by Victor Wanchena
As dog days of summer of drawn to a close, cooler temperatures and shorter days are now here. As autumn slowly closes in I begin to look back and reflect on the riding I have done this year. Places I’ve seen and people I’ve met. But there seems to be a consistent regret I have each and every year. That is, I wish I had made an effort to ride more. Sure we all wish we could ride more, it’s sort of a no-brainer. Those odd ducks that actually wish they were riding less can stop reading at this point and turn to the funny cartoon on the next page.
Truth be told publishing a motorcycle publication involves much less riding than one might imagine. I keep holding on for the day when a major motorcycle manufacturer comes calling says something to the effect, “Victor, we need riding prowess to tell us how to make our bikes better. Here’s a 6-figure salary and we need you to be on the road 300 days a year.” But I have a better chance with the lottery than that little dream coming true, come on Powerball.
The reality is that for most riders balancing time vs. money vs. spousal approval proves to be a delicate game to say the least. This balancing act often resembles a tightrope walker’s performance. Use up any one of the three factors and you can find yourself paying for it later. Burning up those precious two weeks of vacation on a round the country tour may set your mind at ease but it has a tendency to push a hot button or two with spouses. And what will keep you focused the other 350 days of the year? Those of you that find yourself in a “Then Came Bronson” scenario, also known as, a friend leaves you a bike in his will and you decide to drop out of society, well you have my sympathy or is that envy.
It can be difficult at times to appreciate the time you do get in the saddle. It’s easy to fall prey to the idea that once you hop on your bike if you don’t cross at least one time zone it was a wasted trip. But the fact is that ride through the soft amber glow of streetlights can be just as fulfilling as two-wheels across America. It really depends on your state of mind. Every trip can be an adventure if you look at it right. You can find a good ride anywhere you point your front wheel.
What really comes down to is that we all need to appreciate the time we get in the saddle. Whether you’re burning up the highways on a multi-state tour or just taking the long way home from work. Enjoy what you get and make the best of it.
This month ride fast, take chances and do it on the long way home from work.