Go Where the Warm(er) Wind Blows

If the winter weather has you blue, cheer up by planning a ride somewhere warmer. Just as a bird migrates south for the winter to escape the cold, the motorcyclist yearns for warmer climates in search of a riding haven. It might be closer than you think.

As I write this in front of my space heater, it is -10℉ outside. Suffice it to say, I’m dreaming of warmer riding weather in the Panhandle of Idaho. I typically switch gears in the winter from riding motorcycles to riding the slopes. But, when the snow is no good, I can’t help but think of finding a slightly warmer climate to ride my bike. 

Granted, when it’s -10℉ outside, driving somewhere 3 hours away probably isn’t going to change much, but there will likely come a point this winter where a 10℉ bump is enough to make the difference between sitting on the couch curled up in a blanket to layering up and twisting the throttle. From my home in the panhandle of Idaho, Lewiston is merely 3 hours away and the climate in Jan and Feb ranges between 40-50 degrees. That’s just warm enough for me to get inspired. 

My hope is that by sharing this train of thought with our REVER audience, it might remind you of some places you can go to improve your climate for riding, and kiss those winter blues goodbye. Here are a few routes in climates across the US that are generally between 40 - 70℉ or higher in the winter months. 

Southern Idaho


Florida Keys



Tips for winter riding:

1. Check the weather radar from the REVER app.

2. Layer up and create a vapor barrier.

3. Be prepared for delays so you don't get stuck after the sun goes down.

4. Take shorter trips or rides. It'll still feel good to get out.

"You don't stop riding when you get old, you get old when you stop riding."
― Anonymous

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