Have you ever dreamed of owning a motorcycle and feeling the wind on your face as you travel the open road? And when you start looking at motorcycles, everyone had something to say. You got an earful about the dangers, accidents, and the need to be responsible. People who already own a motorcycle will encourage you; they’ll tell you about the freedom and the power of the bike.
But there are certain things nobody will tell you about owning a motorcycle. People love to keep secrets. Fortunately, I have figured out these secrets about motorcycles that people will often keep to themselves:
- People drive too fast. It’s not the speed you ride your bike but the speed of the roads today. People drive faster now because cars are more aerodynamic, sound proof, and absorb shock better. Therefore, nobody seems to pay attention to the speeds they drive. However, on a motorcycle you’re forced to avoid objects on the road, potholes, and things flying by. Certain speeds are dangerous for the road conditions that exist today.
- People that drive cars really hate motorcycles. It’s a known fact that motorists hate motorcycles during rush hour traffic. The motorcyclist can pass through gridlock traffic to reach their destination in record time. However, nobody seems to warn you about motorists tailgating you or blocking your lane so you can’t pass. In California motorists despise how motorcyclists can lane share. Some motorists will go out of their way to deliberately prevent a motorcyclist from lane sharing.
- The protective gear resembles body armor. Protective gear is a necessity when riding a motorcycle. However, this gear is hot, bulky, uncomfortable, and difficult to move in. The gear is made from Kevlar, Cordra, and ballistic nylon. Hidden pads are added to different areas to protect your body parts and major joints. Not many people are willing to spend the money to buy this gear but you should.
- Your motorcycle hates you. When you’re new to riding a motorcycle the biggest problems are learning the clutch, how to shift backwards, accelerating with your hand, and which brake to use. You'll need a lot of practice in live traffic so you get the hang of changing gears, stopping, starting, and maintaining a constant speed.
If you can get past the lectures, the great advice, and the untold secrets, then you’re ready for your first motorcycle. However, you should consider taking a safety class first. Afterwards, then go and buy your shiny new motorcycle.