A rainy day in the end of October might not sound like the best conditions for some great riding, at least not when that rainy day happens to be in Sweden, but today was a surprise. It started out with a test ride of an old GSX 750 that ended up in the possession of my brother (congratulations to buying your first bike, bro’). It was in decent shape and actually a fun ride, much more fun than I expected. Feeling happy but not having saturated my need for speed, I decided to take my KTM for a ride.
Riding on tarmac with motocross tires on a rainy day with a lot of leaves on the roads isn’t exactly a joyride. Every time you engage your brakes you feel the bike sliding across the lane. And with the visibility being almost non-existent due to fogging and rain the conditions were less than optimal. But when you feel the urge, you feel the urge so together with a friend I rode to an area where we would be able to feel the grass and gravel beneath our feet. As it turned out I would feel it on more areas too.
I am not a great enduro rider. In fact, I am pretty shitty one and that is when conditions are good. And they weren’t. So I fell twice, managed to break my clutch lever and get all muddy and stuff. On the other hand, my new mirror worked like a charm both off and on the road and did not break like the three before it. And here’s the kicker. When you’re on a dirtbike it doesn’t matter what kind of weather you ride in. Of course it is easier when it’s a bit dryer, of course it’s nice to be out riding under a blue skye shining through a green canopy but it doesn’t really matter. Riding offroad, you expect to be dirty, wet and maybe even a bit bruised. So even if it wasn’t one of those epic rides when you learn a lot and feel the flow, it was still damn nice to be out on the bike after a looong time. I felt carefree and happy so I made a promise to myself: As long as there is no snow, I’ll try to be out every chance I get! No more “oh, it’s raining, I’d rather sit on my ass, eating candy and getting fat”. Now it’s going to be more of “oh, I’m riding in tough conditions to prepare myself for the epic ride around the world I will one day conduct”!