What Saying My Motorcycle Has Never Seen the Rain Really Means

written by David Mixson

I chuckle every time I hear someone say:

“My motorcycle has never seen the rain.” 

I don’t understand why this is something to brag about. 

When you make this statement, what you’re really saying is that you don’t ride much. So, wouldn’t it be easier just to say it?

“I have a motorcycle, but I don’t ride it very much.”

If you ride for long enough, you’ll get wet. It’s guaranteed. I’ve been caught in wet weather when the weatherperson said there was no chance of rain. I’ve had to suit up when it was pouring because I needed to make it to the next city before dark.

I’ve been caught in fog, wet, cold, heat—and even a popup thunderstorm from hell in Idaho. 

I shared that story in Motorcycle Dream Ride.

Missing Out

If your bike has never seen the rain, you’ve missed out on one of the most joyous things you can do on two wheels.

My first ride in the rain was unexpected—and wet. I thought I was prepared, but I wasn’t. But with the right attitude, it was also magnificent, so much so that I wrote about the experience in Motorcycle Hacks

Getting caught riding in the rain isn’t something you should be embarrassed about. It’s something you should smile about—especially if you have the proper riding gear.

* This article is an excerpt from my book Motorcycle Hacks.

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About the Author

David Mixson writes about the topics other motorcycle books gloss over. He worked as a NASA engineer for over thirty years and is the author of three books.

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