Why do we ride

Why do we ride motorcycles, what compels a guy or girl to straddle a 1800cc 500 to 800lb machine powering down the road at 80mph with the ground so close you can reach out and touch it. So many other people can say this better than I, but here are some thoughts.

Riding is about passion, about making the adrenaline flow, about pleasure, about awakened and heightened sensation.

Riding is that moment of sphincter-clenching fear and excitement when you scream through a tight corner, leaned over further than you thought you could, then pop out into the straight with a grin.

Riding is that feeling in the morning when you open the garage and there it is in all its chrome and plastic glory, and you just have to smile even though you’ve seen it a thousand mornings before.

Riding is about the heads that turn to look as you pass by.

Riding is about beauty. Every motorcycle is a work of art, some breath-taking in their sheer elegance.

Riding is about fashion - the way men and women look in leather (This is a biggie for the woman in my life), the lean look of a sports bike rider in a full body suit, the rebellious look of a cruiser owner all dressed in black. It's about a crafted stylishness that's at once casual and formal. Riders form their own tribes, identified by their dress code as much as their vehicles. How you look is part of why we ride.

Riding is about the envious glances from coworkers as they exit their dull cars and watch as you park and climb off your bike.

If you've never ridden, you can't comprehend.

But once you try it, you're hooked for life.

Sit in your mini-van and try to tell me that your heart beats a little faster when you turn the engine on.

Driving is about - well, driving. It’s about getting from here to there in the least time with the least inconvenience.

It’s about idling in bumper-to-bumper commuter jams, engine overheating, tempers flaring, kids screaming.

Driving has all the passion of watching paint dry.

But riding ......... is very cool!!

"..A straight line is the most BORING distance between two points. "



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