What's Your Favorite Riding Season?

September 11, 2018 - 02:28 PM

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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And then there's the winter. Does anyone prefer winter riding over the other seasons?

Anyone?

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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September 12, 2018 - 11:39 AM
Being a Californian I love having the ability to ride year round. That being said, I would say that fall is my favorite season, although spring is great too! I love riding up into the mountains to see the fall colors and enjoy the cooler temperatures. It gets pretty hot in the summer in Northern California, so I usually avoid going east and will usually ride to the cooler Northern coastal areas.
September 12, 2018 - 11:55 AM
Fall means no more monsoon moisture in the southwest. But it runs the risk of early snow along the Continental Divide. But all the things this article mentions are certainly the pluses. And yes, Cali is a rider's dream come true.
September 12, 2018 - 01:01 PM
Fall...with all the colors]riding thru the Ozarks & Quachita Mts. though it can be great distraction.
September 12, 2018 - 01:16 PM
Here in Cape Town, South Africa autumn, winter and spring are the best seasons as the last few summers has seen the temperature reaching 100+ degrees Fahrenheit (40c), which makes riding a bit uncomfortable. Winter rarely gets below 50 and although there is rain it comes for a few days then clears and we get a about week of cool but sunny days.
September 12, 2018 - 02:15 PM
Here in the Houston/Galveston area of Texas the winters are somewhat mild with a few exceptions of freezing and some ice but for the most part we all ride year round. I must say though, Spring is my favorite time as flowers are blooming and the weather is very pleasant. Any time we can get some wind therapy, whatever time of year, is GREAT.
September 12, 2018 - 06:28 PM
I love fall riding the best. Usually cooler weather, color changes taking place, wonderful smells, aaahhh FALL! Best riding on the year
September 12, 2018 - 08:39 PM
I have been riding 55 years so, I have less time left. I ride 6 months in Qu├ębec and 6 months in Florida. I just came back from the cemetery to ask my father to take my mother with him and to protect me on the bike. I wish everybody a safe ride.
September 13, 2018 - 07:05 AM
Living in Queensland Australia we ride all year round, winter can get a bit cold 4deg celsius and summer up in the high 30's low 40's, truly GOD"s country.
No matter where you ride, may it be upright.
September 13, 2018 - 07:21 AM
I live in South Louisiana and ride year round. Although it gets really hot in the summers with temps in the mid 90s and humidity near 90 pretty much all summer. My preference is to ride in the winter. There is an exhilaration that I feel while riding when the temps are in the 20sF-30sF that I do not feel at any other time. I love it. Can't wait to try the seat and grip heaters for the first time on my new 2018 Wing.
September 13, 2018 - 07:50 AM
Seeing how I live in Canada, I like summer for riding best. For those that get to ride year round - I hate you all. LOL. I do enjoy Spring and Fall riding but it can get dicey. This winter I'm thinking of renting a U-Haul truck and driving south until there's no snow. Then ride my butt off. I hope that will hold me over until Spring rolls around.
September 13, 2018 - 12:27 PM
In Texas we can ride all year long. The summer time for me can be too hot so I tend to ride in the mornings during the summer. Spring and Fall are when we go on our extended rides. Love the fall when the leaves are turning. The winter provides more challenges here in Texas. I can be out for a long weekend and go from warm to freezing in no time. All and All I just love to ride.
September 14, 2018 - 05:57 PM
I live in Virginia and prefer Spring riding. The way I view riding is that if it's too cold add a layer, but when it's too hot there is only so much you can remove. I ride with full gear all the time. I ride year long just not in precipitation (rain, snow, ice, sleet). I just appropriately for the weather and season. Always put on sunscreen.

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