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post #1 of 14 (permalink) Unread 06-07-2019, 11:42 AM Thread Starter
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Accused of insanity...

So it's a rainy day here in central Kentucky and I get up, look at my cage, then gear up and ride the Vulcan to work. Being looked at like a lunatic (or a simpleton).
I can't be the only one here who loves to ride so much that I look at rain or cold as just weather that I shouldn't be punished for by driving my truck.
Anyone else have similar experiences with this?
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Yeah. I got some odd looks and "you're crazy" comments on days I rode to work when it was less than 15 F (or less than 40 F, for that matter). Or on days I rode hundreds of miles on the highway in steady rain to get where I needed to go.

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Nine years ago due to some economic hardships I had to decide cage vs bike , the bike won, so for the past nine years I've been riding my bike to work everyday , and although the weather over here is mild in the winter , it never snows or go below 2C /36F , during the rainy season we get our fair share of precipitation, so if it's raining I don't have an option but to suit up, so far no regrets and enjoying everyday , and yes I get the weird looks and also the coments "doesn't it bother you when it rains , how can you stand it, etc, etc". Happy to know I'm not an isolated case.
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Cool quite insane

I would also be in this category, I usually have to start my truck up on occasion just to keep the battery up and I will try to drive it to the store sometimes so the tires don't dry rot. I work for Cooper Tire and I get an employee discount on tires but they last so long because they don't get used.

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To financially justify the purchase of my first bike (difference of gas bill between car and bike) in 1980, I rode it almost every day for 2 years in southeast PA. Only time I didn't ride it was when there was snow on the ground when I left home. Yes, I did ride home in the snow sometimes (yes, I was that stubborn/stupid).

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post #6 of 14 (permalink) Unread 06-12-2019, 01:21 PM
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I get the "you're insane" comments not so much for riding in bad weather, but for just riding a bike in general. A few coworkers of mine always feel the need to share with me the latest news whenever they hear about a motorcyclist who was killed or injured in an accident. They don't share the same enthusiasm when I mention all of the car accidents that I saw or heard about on the way in to work.

Respect to you MisterG for not being a fair weather rider, which I myself have been guilty of from time to time.
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post #7 of 14 (permalink) Unread 06-13-2019, 11:54 AM
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I would commute more on my bikes, but I just can't get over the horrible drivers here. It's gotten so bad that unless it's beautiful out and I haven't ridden in a while, I'm taking my truck.

Say what you will, but foul or hot weather mixed with bad drivers equals no bike for me.

Good on you for riding though!


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post #8 of 14 (permalink) Unread 06-13-2019, 02:03 PM
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Sorry if its below 50F or raining I'm using the car.
Below freezing temps - WHAT!
Some of us are fair weather riders I guess.

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post #9 of 14 (permalink) Unread 06-13-2019, 05:33 PM
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I guess I am also certifiably insane...

The day the Dr gave me clearance to go back to work, I hopped on the same bike and went for a ride. I now use that same bike for my daily commute to my new full-time job, and my part-time/sometimes job at the cycle shop (more along the lines of "as often as I can get there").

Here in FL, we don't see snow, but liquid sunshine is quite frequent. Just today, it rained on my way to work, and on the way home. Such is life. But of course, it was nice and sunny (and muggy) all day at work...

Being recently off the bench, money has been tight, and to be honest, the bike is the only vehicle I have with a valid tag right now. A couple good paychecks and I'll get my insurance and renew my tags for my truck and van, but even then, I'll be primarily riding the bike.

Generally for me, it's got to be heavy winds or temps 40 and under with rain, or some other serious weather issues to keep me from riding.

Of course, that doesn't count the days I end up carrying stuff too big to safely carry on the bike, but that's another situation entirely...
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post #10 of 14 (permalink) Unread 06-18-2019, 07:23 AM
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I don't mind suiting up when it's cold, but if I know it will be pouring rain all day I'll take the cage. I just don't like the way my bike handles wet roads, had a couple scary incidents. Having said that, I did ride in the pouring rain from Pittsburgh to Bristol, TN., one day. Good rain suit, kept nice and dry - except for my chin. :-)


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