Using my motorcycle as a primary vehicle is great… in June. But I’ve been riding since February and, sometimes, I think maybe I began the season too soon. Here are some signs that indicate as much:
1. I know things that I should not know - like that my bike starts happily at 0 degrees Celsius, but struggles to start at -1 and colder.
2. I carry an ice scraper for my seat.
3. It takes me longer to put on all my cold weather riding gear than it does to ride to work.
4. I have a winter front on my radiator.
5. Instead of ignoring me, motorists stare and sometimes give me a big “thumbs-up.”
6. Other people stop to scold me for recklessly endangering my life by riding when there’s snow and ice.
7. Most motorists, however, are not yet conditioned to see motorcycles. They cannot see me, like the natives that could not see giant ships moored offshore when Columbus arrived in South America. Drivers will stop at a stop sign, look right at me, and then move into the intersection (forcing me to squeak my tiny horn).
8. I look forward to the end of the ride more than the start of the ride.
9. Before riding to the grocery store, I have to check the short range weather forecast to see if I’ll make it home.
10. What am I, David Letterman? I can’t think of 10 things.