Why we Ride
It’s an early spring morning, you can smell nature and the open road. You make sure your tent and luggage are securely fastened on the bike. The leather smell of well worn gloves, leather jacket & boots sends a tingly feeling of excitement through your nerves. You put on that helmet that’s gain the occasional scratch or few over the years. Key in the ignition, a slight twist of the throttle and off you go to a destination of choice….this is a common scene for many motorcyclists.
But why do we ride motorcycles?
For some it started as a form of rebellion, for some it’s a means of escaping circumstances and reality, for some it’s all about family and a sense of belonging, for some it’s a lifestyle and for some it is simply a means of transport. No matter how it started out for you, eventually it will become part of your genes and you will most certainly experience the “leave no man behind” moto in some or other form in the course of your lifelong two wheeled journey. For many of us the first few years of biking is the lone ranger on his iron horse, building character with his two wheeled companion and gaining mountains of knowledge and experience through many road side repairs, late nights riding in the rain and the occasional “oops” moments. Few things in life are as satisfactory as working on a motorcycle that has made a connection with your heart. Stepping back upon completion, give a deep sigh filled with pride and satisfaction as you look, even stare at that part you’ve successfully repaired, serviced, or customised.
Somewhere along the way you will meet like minded motorcyclists and riding with these mates, these brothers in biking is for many the ultimate form of biking…group therapy at its best. These are the people that are always there to help…their ability to help only exceeded by their willingness to help and support a brother or sister of the motorcycle fraternity. With these folks you build friendships that last a lifetime.
Then there is the risk or the thrill of motorcycling. Some call it dangerous, but us bikers call it “living life to the fullest, one kilometre at a time”. Yes motorcycling is dangerous, but so is showering-you can slip, fall and break an arm in the shower. Does that prevent you from getting in the shower…NO!! In the same way a biker chooses not to live life in fear, but rather in excitement. The occasional “close-call” merely helps us to appreciate life and encourages us to live life to the fullest. Acknowledging the risks simply helps a true biker to respect the road and the limits of his own riding abilities.
Riding a motorcycle is in my opinion the best remedy for anger or an aching heart. It is the best medicine for a stuffed nose, blocked sinuses or headache. It’s the ultimate expression of joy and freedom.
“Motorcycling, being a biker is all about hanging out with real people, without pretense and sharing the respect we have for our motorcycles and each other. This is how great stories and legends are made.”
By: Hector Jamieson