We're Outnumbered!

How many motorcycles do you see?

On my way to work today I counted 11 motorcyclists that went past going the opposite direction.  Woo hoo!  On a 50-mile stretch of road that’s loaded with local and vacation traffic at this time of year I saw only 11 motorcycles. 

Earlier in the month, I was driving with the family in the family cage and was a little bored so I began counting the number of cars and motorcycles over a 10-mile stretch of road.  The first count found 7 motorcycles and 200 cars.  I made the same count on the way back home and the numbers were 5 motorcycles and 315 cars.

To say we’re outnumbered is an understatement!

It’s safe to say that less then 3% of the vehicles on the road are motorcycles during the best time of the year for riding, summer.  The numbers will drop significantly as the fall and winter season comes, depending on where you live of course.

So what’s the point? 

The point is there are not enough of us out on the road to form cliques.  We have the Harley riders (not all) who will only recognize those on Harley’s.  We have the sport bike riders (again, not all) who will only recognize those on sport bikes, we have BMW riders (not all) who only recognize those who ride BMW’s because every thing else out there is junk and we have… You get the idea.  Sure, much of this comes from the manufacturers who want you to belong to their clique.  They sell motorcycles that way.  The rest comes from riders who have a “club” mentality and membership in the club is based on what you ride.  All of this would be fine if there were more of us who ride motorcycles, but there isn’t.

The truth is that those of us who are crazy enough to throw a leg over a motorcycle and go ride among the cages are already in an exclusive group regardless of what we ride.  Most of us ride alone and those cage drivers, unless they ride, don’t care about us or watch out for us so we need to watch out for each other.  Regardless of what we ride!

Our motorcycles should reflect our personality and how we ride because if we strip away the engine, rubber and chrome, we are motorcyclists.  Respect each other, help each other and enjoy the ride.

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