Originally Posted by LordLoveRocket71
I got the bike out again twice this week, god I have missed it.
It's a lump of metal, but I love it dearly. Rode for not as long as I would have liked, but enough to make me smile from ear to ear. When asked by non riders, why, I cannot really put into words why I do it. The best I can come up with is "it's chicken soup for the soul. It's a reset button, as soon as I ride I forget everything, it gives me some kind of balance, I get in the zone". I really cannot explain and in the end suggest a non rider trys it.
Anyone out there help me out how to explain to non riders why? I tried to get my wife into it, I even volunteered to get a Speedmaster as opposed to a Bobber so that she could also get it, but she doesn't. What is it that I crave that she and others don't?
I was a car man long before riding bikes. I’ve owned some serious metal over the years and raced competitively for over ten years. Some of the race cars I have owned have been road legal, and although I loved being out on a track, the simple pleasure of being out on the road in a car that provides such a sense of occasion, due to offering some theatre, was and still is a thrill...(when the roads are clear at least!)
I then, after putting bikes off for so many years, bit the bullet and bought my first bike, (some time ago now) and what was true of my experience and love of enjoying the road on four wheels... was elevated to a whole new level when on two!
Before that revalation... many bikers over the years had tried to explain and to convert my ways to that of the bikeside... but although I felt I had an idea as to what they were trying to convey... I could have never fully understood until I experienced it for myself.
In what you’ve written... I identify the most with, “It's a reset button, as soon as I ride I forget everything, it gives me some kind of balance”. In my own words, it’s pure mindfulness, nothing else other than the task at hand and the views around me enter my mind, which gives me a silent, restful peace and rest-bite from anything else that might be going on in my life.
I too have tried to explain this to people and more often that not it falls upon deaf ears. I’ve come realise it’s something that needs to be experienced and even then some fail to be stirred in the same way.
My wife also rides, has done for a lot longer than me... but see’s the bike as a means to get someone efficiently and swiftly, which of course it is and does, but I never use my bike to arrive, it’s used for the joy of the journey there and the Zen that brings me!