End of season musing and holiday wishes

Outside Edge

by George Tranos

Another riding season is just about completed. As you read this, colder weather will have arrived and many of us have already put our motorcycle away for a long winter’s nap. It’s hard to believe that the season has come and gone so quickly! Did you get a chance to make all the motorcycle journeys that you wanted to? I hope your year has been memorable and for all the right reasons.

If you’re like me, you got out less than desired, but still had a great time when you were able to venture out. While I was unable to do any real long trips this year, I enjoyed the many day trips I was able to go on. Our motorcycle school had a successful season and I was able to ride most every day, even if it was only on a small training motorcycle.

One of the clubs that I belong to, the Long Island BMW Riders Club, has an annual mileage contest. Many of the members there put in some serious mileage, some over 20,000 miles a year! Most years, I come in near the bottom in terms of sheer miles driven. This got me to thinking about what constitutes riding experience and what I can do (if anything) to increase my motorcycling enjoyment.

While miles may mean smiles to some people, for others it is the time spent riding that counts. This may also include the hours wrenching on bikes, dreaming about motorcycles, planning motorcycle adventures and in my case, helping others learn to ride and improve their skills. While droning along effortlessly on the interstate for a thousand miles may be someone’s idea of riding fun, others may scoff at that and say that a hundred miles spent riding in the mountains, or on the racetrack is much more enjoyable. To each his or her own!

I am convinced that enjoying the time I have while riding is the key. While I’d like the time to be more, I plan to focus on trying to maximize my enjoyment while in the moment. I’d like to encourage you to enjoy the ride when and where you can. Whether that’s on a trip to the grocery store, a commute to work or that long dreamed about motorcycle adventure, make the most of it!

Now that the season is coming to a close, there are still a couple of winter activities that we can look forward to. The International Motorcycle Show will be at the Jacob Javits Center from December 1st through the 3rd  (see MotorcycleShows.com/city/new-york-ny for more information). This is a great opportunity to see the latest in new motorcycles, gear and equipment.

Lastly, I’d like to wish you a happy and healthy holiday season! While material gifts (like motorcycle stuff) is great, it is the gift of togetherness, friends and family that truly make the holidays special. Please take care of yourself and be thankful for all the good things in life. Here’s to more living, loving and learning in the New Year!