For many motorcyclists, the season of winter represents the time when their motorcycle is to be stored, which means the end of the riding season. For some though the season of winter simply means that they may need to add a couple more layers in order stay warm while their riding. This article will describe the differences in riding seasons based on where you live.
Those that live in the northern areas of the United States understand that there is a shorter riding season, so motorcyclists from these areas understand that they have to store their bikes for the winter and are unable to ride during this time. This means that they have a shortened riding season and less opportunity for riding. It’s no surprise then that the level of excitement for those who ride grows in the spring time when the snow thaws and the roads are almost clear. It’s a sort of spring fever in a sense because their bikes have been stored all winter long and now they’re anxiously waiting the first opportunity to get out and enjoy riding again.
Unlike the northern areas of the United States, the southern areas do not typically have any lasting snow cover, which means motorcyclists can ride year round in these areas. The temperatures can become cool enough, however, to require an increased amount of required gear in order to keep warm. This is often a welcomed requirement by those who can still ride their motorcycles because they love to ride and simply happy that they have the opportunity of doing so unlike those in the northern areas.
One benefit for having a longer riding season is the ability of being able to save money on fuel. Since the motorcycle typically gets better gas mileage than the car or truck, you can save money on gas when there is an opportunity to ride your motorcycle instead of driving your car or truck. Because motorcyclists can ride year round in the southern states, they have more opportunity to save gas money than those that ride in the northern states.
Those that live in the northern states have one benefit and that is because they have a shortened riding season, they are less likely to put on the amount of miles that those in the southern states do, so that means they will have less maintenance and upkeep costs. This will also save on the wear and tear of the motorcycle in the long run because they are generally putting on fewer miles per year.
Living in either region has benefits with respect to the motorcycle riding season, and those benefits may or may not weigh your decision on which region you choose to live. In the end there are great riding opportunities for riding in either region, it’s just that there is a shorter season in the northern region.