2021 CanAm Spyder RT
Yesterday was about as perfect a day for riding could be around here. Low 70's, somewhat overcast skies (so no need for squinting regardless of what direction I was riding in), and being a work day not a lot of traffic on the road. I was out for about 3 hours and 140 miles through the countryside, down along the river, and passing through several towns and small cities. What I noticed was that when passing a bar or tavern in these towns there were always a bunch of bikes parked in front. Why these riders were sitting at a dark bar rather than enjoying this rare perfect day mystifies me, and it seemed pretty obvious that most of these bikes were of a particular brand. When I lived in Milwaukee a number of years ago I had a few neighbors who owned the local motorcycle brand but rarely seemed to ride their bikes. One neighbor admitted that in the 3 years that he had owned his 1200cc Sportster he had never ridden more than a few miles at a time, going to and from a local watering hole. To him, owning the bike was a sort of fashion statement, and most of the clothing that I would see him wear, day in and day out, were with his brand's name and logo prominently displayed. So I think that yesterday I was seeing a lot more of these faux riders. But each to their own, and if someone wants to skip a perfect day for riding by sitting on a barstool it is certainly their right, but it does seem odd that the parked bikes all seemed like one brand, and certainly were all cruisers or cruiser full dressers. I didn't see a single sport bike, or adventure bike, or scooter or another Goldwing (which is what I was riding) parked anywhere but did see many of all of these types out on the roads enjoying the day.