Is it time to bring the bike out yet?

This past fall I had completed the rider course through Harley-Davidson and the Motorcycle Safety Foundation (MSF).  I must say, it was something that I never really had an interest in until I started working for the company.  After completing the course I bought my first motorcycle, a 2014 Harley-Davidson Softail Slim.  I only had about a month and a half of riding season left by the time I got my license but I must say it was a life-changing experience.  I wish that I would have done this a long time ago!  Here is a picture of me with my bike:

me-and-bike

There is something very therapeutic about hopping on the bike, cranking up some music and just hitting the open road with no destination in mind.  You can clear your mind and just let go of everything that’s bothering you.  The feeling of the wind in your face and the smell of fresh air gives you a sense of freedom that you just can’t find when riding in a car.  Now that I have experienced riding, I don’t think that I can ever go back to not riding.  Ever since I put the bike into storage for the winter, I have had the itch to get it back out and start riding.  My plan is to hopefully take it out towards the end of April so that I can get as much riding in as possible this season.  I am definitely not happy about the prediction that we have six more weeks of winter left, however I am watching the extended weather forecast everyday so that I can bring the bike home as soon as possible.  I plan to ride every day this summer and won’t use my car unless I absolutely have to.  I added a bunch of upgrades to the bike this winter, such as a windshield, 2-up seat and sissy bar to make sure that it’s ready by the first day that the weather breaks.