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There’s barely any snow on the ground here in the Toronto area and already the bikes are starting to come out. These are mostly the serious riders: the people who dress properly and treat their motorcycles responsibly. The people who wear runners and flappy T-shirts, or who use their bikes more as social introductions to other like-minded riders, probably won’t hit the road till mid-May. The rest of us will start bringing our bikes out over the next few weeks, preparing them after a winter of storage for a season of riding. More important than changing the oil and lubricating the cables, however, is changing our mindset and shifting our focus. We’ve had several months of not making shoulder checks and relying on four-wheeled skid control, after all. [...]

The Canadian Motorcycle Guide