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Fair Weather Riders

Posted: Sat Nov 11, 2006 7:43 pm
by Mintbread
As the weather has started to warm up down under I have noticed a lot more bikes on the road and more guys are riding their bikes in to work.
I, on the other hand, ride my bike all year round regardless if it is cold or pouring with rain and just shake my head at these limp-wristed part-time riders and constantly question their commitment to motorcycling in general.

We do not get months of snow over here that would make it physically impossible to ride so my question is only relative to cold weather and rain.

Are you a fair weather rider and if so, why?

Posted: Sat Nov 11, 2006 7:50 pm
by Andrew
Ask me at the end of the winter...

I plan on riding through the winter, and don't consider myself a fair weather rider, but I don't see any problem with those who are. If riding is supposed to be enjoyable, why ride if the weather is keeping you from having fun?

The only thing that will keep me from riding(for now) is heavy rain or ice. Luckily, we don't get much of that here(TX).

Posted: Sat Nov 11, 2006 7:56 pm
by blues2cruise
I'm not necessarily a fair weather rider, but there are certain conditions that will make me use my car.

Right now the roads are particularly bad dues to the combination of extreme rain and autumn leaves. The roads are very slick.

I don't mind if it's plain old rain or a bit cold.

Posted: Sat Nov 11, 2006 7:59 pm
by gsJack
I have ridden year round here in NE Ohio since I started riding 22 years ago at age 52. Usually like it above 20F, but have been out when colder. Don't ride if streets are slippery with ice or snow, wait a bit till they spread the salt and then go rust collecting. :D

Posted: Sat Nov 11, 2006 7:59 pm
by scan
I don't ride for a living, nor do I need to ride to work, as I work at home. I am a fair weather rider by definition. I don't ride in the rain unless I plan a trip and it rains that weekend, or if I'm somewhere and it rains before I get back. Otherwise I won't leave on purpose when it is raining. In the off season when it is very cold I pick the warmest of the cold days to run the bike for an half-hour or so every week or so. I prefer to ride in the nice weather, but I have been out in the rain, and I run my bike in the Winter when I never see another bike on the road besides me. That make me feel slightly hardcore.

Posted: Sat Nov 11, 2006 8:22 pm
by jonnythan
That's a really elitist, snobbish attitude.

As if these other riders don't meet your standards for being "committed" to the sport. They're not up to your requirements for being "motorcyclists."

What the @%!# do you care if they enjoy riding in the cold and rain?

Posted: Sat Nov 11, 2006 9:12 pm
by Mintbread
Of course it is a commitment thing.

If a swimmer does not want to get up before dawn and swim laps, or a body builder doesn't spend countless hours in the gym then they are less committed than those that do.

Simple.

Posted: Sat Nov 11, 2006 9:20 pm
by Andrew
There is a huge difference between any exercise regimen wher a few days off will set you back big time vs. riding a motorcycle. That's a horrible comparison.

Posted: Sat Nov 11, 2006 9:21 pm
by Shorts
But isn't doing the activity essentially "committed". Body builders have a point to reach, winning contests. Swimmers have a goal to reach, winning meets. Motorcycle riders - they ride their bikes when they feel it. Is that the whole point, going for a ride?? Who cares when you do it.


That said, most of our riding is fair weather, it gets pretty crappy out here. Since now 95% of our riding is 2up to explore and chill, yes we like the fair weather. We have been caught in downpours. We never intentionally leave when its raining. But we do leave for rides knowing its cold outside, it gets you all frisky.

It isn't fun when the activity you're doing makes you miserable. Part of that is wearing the right gear. Some is being sure about your ability in the bad weather. There's a lot of reasons that factor in to 'fair weather riders'. That'll pass with time. And isn't that what being committed is about, putting in the time for the long term?

Posted: Sat Nov 11, 2006 9:22 pm
by Mintbread
Andrew wrote: wher a few days off will set you back big time
I didn't realise that I said anything about a few days off. That assumption was horrible.

Posted: Sat Nov 11, 2006 9:29 pm
by Andrew
No, you spoke about taking an entire season off. I was pointing out why those other activities require commitment. A few days off hurts a lot, so it's important to stay committed. The same thing can't be said for riding a motorcycle.

Posted: Sat Nov 11, 2006 9:35 pm
by Andrew
Riding season, but it really doesn't matter. We're not talking about the number of days. I just don't understand what 'being more committed' is supposed to prove. But hey, whatever makes you happy.

Posted: Sat Nov 11, 2006 9:37 pm
by 307T
I'm on the same wavelength as Scan. I make no excuses such as my age, where I live, or what I ride, that's just the way it is. You asked and you can consider me a fair weather rider by choice.

Posted: Sat Nov 11, 2006 9:39 pm
by Mintbread
Andrew wrote:I just don't understand what 'being more committed' is supposed to prove.
That you will ride regardless.

Geez, it isn't that difficult...

Posted: Sat Nov 11, 2006 11:21 pm
by Sev
I'm a fair weather rider. If there's ice on the ground... I don't ride.

Fair weather is a relative term ;). I'm hoping to compete in an ice race with my class this year though :D!

Posted: Sat Nov 11, 2006 11:36 pm
by VermilionX
i don't enjoy riding in the rain, hard rain, snow, hail, thick fog.

i already experienced it. it's just not fun for me.

i also don't like canyon riding at night.

Posted: Sun Nov 12, 2006 12:22 am
by Kal
The point there is snow and ice on the ground then I question if I should be committed, I certainly stop taking the huge joy rides that are normal in the summer.

Motorbikes have never really been a sport for me. I came up from the Metallers in a Biker pub so bikes are just an extension of who I am, later they are a form of transport but sport? Not really.

Andrew wrote:No, you spoke about taking an entire season off. I was pointing out why those other activities require commitment. A few days off hurts a lot, so it's important to stay committed. The same thing can't be said for riding a motorcycle.


If you take an entire season off then you will not be as good at the start of the next season than you were at the end of the last. Practise is everything. It's why over here there is a higher percentage of accidents per bikes on the road in springtime than there is in winter.

Posted: Sun Nov 12, 2006 12:25 am
by CajunBass
I ride in some pretty crappy weather. A lot of times my bike is the only one in the parking lot at work. I've got a 156 mile RT and I've made it in temps down below 20, and as high as 100+. I've ridden in hard rain, toad strangler thunderstorm, in fog, day, night, even once in a dusting of snow. I logged just over 20,000 miles in the last year.

Having said that, I did it because I wanted to, not to prove anything to anyone. Just tonight, the weather forcast is calling for heavy rain by morning. (I'm working the graveyard shift.) I didn't feel like riding in the rain. I drove the car.

I guess I'm not "committed" enough for you. So you win.

Posted: Sun Nov 12, 2006 1:03 am
by earwig
I ride for enjoyment only. Just like how people watch tv or play video games. If it is cold out I'd rather be comfortable in my truck with heat and comfy seats... if it is raining I'd rather stay dry and warm. If I have to put any extra effort into riding because of the weather I'd rather just drive. I think not riding every day/all the time keeps it exciting and gives me something to look forward to. I think people like you (mintbread) who brag about anything they do more than someone else or brag about being hardcore are really just lame.

Posted: Sun Nov 12, 2006 1:31 am
by KingRobb
I even ride when i am on fire and its sleeting.

Thru godzillas urine or earthquakes opening the ground. There are none as hardcore as I.

Get over it.

Besides chrome looks yechy when its rained and road crudded on.