What is your main reason for riding? For most of us riders, the answer is pure fun. It makes us happy, it is how we breathe, and makes us feel complete after a great ride.
We all have different reasons why we choose to hop on a two- wheeled machine. Some of us ride to save on commuting expenses. Others ride to live on the wild side and adrenaline- junkie style of life. Others will say they ride because it calms them down and clears their head. Some riders use their bikes to travel the world and visit new places. A few of us even do it for work, becoming professional racers and instructors or mechanics. No matter why you ride, I’m sure you have several excuses to gas up, dress in gear, and cruise the streets.
Ask any road biker and they will say that without their motorcycle, they could become depressed. Why are we so attached to our bikes this way? Why do we give our motorcycles names and genders? What we ride becomes part of our immediate family and in a sense, we take care of each other. The owner maintains and keeps the bike in working condition, and the bike returns a favor to us: our reason.
Motorcycles have become such an integral part of our lives that we truly feel sometimes we could not live without one… If we ever did become not able to ride anymore, we would have to find something else to fill that void. Sky diving? Bungee jumping? Tennis? Something to take our minds off the fact that riding keeps us sane and is a part of who we are.
Bikers become a part of their ride, and often feel they “become one” with the machine. I have felt this way before, and there have been sooo many times where I was out riding and thought to myself “You know, there is no where else I’d rather be in this moment in time than on my bike, riding and enjoying being outside”.
Also, certain times bring us back down to earth – such as those “Oh Crap” (insert swear words here) moments. When we avoid a major crash, near death experience, or just a minor drop, it forces us to step back and be grateful. Grateful for life, and the ability and freedom to ride. This has been a rather deep, soulful blog, but I know all us bikers can relate to it.
“Love is the feeling you get when you love something as much as your motorcycle”
– Hunter S. Thompson