Saturday, March 5, 2011


A friend suggested the other day that I write a post on why Harley riders are all equal.  I'm not so sure about that, but I think in a wider context all motorcyclists share many of the same feelings about their activity.  Perhaps unlike driving, there is an underlying fact that riding a motorcycle is fundamentally dangerous.

It's this danger that I think puts off a lot of people but there are enough out there to make riding around on two wheels a very popular activity.  Of course, the danger can be diminished by training and keeping yourself fit and aware.  There is no doubt that riding a motorcycle makes you a better car driver as you see the road in a different way.  Also motorcycles have some advantages over their metal boxed companions; they are smaller and take up less room; they are quicker, and they can stop faster.  Nonetheless to fall off a bike in traffic is going to be a very unpleasant event.

Harnessing this danger will provide the rider with a different feeling towards travel and even a short uninteresting journey will be more exciting than in a car where you are insulated from the environment, and to some extent its dangers.

So even though Harley riders are in no way created equal, they have two things they all share: The love of riding, and also the love of a particular marque.

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