I have several different coping strategies.
One is to use the time to review all the stuff we need to know to survive on the roads by reading Proficient Motorcycling, More Proficient Motorcycling, and various lists of tips and safety articles on the Internet. Another is to regularly browse through some of 200+ bike-related web sites I have bookmarked.
I have a DVD of Long Way Round to watch this winter. Iím about 150 pages into Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance Ė not an easy read but hopefully a rewarding one.
Our family attempts to get out skiing and snowboarding every weekend. I usually attend a couple of the four Toronto area motorcycle shows over the winter.
This all helps, but canít touch the feeling of firing up the bike on a cool summer morning to head off for a day ride on a favourite route through central Ontario.
Hurry up Spring!!
2008 Kawasaki KLR 650 (My newest - boosted to 688 cc)
2005 Blue DL650 (sold with regret - hurt the knees)
2007 Boulevard C50 (Wife's bike)
If your nose is close to the grindstone and you hold it here long enough, in time youíll say thereís no such thing as brooks that babble and birds that sing. These three will all your world compose: just you, the stone, and your poor old nose.
Inscription on a 200-year old gravestone.