2021 CanAm Spyder RT
Here in Illinois we are supposed to be "sheltering in place", limiting our leaving our homes for trips to the grocery, pharmacy, essential employment as well as to get our exercise through things like walking, bicycle riding and the like. I told some of my family that when the weather warms up a bit I plan on riding my motorcycle as my exercise. That brought out some laughs by some saying that riding a motorcycle is no exercise at all, and that its about the same as driving a car. I admitted that riding a motorcycle was not like running, or bicycling or even walking, but that it was more physically demanding than driving a car. Although I can go for a long ride without a problem, I do find that I am tired after a several hour ride, even on my comfortable Goldwing. The muscle use of arms and legs and back in the controlling of the bike as well as effort expended in stopping, and putting the bike on and off the side stand, etc., is not inconsequential and that riding a motorcycle is actual exercise. I don't think I convinced any of my non riding relatives, including my skeptical wife. But my wife did admit that as a passenger when we ride two up, at the end of a two hour or longer ride she is tired as well, admitting that this must mean than she is physically involved even as a passenger. What do you think? Is riding exercise, or just an excuse to go for a ride?