motorcycle syndrome) is to purchase a 2 WD Ural Patrol or gear up. They ride in the snow and ice. After seeing that picture you sent with the email I would love to get my Ural out on those streets.

They are so much fun. Check out some U-tube videos of riding Urals in the snow. One of the Ural riders I know goes up in the mountains with her 2 WD Ural and she loves it. Mine is not 2wd drive but is rides fine in the cold weather and the slippery roads. They were built in Siberia in the Ural Mountains. I love my Ural and for me I cant see riding anything else since I am 2 Wheel challenged.

Happy Riding ladies.

Nov 01, 2010
by: kp

I ski, ice fish, and this year I'm studding my tires on my dual sport to ride on the ice and online shop for motorcycle gear!

Oct 31, 2010
Sydney - Never Snows
by: Wendy - Sydney

Living in such a warm climate - certainly has the benefit of all year round riding. I couldn't imagine not being able to ride my bike for a number of months during the year. I feel your pain...but on the upside at least during those non-riding months, the bike can be completely cleaned and polished and have its annual maintenance and you can plan the first trip on the bike with enough time to get all your friends on board.

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