Thinking About Past Moto Rides

Commuting on a motorcycle is much different than touring.  I was thinking about people that ride their motorcycles less than a thousand miles a year, those that just tour occasionally and those that use a motorcycle as their main mode of transportation.  I’m not knocking on anyone that loves riding their cycle.  If you ride yours 10 miles a year and that works for you, awesome!  I personally ride my bikes to work almost everyday I can unless I get lazy or it snows or rains (I hate riding in the wet).

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On the way back from Bear Lake Epic Trek 2017

I use my 2015 Honda Grom to commute and to tour and I will say riding a Grom is an exercise in managing momentum.  I love it, but it ain’t for everyone.  The gas mileage I see ranges based on how I drive, the load I carry and the temperature outside, which means I see from 109 to 132.  And make no mistake I’ve seen 130’s in a row for long streches in the summer and I weigh way over 200lbs. My mileage did make a jump up by like 8 mpg when I added the Brock’s Short Meg exhuast.

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Brock’s Short Meg is loud, but it works!

There is a big difference between touring and commuting.  I love commuting on the Grom because of the mileage, parking advantages and maneuverability.   It also gives me about 40 or 45 mins of therapy before and after work, which I love.  But, touring is so much more fun.  It can be painful if you have a Grom stock seat, but there is something about the planning, packing and total focus on the ride.  When my brothers and I tour it is about the road, the destination is secondary.  It is about becoming one with the bike and the area you are riding.  You see things differently on a motorcycle, even smells are more poignant.

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D always has to out do me, 9656 feet for him.

I think back on different little tours like important moments in my life.  I watch the videos and remember time with my brothers, and the smell of the eucalyptus even fills my nostrils when I think of riding down the coast in California.  If you do a lot of commuting and using that motorcycle as a tool take some time to use it as a toy as well.  Do some multi-day touring and get your butt sore.  There is something about seeing things from the back of a bike and nothing compares.

Here’s some of our vintage Honda CT110 touring, so much fun on a little bike.

 

 

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3 thoughts on “Thinking About Past Moto Rides

  1. Nicely said. I love commuting on a bike … any bike. But touring is just in a different league. There is nothing better than emerging from the tent to see the bike there ready for another full days adventure.

    And riding in different countries is a further extension to that – you get a completely different perspective and feel more connected.

    Not sure about touring on a grom though…

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