Top 10 Excuses to go for a Motorcycle Ride

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1. “Testing” Motorcycles

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Yes, this excuse is a little self-serving, but it also happens to be true. As cool as it is to work for a motorcycle publication, we spend the majority of our work days strapped to our computers … typing. With no MO central office where we park our butts during the business day, we all work at home which removes commuting from our arsenal of riding excuses. Consequently, we’ve had to develop a reasonable sounding alternative.

“Testing” is a great catch-all, but if used too frequently, it loses its magic. When the bean counters inquire as to how we plan to spend our time during a particular week, we use certain code words to justify our riding to Those Who Sign Our Paychecks. So, our calendars will frequently have listings like: photo/video shoot, dyno run, swap bikes (meaning one of us rides a bike to another editor’s pad, switches bikes and rides back home), checking range, or meet with a moto industry liaison. We hate to resort to this kind of subterfuge. Really, we do. However, there’s a reason we joined this profession, and it ain’t because we love to type.

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  • Send Margaritas

    (Husband to wife): I’m going to go check that the roads are safe for your mother’s trip over here for dinner tonight.(Wife to husband): How thoughtful!(Husband to wife): I should be back tomorrow around lunchtime.

    • Evans Brasfield

      Niiiice!

  • Chris_in_Kalifornia

    I always used the “it’s time for me to go to work” excuse. Hard for anyone to argue against. Darn, I’m retired. I needed a new excuse. Thanks.

  • fastfreddie

    #11:Because one can!

  • Jose Barreira

    Mine use to be: “Honey, I’m very worry cause of this noise on the engine. This could cost us big money later. I think I better go for a ride cause i think I can find the solution…”

  • clasqm

    11. Doing your bit for the environment. We use less of the precious irreplaceable fossil fuels than car drivers. So go ahead, add that fifty mile loop to your journey. Make the world a better place.

  • Matt Blackburn

    My Favorite: Because I’m breathing.

  • cknowles

    I have a 10:00 with my therapist. My motorcycle is the best therapist by far, she always listens and hums affirmatively.

    • Evans Brasfield

      I may have to steal this one.

      • cknowles

        Be my guest! :)

  • Morty

    This excuse works for me since we live 11 miles from the nearest town , the wife actually prefers me to use my motorcycle since it uses less gas than the car

  • Mike Howndog

    Who needs an excuse? Got my wife her own bike.

  • Clark Heintz

    Love the top 10 – good post. My top 10 reasons are WEATHER, WEATHER, WEATHER, WEATHER (well..you get the idea…). After the longest winter we’ve ever had I think the mild weather deserves 10 acknowledgements!

  • Don Eisenhuth

    Take a trip and ride the “Tail of the Dragon” .

    • rocketgeezer

      I do just that several times a year, no real excuse cause she’s almost always with me

  • Rog42

    Travel overseas and discover new places by renting a motorbike or joining a tour (could also be “Testing new bikes”

  • artist_formally_known_as_cWj

    My car basically didn’t move fo ther entire month of April. I’ve gotten better and better at errand running by bike. As long as it’s not raining, I try to be on two wheels, whether human or Dino juice powered.

  • DeeCeeBC

    I run my own business and tend to work too many hours. So, the excuse is, “We need to go to Starbucks in Salmon Arm!” It always ends up being a 3 or 4 hour trip when my husband and I take our bikes on the back road twisties. And it tends to happen every single, not-pouring day! The most expensive part of having our bikes is the caramel soy lattes. We’ll just ignore the time away from my business…. After all, we do have our priorities!