Ride To Work Day 2011
Monday, June 20, 2011
This year marks the 20th time Americans have been urged ditch their cages for two-wheeled rides to the office, as motorcyclists celebrate the June 20th Ride To Work Day. My RTWD mount this year was the Kawasaki Versys
, a personal favorite from the current motorcycle crop.
The modest 10-mile run this morning from my back porch to the Motorcycle USA Oregon HQ represents just the footnote of a larger Ride To Work Days journey, however, as I’d requisitioned the Versys from Kawasaki’s North American HQ in Irvine, California last week. MCUSA usually packs up at least a handful of test bikes for the return trips on our frequent LA runs, but this Versys was different. I needed a solo mount to burn some miles, having opted to ride up the coast back home. Kawasaki
delivered with its versatile mid-sized Twin. Three days and 900 some-odd miles, I’m back in the office banging away at the keyboard – my mind getting a much-needed unkinking during those long days in the saddle.
Industry voices like the AMA and MIC pitch RTWD as an opportunity to showcase motorized two-wheeled transport as a functional and economical alternative, along with raising awareness for motorcycle safety in the riding and non-riding communities alike. All these are valid and worthy causes for promotion, but for me the biggest sell for Riding To Work remains the most simple: Motorcycle = Fun.
My 2011 Ride To Work culmination included hundreds of miles of some of the best roads in the world – winding my way up California’s Pacific Coast (scenery in photo below courtesy of PCH near Big Sur). I also made sure to stretch out the journey by taking some favorite backroads along the way, and discovering some new favorites in the process. Even the familiar I-5 freeway trek for the final hours (had to cave into the superslab at the end to make an appointment on time…) was a hell of a lot more fun, and somehow more scenic, when experienced from behind the controls of a handlebar instead of a steering wheel.
Hope everyone else’s Ride To Work Days delivered some smiles as well.
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