In the Springtime, temperatures are rising, days getting longer and life is begininning to bloom again. For most of us, after months of our Wings hibernating in the garage while we closely monitor our favorite Gold Wing forum, we're itching to get on the road and ride mile after liberating mile. Spring riding offers a sense of hope and renewal that the other seasons can't.
Although, Summer offers even warmer weather more consistently and added hours of sunshine. There's less chance of rain, well, raining on your parade (both literally and figuratively)! You don't have as many potential dangers lurking around the corner like you do with some of the other seasons. For example, in the Spring there tends to still be salt, mud and gravel lounging about on the road. Cars and trucks tend to forget about motorcyclists over the Winter months so when Spring rolls around there's a higher risk of getting into an accident compared to the Summer. Additionally, as with any other skill, if we're not able to ride regularly during the winter months we are usually pretty rusty at first when we start riding again. Think preseason football or basketball. It's not that fun to watch even professional athletes at the highest level get back into playing shape. It's not that we forgot how to ride our Wing altogether. We can still jump on and ride for days, but we can sometimes forget the small habits for safe riding. Our reaction time may not be as quick at first. By summertime we've ironed out all the kinks.
At the same time, during the summer it can get unbearably hot in certain parts of the world. It's critical that you wear the appropriate gear and drink plenty of fluids, especially when touring. Sporting a tank-top, shorts and sandals is definitely NOT the answer. Even mesh gear and a modular or open-face helmet can leave you a sweaty mess under imperfect circumstances. It's not uncommon for many places to surpass 100 degrees Fahrenheit (About 38 degrees Celsius) during the hottest periods of the summer.
Fall, on the other hand, just might be the sweet spot. What's that smell in the air? Cool, crisp refreshing fall, that's what! Yes, the days are shorter compared to the summer months but the colors are changing and the temperatures are lower which makes for longer, more comfortable riding. Additionally, fall is the perfect time for visiting national parks. Not only is the weather cooler, but there is more wildlife to experience and less people to contend with.
And then there's the winter. Does anyone prefer winter riding over the other seasons?
If you live in places like California, Texas or Florida you have the freedom to ride year round so winter certainly doesn't deter you. For most riders, however, severe weather conditions can force them to stash their Wings in the garage for a few long and torturous months.
In the end, it all comes down to preference, doesn't it? Some riders enjoy warmer weather while others prefer cool air and warm jackets. One might get a kick out of meeting a lot of people along the way and lean toward summer riding. Alternatively, another might appreciate a laid-back, less crowded scenic ride with their closest friends. So they would probably gravitate towards traveling in the fall. It's not about what season is the best, but what season works best for your habits, personality and preferences.
What about you? What's your favorite season for cruising on your Wing? We'd love to know! Tell us by leaving a comment and, no matter when you ride, ride safe!
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