As part of this week’s devotion to all things slow, I thought I’d share the personal experiences I’ve had just enjoying the ride…
Some of you have mentioned that you enjoy when I talked about the more personal side of me. For four months now, I’ve been enjoying riding my motorbike quite a lot and I’ll hit the 10,000km this weekend. I’ve discovered many beautiful places here in Quebec and across the border in the US.
I haven’t yet talked about it much because it’s like an intimate pleasure, something I keep for myself away from my public side. Keeping my riding adventures a secret may be weird to some because I’m open about my sexuality and our society would dictate that I’d do the opposite.
So today I thought I’d share 5 things I love about riding my motorbike with some pictures from the many trips I’ve had with Mike and my friends.
1- A motorcycle isn’t just a vehicle to move from point A to point B.
Every time I ride my motorbike, I get an experience. The unforgettable memories from the breathtaking scenery, the adrenaline rush from taking that curve or the euphoria from the intense workout from riding in the mud, the sand or in that narrow trail full of big slippery rocks make my life richer all the time.
2- A motorcycle changes you.
You’re not just a guy/gal with a bike, you’re a rider. And that makes you pretty cool. People look at you as if they envy the passion they see in your eyes through your visor.
A few weeks ago, one of my friends bought his first bike and he needed a rider to accompany him from the dealer to his place. Mike and I offered ourselves. After a few lights and stops, he changed. He became a proud and passionate rider.
3- A motorcycle isn’t just something you own, it’s something you do.
You ride and things in your life now revolves around riding. It’s like the Nike ad, you Just Do It.
4- Motorcycles are about freedom and friendship.
I’m sure you’ve meet a rider at least once in your life and I’m sure he’s told you the reason he loves riding is freedom. That’s exactly it. I let go. Lost in my own thoughts, I find freedom.
Motorcyclists are friendly with each other in general. We wave “Hello!” on the road and smile when we see a friendly two wheeler. Within the dual bike community, the bond is even deeper. We’re there for each other when we ride in the trails and we’re always happy to see a biker covered with dust or mud. The experience is just not the same on the road and off the road, hence the unique connection.
Okay… All bikes have different qualities. Dual bikes, enduros and motocrosses will keep you physically and mentally strong. Other bikes will keep you sane. And that’s just as good.