People sometimes get so caught up in thinking about motorcycle safety and crash statistics that they forget why people ride in the first place. What is it about motorcycles that draws us to the open road? Why do we love these vehicles, even though they are often impractical and they do come with safety risks?
Everyone has their own reasons. You likely can list a few of yours. Here are a number of top reasons from industry professionals:
- It’s their passion in life. The same way that people love playing team sports, doing science experiments, going rock-climbing, writing books or anything else, people love to ride.
- They love the friendships that it creates. Riding can be a solitary experience, and there is something to be said for the sense of freedom it creates, but it can also be a community experience. Some refer to this as a “brotherhood.”
- It’s a good way to relieve stress. You see this reason from a lot of athletes and runners, as well. Getting out and doing something you love helps you work through the stress of the daily grind.
- It does have a practical side. A motorcycle generally uses far less gas than a car, it takes up far less space and it gives people a fast, easy way to get around when they don’t need to carry more than one passenger. Many people ride for their daily commute all summer long.
No matter what reasons you have for riding, you do want to think about the risks, as well. If you get injured, you may have a right to financial compensation.