I’ve been meaning to post this for the past couple of days but I just haven’t had time.
Here’s my quandary. This happened on Monday, but it’s noticeable any day with similar weather conditions:
It was a nice, cool but clear morning; on the way to work, I saw probably 20 motorcycles on the road…other than me, of course.
On the way home, I saw one. Two counting me.
What was the difference? On the way home it was raining. Not too badly, but it had been raining pretty hard off and on all afternoon.
Here’s my question: How did all those people who rode motorcycles to work in the morning, get back home in the evening? Do they leave their bikes at work and have someone else take them home? Call their wives/husbands to come pick them up? Take the bus? Drive their bikes home at the first sign of weather and get their cars?
I just don’t understand it. I realize that most motorcycle riders (especially these days) are not really “bikers”. They’re hobbyists or fair weather riders; but I don’t get how they work that out when the weather is only fair for half the day.
One other thing I’ve noticed lately. A LOT more riders wearing full ballistic gear, even on cruisers or tourers, commuting to and from work. It seems that gas prices have enticed quite a few newbies to take up motorcycles for their commute.
A distinctive feature of these newer riders is that they rarely wave at other riders. For them, it seems it’s a practical thing…the bike is just another vehicle that gets good gas mileage…and as a result they don’t consider themselves among the brotherhood of bikers.
And, I would imagine, those are the very people who only ride one way when the weather goes pear shaped…but I still don’t understand the logistics of that particular trait.
Oh well…no skin off my butt. It was just something that is distinctly obvious under circumstances like Monday’s and got me wondering. Pretty soon, as with every year, I’ll be one of the very few bikes on the road for several months anyway.
By the way…the other biker I saw on my way home from work on Monday? He waved.