Recently I was researching the term 'motorcycle' for keyword trends, and discovered something I have had a hunch about before, but until now have not attained the statistical evidence to support…that is, that California is awesome.
Above is a graph for the number of times the keyword "motorcycle" has been searched on Google over the past 10 or so years in the whole of the United States. What's with the dips? Those are very neat, very consistent, very predictable seasonal trends. Every single one of those low points sits right in December, and conversely the high points sit around May, June and July. So why do I congratulate you for living in California? Because of this graph:
This is the same graph, but displayed specifically for Southern California, namely San Diego County. I'm going to take a leap here and say that the trending of the term "motorcycle" will be directly correlated with the trending of people actually riding a motorcycle. So in December when the weather is in the freezing temperatures throughout the rest of the US, people simply aren't all that interested in talking about motorcycles online. It's too damn cold!
However we don't get nearly the exaggerated dip here in California, and for obvious reasons. We can ride year round! What's more, we can use the same jacket, provided it has a zip in insulation layer for colder weather. Hence the title states, congratulations for being a Californian. From the perspective of a rider, you're living in just about the best climate imaginable. Conjunct this with our incredible riding scenery, from the Pacific coast to the Sierra Nevada Mountains, and you've got yourself a riding haven.
So get out there and take advantage of it, because just about the only other place with a graph like ours is Arizona…and honestly, who wants to live in Arizona?
My former XR650R atop Saddleback Mountain