Heya all! It's raining and thunderstorming and lightning here today in Upstate SC, but it got me thinking about superstitions. First of all, a group of friends I ride with, well, I've kinda nicknamed us "The Storm Riders". It's seems that each time one of us bought a bike, the day we picked it up and rode home, it was raining/storming. Today, my Corbin seat is coming in and it's really storming. I kinda think of it as a good sign... so far anyways.
But going back to superstitions, I'm Filipino. First Generation American for my family... first American in my family too! If any of you know Filipinos or are Filipino, well, we're a very superstitious lot. Anyways, I was wondering if any of you riders have any superstitious routines you do before riding your bike so you believe you'll make it home safe and sound. Other than opening the throttle to start your bike in cold weather. For me, other than routine maintenance (checking tire pressure, working lights, etc.)
I say three "Hail Mary's" before I get on my bike. AND the bike has to be seen by me, so it's usually within touching distance and I'm putting on my leather jacket, helmet, and gloves.
A friend of mine (not Filipino) takes a big dump everytime he plans to ride (sometimes more than once). Says it helps with weight or something. Not that I think he can go from 280 to 220 after a massive sh!t, but I could be wrong.
Another friend of mine talks to her bike and she and her boyfriend always pop open their seats before getting on. I guess it's to make sure their respective disc locks are where they should be.
And still, another friend always unties and reties his shoes (army boots) and tucks away the laces. Dunno what he's gonna do once he gets the SIDI vertabraes...
Anybody else have any?
Sorry this is so long. Just wondering if there were other superstitous riders out there. Someone posted that there were a bunch of riders on this forum who have been in wrecks and it's not even summer yet! So that kinda sparked this thread as well.