"Driving a motorcycle is like flying. All your senses are alive. When I ride ... in the early morning, and all the sprinklers have turned off, the scents that wash over me are just heavenly... You're free of the gravity of what people think." -- Hugh Laurie
From the antiquated "Hell's Angels" references to the "you must be crazy, it is so dangerous" wide-eyed inquiries, only vegans receive the same "why do you do it" conversation slants. We all know that we swing into the saddle for reasons far beyond getting from here to there.
We ride because we can't NOT. It is that simple. Being a biker means something that driving a car does not. But here are a few other reasons why so many cyclists do what they do!
Being totally one with the environment. You can't even remotely understand the feel of motion while sitting inside a vehicle. Riding a motorcycle is an experience - like walking barefoot on the beach. You become part of the wind, part of the sound, part of the now.
Community. Outside of the equestrian world (the other riders), motorcyclists are branches on a single tree. It is about belonging. And that is pretty cool! Riding connects us to others. We carry the memories of those from our past, and we are the bridge for those who will ride after us. It is about fellowship, responsibility and heritage transformed into motion.
The danger. Well, this one is over-blown, but the excitement of riding is one reason some choose to hit the saddle. Safe riding is imperative, but ....yes, it is exciting! Motorcyclists love the experience of riding, but serious bikers never take risks and they are aware of the REAL risks involved in the unsafe operation of bikes.
Expression. Owning a bike makes you unique. Every biker knows this. You don't ride to be different - you are an individual by your nature and a bike just makes sense.
Gas. Yup. With amazing mileage ranging better than than compact cars, riding a motorcycle is an affordable choice to get to where you need to go.
We ride to live, to experience the feeling of moving with the earth, to become a part of the motion, to soar without leaving the ground. Riding is not an explanation for doing something, it is a state of experience.
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