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cnbcWe don’t need a psychotherapist to confirm what we feel in our gut each morning — it’s unsettling at minimum to outright rage and then add the ‘Bernie’ and AIG hysteria to the mix.

Market volatility, economic instability, double digit unemployment, bailout-i-tis, along with purchasing paralysis — it’s no wonder people are staying home under the covers — if they haven’t lost their home!

In talking with folks who have not yet received a pink slip even they feel trapped in companies where their sort of grateful to still be working, but insecure because no employer is making any type of guarantee about jobs longer than two-weeks. 

But, all of this doesn’t mean we have to slog through the rest of the year in an emotional cellar dweller funk. It’s not easy, but it is possible for motorcyclists to stay up in a beat down economy.  And with minimal $$.

Here are some thoughts on how to minimize the funk:

  1. Return to your motorcycle riding roots — remember why you first got into motorcycle riding? Bring back some of that enthusiasm — maybe even master a new riding skill — do something you’ve never done just for the sheer challenge of it. Commit to finding 10 Best Rides in your local area: 10 best waterfall rides (hint: Multnomah Falls, Bridal Veil Falls); 10 best scenic landscape rides; 10 best coffee shop rides, etc. you get the idea.
  2. Get the most from motorcycle social networking — build and extend your network of motorcycle friends and colleagues. Take full advantage of blogs, social networking opportunities via BB, Facebook, MySpace, Twitter and other online communities. Consider using your motorcycle skills to connect with the world: start a blog, build a Web site, create and post an original video on YouTube of your “10 best”, or share your legislative viewpoints or showcase new riding techniques. Write reviews for Shelfari or Amazon.com — reviews of motorcycle-specific books. Hell, learn and do all of them!
  3. Get out into the motorcycle real world — if you live near a college, check out its motorcycle technology centers. Personnel in these education-technology-transfer centers excel at helping people learn — how to repair/remove a motorcycle engine is a skill that many of us could use.
  4. Improve your motorcycle soft skills — head down to the local H-D dealer to “spar” with sales and work on your negotiation and relationship-building talents — the so-called soft skills — raise your sense of self-worth by working down the prices of motorcycle upgrades and parts. Ask the question, “Is that the very best price you can offer?” Not only will the practice help you payless for upgrades today it will keep you sharp mentally and position yourself for when the economic upturn occurs because consumer prices are increasing.

Sure this is a ride in the wind and ‘feel good’ type post, but aren’t you tired of reading about some reality TV star’s secret marriage to Elvis?!

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