by Dan Hartman

March has finally arrived and there are only two months left to winter. It’s time to start thinking about the riding season. My Motorcycle battery has been charging on the workbench in the basement all winter. It needs to come out to the garage and go back into the bike. When the weather warms enough, it will be the time to ride again.

In the mean time there are things to do in Minnesota in the winter. I went back to 1997 and found a list of things to do from an old From the Hip column in the February-March issue. I thought it would be fun to revisit the list.

Things to do in Minnesota when it’s cold:

Ice Racing. Yes, you heard me right. Sounds nutty, huh? These wild and crazy folks race motorcycles on frozen lakes with studded tires. It’s dirt track racing on the rocks with a twist. It would be fun to at least watch.

Plan Summer Trips and Events. Where are you going during the 1999 riding season? Don’t let the cold stop you from dreaming. Make your hotel arrangements or reserve your campground stops now. Visit the map store to plan your route. Mark your calendars for the Minnesota 1000 and the Annual Mega Rally in LaCrosse, WI this June. These plans will keep you warm.

Take a Winter Motorcycle Vacation. “Bike Week” in Daytona is the first week of March. Races, rides and life on the beach. That’s what it’s all about. A week in Florida when there’s snow on the ground in Minnesota will make the winter bearable. If you want to attend “Bike Week”, talk to your dealer. Some of them will transport your bike to Florida at a very reasonable rate, and then you can ride your own bike while you’re down there. Don’t forget to drop us a line about your experiences. We love to hear from you. If “Bike Week” isn’t for you, then think about some other place where you can rent a motorcycle and have a great time. Many dealers have bikes to rent. It works just like renting a car. I have had a great time riding the California coast on a Harley I rented in San Francisco a few years ago.

Attend the Supercross in the Metrodome. They build a track on the football field. Winter weather would seem a million miles away.

Go to motorcycle shows and swap meets. You could spend the rest of the winter building a new bike out of parts you get at swap meets. M.M.M. will be there.

Shop for the new bike or leathers you always wanted. Loads of fun, until you get the bill.

Read Minnesota Motorcycle Monthly in front of a fire…with a glass of wine…and somebody warm.

Even winter will pass. Think spring it will come soon. Ride safe and be free.


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