Or in other words, it’s freaking winter in MO and it is the pits.
I know, I know, if you’re like me, you can ride year round, but it’s those hard-core winter months on the Great Plains that can really put a crimp in your riding style.
Craftsman Lifts, up, up and away
So, what do we do about it? After scouring the planet… OK, my garage to be totally honest, and combined with thousands of hours of diligent research… all right, a couple of hours in a few cycle related forums I peruse from time to time. I, with the help of our peers, have come up with the perfect solution for those soul dampening winter months.
Check this out man. First thing we have to do, is put the bike up on the lift, so you can sit on it upright like you’re riding. (If you don’t have a lift, just set a 2x4 under the jiffy stand)
Fan: floor type, upright
Then you get one of those wally world special floor fans and set it on the ground in front of the bike.
Get out a couple CD’s of some good old southern rock and roll, and get prepared to spend a couple hours in the saddle.
We’ve assembled most, but not all of the needed items for our cold-weather-beating, soul-regenerating illusion.
Here is what we do… I know you see this coming, but bare with me man, I’m diggin this bit…
Green Grass and High Tides makes for difficult
Fire up the rock and roll, or head fixin tune-age of your choice, turn on the fan and jump on the scooter and away we go!
Ain’t this great, man?! You have the wind in your hair, you’re grooving to some killer tunes and once again, the World spins with a negligible wobble.
Throw your feet up on the highway pegs, give a little left and right action to the handlebars every once in a while, and we can eat a couple hundred miles no sweat.
To add to the illusion have one of the kids throw some old bugs through the fan… you can find an ample supply behind the washer and dryer. At least I did. The occasional almond shot through said fan really does wonders at simulating that occasional June bug off the forehead at speed also. I recommend wearing goggles if you’re attempting this re-creation.