Inspired by this article in Revzilla, I started thinking about what I could do for the good of motorcycling in 2018.
First, keep writing articles here! By sharing rides, camping trips, and mindful experiences, maybe this year this site will be the conversation starter that gets someone new into motorcycling. I’ll be at the Brewtown Rumble and the Milwaukee Rally.
Secondly, continue my work with ABATE of Wisconsin. We are looking at rolling out a new website for ABATE and hopefully attract more people to the cause of motorcycle rights.
Of course, I’m going to have to get out there and ride. We’re already seeing signs that we might have some early warm days like we did last year. There’s risk of over-promising and under-delivering, but I’d like to personally get out for at least these trips in 2018:
(Don’t tell Mrs. Roadrunner, I like to spring things on her one at a time)
It’s the time of year where I am just dying to ride. My car feels like, well, a cage, and my body is screaming for sunshine. Due to some unseasonably warm weather the ice melted and on Saturday, February 18th I started the riding season.
This was my first time at Mama Tried, and due to the unusually warm weather it was a shitshow getting inside, even with my ABATE vendor badge. For a while they weren’t even letting vendors inside, and kept only letting people in as others left late into Saturday. Me and Bart got to skip most of the line, but here’s a panorama where you can see it wrapping around the block.
This is an important event for Abate of Wisconsin, since this year we’re all about connecting with the next generation of riders. Mama Tried has a very grass-roots custom builder feel to it. Choppers, cafe racers, flat track racing, and usually ice racing. The ice racing had to be cancelled this year because it was too warm! People building and racing their own bikes is a part of the past, present, and hopefully future of motorcycle riding in the USA; some notable people seem to agree with me.
I’m not much of a salesman, but I did get a couple of people to join Abate of Wis, and got to see a lot of interesting bikes, bikers, and gear. My only regret is not getting there in time to get a Mama Tried patch for my vest. I’ll definitely attend next year. I should have taken some pics of bikes, but I’m a moron and I had to work the booth besides.