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Why Do People Ride Motorcycles

Even though there are an abundance of motorcycles and riders out there I still can't help but feel that this hobby is very misunderstood. Motorcycles and those that enjoy them have been around for decades but they still carry a stigma with them that I fear may never be broken.

No matter what type of motorcycle you ride, whether it be a chopper or a souped up street bike, the riders are still viewed with a different opinion than those who do not own bikes. Is this a bad thing? Not necessarily but it is still very interesting.

What exactly do I mean by this? Take a minute to think of anyone you know who owns a motorcycle. Now think about the type of motorcycle they ride. With this information in mind think about how you would perceive the owner of the motorcycle and then, if possible, think about what type of person he or she really is after you got to know them. You may be surprised that your initial perception is way off.

I have noticed that every type of rider carries a certain inherited trait just from owner a motorcyle. Chopper/harley riders are tough guys or wannabe tough guys who are looking to make a name for themselves and be feared/respected. Race inspired street bike owners are looked at as punk kids who are trying to hard to prove themselves by ripping through the streets at high speeds. The list goes on and on and while there are certainly examples of each of these types of people they do not represent everyone.

So for those who aren't trying to prove something why do they ride? The short answer: it is fun and it is something they enjoy. Riding a motorcycle is a hobby just like scrapbooking or hiking. Those that invest their time into owning, fixing, riding, etc. are typically just appreciative of a different hobby than say a stamp collector.

Riders that have respect for the hobby truly appreciate it for what it is and they know that their big fast machines are "grown up toys" that they can enjoy. Motorcycle enthusiasts get to experience something that others don't or may not understand/want to understand. The feeling of riding on a nice day, having the power and freedom at your fingertips, it all adds up to an experience that is special to every rider.

While I could go on and on about all of the reasons why motorcycle riders do what they do it all really comes back to one thing: people have hobbies that they enjoy regardless of the negative connotations that may come with them. For riders, they endure the outside perception from those who think they should put down such a "silly" hobby so that they can enjoy what may be, to them, a truly unique experience.


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The timing your stories have came into my life is so cool. The wife and I have just started talking about all the places we used to ride and I am thinking my neck may have healed enough to ride again. Thanks for writing.

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  about 7 years ago

Thanks I appreciate that! Yeah riding can definitely provide lots of good memories. Hopefully your neck is feeling better and you can ride again soon!

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  about 7 years ago

My wife and I owned a coffee shop and Pub, we where on a main route enjoyed by bikers who stopped more for coffee than beer. However the point I'm trying to make is that we got to know a lot of them quite well, and the surprising thing being how one mis-judges these people , only to find out when talking to them, they are the top upstanding people of the community. CEO's, Doctors, professionals of all walks of life, enjoy the relaxation and freedom allowed them by biking.

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  about 7 years ago

Thank you for that comment, that is the point I was definitely aiming for. We are quick to judge what we don't understand and often times we are very surprised to find out things aren't always how the seem.

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  about 7 years ago
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