The Motorcycle Blog

Educate Yourself!

There seems to be a concerted effort to educate the cage dwellers (car drivers) to watch out for those of us who choose to ride our motorcycles on the road.  There are bumper stickers, websites and facebook fan pages devoted to this “noble” cause. 

Personally I think this is a waste of time!  

For every driver who might change their habits and look out for motorcycles, there’s a thousand or more who won’t.  That’s not going to change anything.

Lets be real, the majority of cage dwellers don’t give a damn about anyone on the road but themselves.  Their cage is an extension of their home, complete with phones, entertainment systems and of course the GPS they use to show them how to get to the same place they drive every day.  Even if they do look through their mirrors and look over their shoulder, it’s not often.  Too many other important things need to be checked and adjusted first. 

In my opinion we should forget about educating those who drive cars and redirect the effort in education and training for the motorcycle rider.  It would be more practical and more lives would be saved.  Hear me out.

Choose Your Motorcycle Wisely

Not that long ago I was having a conversation with a colleague when our discussion turned to motorcycles.  He was excited because he was about ready to buy a motorcycle for the first time in 30 years.  After raising a family and building a successful career he was ready for some fun.  The first question I asked, of course, was “what are you going to get?”  He said that he had been looking at a 2009 Harley-Davidson Ultra Classic.  My second and third question was “when was the last time you rode?” and “what was the last motorcycle you owned?”  His reply was “30 years ago” and “a Yamaha 175”.  I guess the look on my face was telling enough that he asked, “What’s wrong?”  My reply went something like this.

“The Ultra Classic is a beautiful and comfortable motorcycle, however it’s significantly different from the little 175 you last rode.  It weighs over 800 lbs, has more power and is not as easy to maneuver.  If I could offer some advice it would be to buy a smaller, possibly used, motorcycle to re-learn how to ride and to sign up for a riding course. 

Seriously!

I think some people take riding motorcycles too seriously.  Don’t get me wrong now; I’m serious about riding my motorcycle.  Serious enough to want to ride in about any condition, except if snow is on the ground.  No, I’m talking about people who take what they ride and how they look while riding too seriously. 

I know people who won’t ride anything but a Harley and there are those who won’t ride anything but a Yamaha.  Forget about motorcycles of a different manufacturer sharing the same garage.  Oh, these same people can also be put out if their favorite motorcycle is discontinued, even if they’re one of the few who actually bought.  I also know people who won’t get out on the road unless everything is clean and they look “just right”. 

Seriously!

Here’s the deal, riding should be serious and should be fun.  Simply put, riding should be about riding and nothing else.  Now if you want different bikes to complement different riding conditions, go for it.  If you’re happy with one machine, that’s fine too.  Personally, I’ll ride just about anything placed in front of me.  I would rather ride then wait for that “perfect” bike.

Cruisin'

A few days ago, after a long day in the office, I fired up the Roadliner and went for an evening cruise.  Imagine the smell of fresh air and feel of the wind in your face.  The fatigue and stress of the day fled in a hurry.

As I was riding, my thoughts became focused on my father and how he would jump in his Thunderbird convertible at the end of a long day and just cruise.  He didn’t care where he was heading and didn’t head home until he felt like it.  It all depended, I believe, on when he felt rested.  It’s taken me a while, but I now know why he loved going for a drive at the end of the day.

I’m sure I’m speaking to the converted, but it must be said.  Cruisin’ is the best way to relax, think and simply enjoy life.  

Lets Ride!

Gerald Trees

Lets Ride! (copyright: whichmotorcycleforme.com,  contact information: info@whichmotorcyleforme.com)