When to leave it in the garage.

Discussion in 'The Perfect Line and Other Riding Myths' started by BetterLateThanNever, Jun 14, 2018.

  1. BetterLateThanNever

    BetterLateThanNever Long timer

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    Picked up some kind of summer cold this week, so no riding for a day or two. It was a clear choice in this case, but it got me wondering: Obviously, not many people ride only when they're feeling physically and emotionally absolutely perfect. So, how do you decide when to leave your bike parked?
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  2. millican

    millican Been here awhile

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    free-flowing snot and helmets don't mix, otherwise, riding is fine
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  3. SlipChip

    SlipChip Adventure Commuter

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    This is why I got a modular helmet. Lift the lid, hoch-p'tooie...
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  4. little foot

    little foot Super Mediator

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    When it rains.
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  5. DesertPilot

    DesertPilot Been here awhile

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    First days of rain here in the fall, while all the California drivers are remembering that yes, there is this thing called 'weather', which maybe, just maybe, should affect their behavior.

    After they've got this sorted out, and all the wreckage has been cleared from the streets, I figure it's OK to go riding again...
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  6. Baconologist

    Baconologist Been here awhile

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    when the bike is out of gas, and I'm out of money
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  7. ivantheterrible

    ivantheterrible Long timer

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    Sometimes the weather is fine, I don't have any other pressing business, and I was planning on riding, but I'm just not feeling it. I need to be 75/80% emotionally and physically before I'll choose to ride.

    Sometimes, say I rode to work, had a shitty work day, then have to ride home, I can get my head screwed on straight for that, but I wouldn't choose to ride if I wasn't in the right frame of mind.
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  8. CaseyJones

    CaseyJones Ridin' that train

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    When it's not fun.

    Cold weather; bad weather; slippery/salty road surface (Black Ice or spring residual road salt). Illness or hangover.

    If it's not enjoyable, don't do it. You save gas on a bike, but not enough to make up for the misery when you're not feeling well - and are exposing yourself to chills. Or to compensate for the added risk when you're not at 100 percent.

    If you're on a trip, riding in the rain is a given. If you're home, why bother? You wouldn't mow your lawn in the rain - why ride a motorcycle?
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  9. TheProphet

    TheProphet Retired; Living the Dream

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    When you are so pissed off about something that you want to kill someone....

    Don't ride.
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    Too much booze to late the night before....

    Or a flat tire and empty gas tank....
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    When the medication says "impairs driving" other then that if it's a nasty head cold I'll wear a 3/4, the fresh air does wonders.
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    Sburke Been here awhile

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    Really poor weather, and lack of sleep.
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  13. thejrod

    thejrod Been here awhile

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    Never?

    If I'm too sick to ride, then I'm probably too sick to drive too.
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  14. PlainClothesHippy

    PlainClothesHippy Caution: NO humans before coffee.

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    I don't have a set rule but I know when I don't feel up to it I don't second guess. If I have to ask myself, I already know the answer.

    I have on one occasion parked the bike for a month after hearing that quiet voice in my head that said, "If you ride right now you will die." I was young and suffering from overconfidence.
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    dtysdalx2 PITA but useful

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    pointerDixie214 Been here awhile

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    This. 100%.

    There are days I start getting my gear out, and put it right back because I'm not feeling it.

    I don't mind riding in the rain, but I sure won't set out to do it on purpose. Helps to have a car you like too.
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    Diarrhea. Nothing worse than an urgent need to void your bowels while riding. Obviously also some weather, depending how bad it is, how far I'm going, and whether there is a warm shower at the destination.
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    Once back in my motocross racing days, I had planned on racing the annual series at the area track. The first round came, I felt sick that day, I didn't have anyone to go with me, and the track was over two hours away. At the last minute, I decided to go ahead. I rode well, won both my motos, and went on to win the championship in my class. I was so glad that I went...
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