i tried to explain it.

Discussion in 'The Perfect Line and Other Riding Myths' started by grizzlyman87, Dec 16, 2013.

  1. grizzlyman87

    grizzlyman87 Adventurer

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    Why I Ride... http://ichoosetoride.blogspot.com/2013/12/why-i-ride.html

    I took a little spill Thursday and since then the family has been on my case about why I ride and how dangerous it is so I tried to explain it lol. I can't speak for everyone but if it applies to you feel free to share!

    -Nathan :clap
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  2. 390beretta

    390beretta Long timer

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    You know, I ask myself that question almost daily: Here's what I've come up with;

    1. I'm older and it helps me stay sharp.
    2. It's just damn fun. When I'm faced with a commute in the jeep, it bores the hell out of me. On the old K75 it's fun as hell.
    3. I feel like "as long as I can ride, I can do damn near everything else....although not as many times:D
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  3. manic mechanic

    manic mechanic Been here awhile

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    I ask, as a manner of reply, "Is there anything you do that you enjoy so much, that you can never ever see yourself not doing it anymore?" Usually followed by a blank stare, then a desire to continue the discussion about how dangerous, etc.
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  4. FotoTEX

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    Life is dangerous. Not doing what you love makes life even more dangerous....
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  5. 390beretta

    390beretta Long timer

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    Hey man; that sums it up for me. Good Post!
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  6. 250senuf

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    From Hellsickle's sig:
    We don't stop riding because we get old, we get old because we stop riding.

    Ride on!

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  7. riverflow

    riverflow Adventurous Commuter

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    +1

    Great write-up also.
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  8. anotherguy

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    Sitting on the couch eating chips and drinking whiskey every day is dangerous too. Which is what I would do if I quit riding.
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  9. SgtDuster

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    I never felt the need to rationalize why I ride.

    I ride because I like it, as simple as that.
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  10. skidxr

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    +1
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  11. DR Donk

    DR Donk Been here awhile

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    I doubt you will ever change their minds on something they have already decided on. After I had a serious accident, many people commented that I should/would quit riding, that's not going to happen! :nah
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  12. motorat

    motorat TBD

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    after 30 years the choice not to ride is the problem.
    it just feels as natural as walking.
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  13. Wlfman

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    I just bought a shirt with that on it.
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  14. Avocet

    Avocet Been here awhile

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    Describing why you like to ride is as hard as describing why anybody likes anything. Who can tell you clearly why they like to listen to music or play a musical instrument? Can somebody explain why they like to look at art or to paint pictures? Why do some people like to sail boats or fly airplanes?

    I think in the end it boils down to the fact that you need to fill your life with something you enjoy doing. Something that takes you away from all the little worries and annoyances of modern existence, that consumes your consciousness with only whatever is going on at this particular moment. You need something that not only distracts you but also fulfills you.

    For us, here on this forum, clearly the thing that does that best is riding a motorcycle. It's an activity that is constantly challenging, where you never reach perfection but where you gain great satisfaction by feeling your skill increase. And while that's going on you're also able to see new places and experience the great natural beauty of this world. Why would anybody NOT want to do that?
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  15. raebear

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    Because I would not be who I am if I did not.
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  16. usgser

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    Your family doesn't want hear or give a crap about 'why' you ride. They just want you to quit. Don't waste your time trying to explain it to non riders. We all have reasons for what we like and don't like. Think religion. Don't wanna explain it and don't wanna be converted. When my mom and dad were dating back in the 30's he low sided (solo) and got rashed up pretty good. Mom never got over the period he was a giant leaky scab. She's 92 now and when I tell her I'm coming across state to visit I STILL get "you're not bringing that damn motorcycle are you?" If you love'm you gotta at least try to accept and deal with their views as you expect them to deal with yours.
    Good luck...tough row to hoe.
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  17. Mendo

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    This is spot on! Great writing :clap
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    I spent 8 months in medical facilities due to a shattered knee, two operations, an infection from a low speed (<3mph) head-on with my neighbor...

    I bought a 2012 stella in october 2013, it had 8 miles on it...it now has 400 (Dec 2013)...

    I've heard it all, the scolding and beratement, the lectures...

    If I try to explain why I have to ride again, even a million times, they would never "get it"...

    For those that do "get it", there is no explanation needed...
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  20. steelerider

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    I had an incident with a suicidal deer. Broken ribs, scapula, smashed collar bone, helicopter ride and surgery by the time it was all said and done. I told my wife in the hospital that I was getting back on my bike ASAP. She told me that she didn't expect anything different, knowing who I am. I have a good wife. The best part after that was everyone telling me how "lucky I was to be alive" like I was some kind of idiot for riding in the first place, or telling me their most gory effed up story of someone's uncle, cousin, friend , neighbors bike crash.
    I ride because I want to, and it's my life. I cannot exist without the sense of adventure it brings. We're all gonna die one day anyway. Either you watch your life slip away through your hands, or you live it.
    Ask your family / friends why they will drive past a fatal car accident on the side of the road, and think nothing of it. Or, if they really are that safe passing within 10 feet of an oncoming 70k lb tractor trailer while in a car, at 60 mph There is risk in everything.
    If you don't live your life, you waste it. Now, if you really are riding like a dumbass, and that is what caused your crash, get some training and gear, and figure what you're doing wrong. Learn from your mistakes and move on.
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