By Tayla Adams
Thanks for coming back for the next installment of my interview with Travis Frazee. Let’s jump back in here and find out Travis’s riding experiences as a new motorcycle rider.
T: Whenever I see people on a scooter, I’m afraid for them. They don’t have the same speed, or the agility, as a motorcycle does. So, it’s weird to me that you felt safer on the scooter than on the motorcycle.
TF: Yeah. Less maneuverable. Not as much power. Lower to the ground. Your feet are basically a foot off the ground maybe. I’m not that tall, I’m six foot, but me on a little 50cc scooter – I had to sit on the back part of the seat. I don’t know. Everyone would laugh at me on that thing.
That is something I have enjoyed very much, it’s the respect on the road. Because you know we do this thing where we signal each other. I don’t know what it means, I’ve talked to a lot of bikers, and nobody knows. I don’t know if it really means something, but we do it.
T: I think it’s just acknowledging each other, respect. They’re taking the same risk you are to ride.
TF: Right. Yeah, it’s like hey! The first day I rode my bike this dude pulled up next to me on his bike and he was like, ‘Nice bike brother’ and put his arm up, and I was like, ‘Yeah, man. Yeah. It’s cool I’m on the bike.’ I felt like I finally deserve this exchange we’re having. Now, I’m always signaling people. I see people and I’m sticking my arm out.
T: Are you making more friends now?
TF: Yes, because they’re like, ‘oh cool you ride this bike’. And you start talking about whatever. I try to avoid those sometimes because I don’t know enough yet about words.
T: Bike terminology?
TF: Yeah. I’m just like ‘Yeah, bikes. Yep, bikes. Totally, got to go.’
T: When I first started I was like that too. I didn’t know anything about bikes, but I learned if I just talked to other bikers they’d give me great tips and insights into riding.
TF: Yes, you’re totally right.
Keep a look out for part six of my sit down with Travis.
Stay safe in these streets!