Shining accolades of motorcycle riding.
Motorcycling is ultimately an escape, recharging us in a way that four-wheeled travel cannot. It’s an exciting, adventurous, and communal experience. Yes, it may have its downfalls, but on the flipside it also has its significant benefits that outweigh any of the petty grievances.
There’s no doubt about it. The freedom of riding a motorcycle opens outlets of more thrilling mobility. Take a tour down the highway and make that road trip a wind-in-your-face adventure. Tackle the twisty roads at a brisk pace aboard a sportbike and feel the downforce through each turn. Take a dirt bike to the single trails and go to places no car can. There are so many ways to enjoy the sport. Simply feel free.
The wind tousling your hair, the smell of the strawberry fields, and the sun shining down allow you to experience the outdoors in a unique way that’s better than driving in a car. The next time you get out of town for a ride take a second to take it all in, the smells and sights of nature, and give yourself a moment’s peace to enjoy the world.
Find Some Amazing Roads
You’d be surprised at the amazing riding roads you can find within manageable riding distance. There are oodles of lists and even apps that help you find some of the best riding roads out there; whether you want to ride in Georgia, Utah, Washington, or Connecticut, there’s bound to be a route that suits your fancy.
Make New Friends
Going on group rides, attending events and shows, or simply meeting a fellow rider at a stop, motorcycling provides a new avenue for a different group of friends. Say hello to that motorcyclist parked at your favorite coffee shop, share experiences, and who knows, they might even recommend a hidden gem of a road to you.
The classic motorcyclist-to-motorcyclist wave. There is a built-in brother/sisterhood when it comes to riding. Waving to a fellow motorcyclist makes you feel as if you have a large community of riders who understand the thrill of riding that bonds you in a significant way. Peace.
Have A Tan Neck/Wrists
So one of the pains of riding is getting weird tans or sunburns. But, hey, on the plus side you have a tan neck and/or wrists! Besides, these are the sun tatoos that fellow motorcyclists will relate to.
Ah, the ease of parking, especially where parallel parking is concerned. A motorcycle can easily slide its way in between cars that not even a Smart car can maneuver into. There are also sometimes motorcycle-designated parking stalls that make parking a breeze.
Have More Fun On The Commute
I’ve seen it and experienced it—the droning commute in a car. Do people look happy on their commute to work? Not very often. Sure, they might be heading to a stressful job, but at the same time when you drive in a car that route is boring, not to mention stressful when there’s congestion. Riding on a motorcycle makes that commute much, much more fun, and you also get the relaxing factor right before and after the stress of the 9-to-5.
Modifying a car could be expensive, but a motorcycle? For one, there’s less surface area to customize and the aftermarket is full of budget-friendly and quality components. So go ahead, swap out that exhaust or seat, add some luggage, take it to paint if you so desire and make a custom machine that fits your personality, riding style, and budget.
In many cases, motorcycles cost less than cars at an MSRP level and it also costs a whole lot less to insure. Motorcycles tend to also get better gas mileage than most cars, which makes them more financially friendly as well.
Even if you have been riding a long time it is great to have something that challenges you. The technical skills it takes to ride a motorcycle on various roads, tracks, etc., challenge us to develop those skills to make us a better rider. If you want to continue to hone in on your technique, an advanced rider course is a great option.
Riding a motorcycle is exciting. That’s why we ride. But there is even more to that: an awesome community, fun rides on thrilling new roads, and the overall joy of life.
What do you love about motorcycling? Leave us a line in the comments section.