When motorcycles weren’t common and started to take over, the image of the biker was cast with a long shadow of opinions and judgment. The tough guy, dawning his leather, even in summer, clunking away with the knocks of his heels from his boots on the asphalt, throwing his leg over his machine that roared and made a mother pull her kids closer. But that isn’t the case. Motorcycles have been classified as dangerous since their genesis, and to be fair, they are. When you’re cruising next to a car, the driver caged in steel, while you sit exposed to the elements, you realize that all it takes is for that guy to not pay attention, change lanes without notice, and you’ll be on the pavement. And when you’re cruising along at 55 mph, touching the asphalt doesn’t seem like a great way to end the trip. So why ride? Why put yourself at risk unnecessarily? Why not spend the money you’ve been saving up on a car, one that is loaded with the newest safety features? Simply put, because it isn’t fun!
Motorcycles are exciting. There’s a reason bikes have gained popularity even through the scrutiny and false news articles about bikers destroying communities. The sensation that you get when you pull the throttle and lift your feet up to the pegs is irreplaceable. No substitute exists for cruising down a highway on a bike with the wind pushing your body while you hold onto the handlebars and fly across the landscape. I know people who have said they’d never get on one, let alone own a motorcycle, but that generally changes after I get them on the back for their first ride. Even without controlling the machine, the passenger knows the rush, they understand the freedom that gets tasted when you pull away. Nine times out of 10, they want another ride. When they feel a bit more adventurous, they want a bike for themselves.
There’s more than just the thrill and excitement of riding a motorcycle. There’re economic benefits for those out there that are having trouble making ends meet. For one, motorcycles are cheaper than cars. The cost of a new car averages at $40,000, I…