A couple of reasons why I (sometimes) prefer bikes to motorcycles: I was riding my dualsport on a trail through the woods awhile back and saw a bird flying through the tree tops, when I craned my neck to look at it, I hit some bumps and nearly crashed into the trees. A couple of weeks ago on my bicycle I was riding along a lakeshore in the suburbs and I saw a bald eagle sitting on the shoreline 30 yards away. I stopped, turned around and went back to take a picture, but the eagle took off when I was trying to get my camera out. Simultaneously with the eagle taking off, a loon started calling out on the lake. I would have completely missed the whole experience had I been on a motorcycle at the time.