Since purchasing my bike about a month ago, there’s been rain, fog, or ominous clouds on 20 out of 31 of those days.  Many of those have been on weekends and evenings, the only time I can ride.  As a new rider eager to get out on the road, practice, and get miles under my belt, it’s been frustrating.  What’s a girl to do?

This girl’s been reading about riding.  Although it hasn’t helped me build competency, it has led me to uncover some wonderful resources in my home state of Maine:

  • Ride Maine is an annual print publication for motorcycle enthusiasts living or visiting Maine.  It has region guides, safety tips, riding clubs, events, articles, and more.  They offer an online version of the guide on their website or you can request a print copy.  They also have an active Facebook page.
  • Motorcycle Roads offers lists of crowd-sourced roads, routes, rides, and trips.  Visitors can add routes, upload photos, rate rides (1 to 5 stars), post comments, and download gpx files to import rides into their GPS programs.  This site isn’t limited to Maine; you can find rides all over the country here.
  • Maine Motorcycle Rides is a state map that I picked up at the Kennebunk travel plaza last weekend, but I assume it can be found around the state.  I love the tactile experience of unfolding and exploring its poster-size format, a nice contrast to the screens and devices prevalent in today’s digital world.  For such a concise publication, it’s filled with an impressive array of information: suggested rides around the state, a list of motorcycle dealerships and phone numbers, training facilities and phone numbers, state parks, safety tips, photos, and a mileage key.  I love this map.
  • Last, I would be remiss as a Harley rider if I didn’t point out the Maine Harley-Davidson dealerships that I follow online to keep up-to-date about events, sales, rides, and activities:

–  Central Maine Harley, Hermon: Website | Facebook | Instagram

 L-A Harley-Davidson, Lewiston: Website | Facebook | Twitter

–  Big Moose Harley-Davidson, Portland: Website | Facebook

–  Plourde & Plourde, Caribou: Website | Facebook

What do you do?

Anyone willing to help?  What about you?  I’d love to know two things:

  1. What do you do to endure bad weather in our short riding season?
  2. What riding resources do you rely on to plan your rides?

Please help this girl out!

Jennifer Hooper

In 2014, I rode on the back of a guy's Harley all summer long. That one season sparked a personal interest that prompted me to learn how to ride a motorcycle myself. I attended a Harley-Davidson Riding...