By George Tranos

As the riding season slowly winds down, now is the time to be thankful for all the wonderful days of riding had during the year. Here in the northeast, we had a great season with terrific weather most of the time. The summer was unseasonably warm, with over three months in a row with temperatures above 80 degrees. I hope you had a chance to take advantage of this glorious weather!

Even the fall has been great, with beautiful, warm climate. As I write this in early November, we have had three straight days of seventy degrees! While that won’t last for long, there still will be some nice days when you’ll be able to get out and ride before having to put the bike away for the winter.

There was a time when I used to ride year round. Back in the late 1970’s, when I was going to college, I had an eight mile commute from my home in Westchester County, New York to Fordham University in the Bronx. I rode right through the winter on all but the snowiest days. I was poor and didn’t own a car and my motorcycle was my ticket to adventure. I braved the cold with extra layers and had a snowmobile suit that I used when it would get downright frosty! I can’t tell you the looks I used to get coming into class with my riding gear and helmet. I was happy to be riding and thankful for the transportation but wary of the riding conditions.

Of course, now I’m much more careful and choosy when it comes to picking days to ride. If there is any chance of black ice, then I’ll take the car. I am thankful that I have a choice and can use a more stable vehicle or even just stay home during bad weather. But I sure miss the smile that riding puts on my face when I’m not on my bike!


The Progressive International Motorcycle Show returns to the Jacob Javits Convention Center in Manhattan on December 11 through 13. Show hours are 2 pm to 9 pm on Friday, 9 am to 9 pm on Saturday and 9 am to 5 pm on Sunday. The show is a great place to see the latest motorcycles, gear and accessories. See: for more information.


2015 has been a great year. I hope you’ve had a chance to enjoy it! Every year brings its joys and challenges. I’d like to thank you for being a reader of this column. I’ve enjoyed writing it and hope you’ve gotten something out of it as well. If you’re not yet a rider, consider joining us in 2016 by taking a motorcycle course near you. If you are already riding, I wish you clear roads, a safe journey and the sun at your back. Best wishes for a happy holiday season and a healthy new year!

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