I remember rebuilding a Suzuki Intruder tank that got dented from a fall. Covered with abrasives, putty, degreaser. In general, it was clear that the bike was undergoing a serious repair. They approached me with a question:
– What for? Why are you going to restore it?
And then I realized that it is difficult to explain to someone far from loving a motorcycle why you spend the devil knows how much time with a piece of iron in your hands.
Many people understand that a motorcycle is a choice, not a harsh necessity. A car can be a forced decision – a riding horse to carry the children to school, to work and to the dacha on weekends, a bunch of different rubbish.
A motorcycle out of despair can only be chosen by people who live in places where it is too difficult / expensive to get to by car, and a motorcycle, if something on its own to push out of a rut or mud road, is more realistic than a tightly stuck car.
So what makes people choose a motorcycle?
Economy and speed of movement
Even though a good motorcycle is worth the price of a car, it is often cheaper to maintain. I do not argue that everything is learned in comparison and depending on what to compare with what. Many people believe that motorcycle life costs an unrealistically large amount of money, but let’s be honest, even hippies don’t live cheap in modern times.
The bike is convenient in large cities, saving time in traffic jams, as well as in its modest dimensions, which make it easier to find a parking space, even if some parking lots are brazenly trying to demand the same money for a motorcycle as for a car.
Summer on a motorcycle is definitely faster and more interesting to get there for any business. That is why motorists often switch to two wheels in the summer.
PR and public opinion
“I won’t be like everyone else,” thought everyone who bought a motorcycle under the influence of pop culture.
Motorcyclists have their own unique roles. There is no escape from him. Human stereotypes live for a very long time. Thousands of people made the decision to switch to a motorcycle due to the fact that somewhere a mesmerizing exhaust thundered, someone gave a ride in the back seat or gave it to steer. The great interest of people in the image of a motorcyclist leads to the culture of both romantics and reckless people. Both are looking for self-realization and happiness.
Public opinion constantly looks at the motorcycle culture as a mischievous young man who is always learning something.
The image of a motorcyclist is widely publicized and recognizable, many want to be involved in this, to be like “that guy” or “that girl”.
Excitement and adrenaline
Motorcycles are generally a controversial topic, because they are loved and feared for the tingling awareness of the dangerous consequences of possible accidents – like walking on a knife blade or thin ice. People are delighted with the sharpening of all senses while driving a motorcycle. In particular, it concerns the feeling of “here and now”. Ordinary mortals get tired of the insipid life, routine and regularity blur the eye. A motorcycle becomes a solution to problems for a separate number of people, a pepper that spices up the world around us. Sitting on a bike, everyone realizes the fatality of the error. Isn’t this one of the most gambling games with high stakes on health and life?
The flip side of the coin is dependency. People who are adrenaline junkies, those who want to experience the thrill. From time to time they themselves are looking for how to get a new surge of emotions and sometimes go too far.
Feelings of separateness and unity
The second obvious contradiction in motorcycle life is a fine psychological line. All people on earth are united by loneliness, but everyone has their own personal. A motorcycle allows a person to show individuality, to feel like a separate unit in the flow, but at the same time it allows you to join the motorcycle culture, which everyone knows about, thanks to public opinion and PR.
After all, he is a motorcyclist, either a lone wolf or a passionate supporter of the club – so many think when they come to the decision to buy a bike. This is noticeable in the way newcomers seek to join the company or, on the contrary, position themselves as a motorcyclist who is on his own.
It turns out that the motorcyclist is simultaneously looking for freedom and self-sufficiency, but wants to be involved in the group.
Sport is a separate voluminous topic, because there are no random people here. People come to motorsport for self-development, for realization, with the desire to catch luck by the tail and the excitement of the player.
Travel and discoveries
The argument for buying a motorcycle is tourism on two wheels. Summertime is famous for a surge in both short and long distance travel. Not everyone likes the idea of traveling by car; the romance of the road on a bike attracts many. If you are using a motorcycle outside the racetrack or in the city for commuting, then travel is definitely one of the top reasons to buy a motorcycle.
Someone perceives a motorcycle as just a technique, but for someone it is an art. Any custom builder will tell you that making a motorcycle is creativity. The motorcyclist expresses himself through tuning, through the lifestyle within the culture, even through the choice of equipment. Motorcycles are bought not only for driving, but also for the love of history, mechanics, and art. If the motorcycle did not belong to creativity, engineers and designers would not create it unique in shape and style. Nobody would bother with the options for installing a particular part in a certain place. While some would rightly call this creating a competitive model, why shouldn’t even this be considered creativity?
In the motorcycle industry, there were stages in which a motorcycle had to ride under any incredible coincidences, without a discount on beauty, in the early stages of production. Over time, people still began to decorate and work on them, because the craving for creativity and beauty is as natural to a person as contradiction.
People switch to motorcycle in search of change. Some change jobs, others change their social circle, and someone decides to go to meet their dreams, buys a bike in order to radically change their lives.
Owning a motorcycle involves acquiring certain skills. Pilots learn and improve their knowledge in motorcycle schools, exchange experiences with other bike owners. The presence of a motorcycle forces a person to delve into technical subtleties, as well as to change psychologically. The main trump cards of motorcyclists are self-control and attentiveness. As they are confident in themselves and their skills, pilots increase the power of the bike or move to another class of motorcycles, try motorsport.
In any case, owning a bike makes you more often think about responsibility for your decisions, adequately perceive the danger of a possible fall, and also learn to control your body and mind so as not to make stupid mistakes.
The most important reason the above boil down to is pleasure. Bike owners really love what they do, so every year they wait for the season to start, or even never finish it at all. The pleasure that a person gets from driving a motorcycle makes the pilot improve his skills, work on himself. The pleasure of discovering and traveling makes him plan more and more new routes, share his findings. The pleasure of self-realization in motorsport or motorcycle culture, the joy of communicating with like-minded people – all this is worth joining life on two wheels.
Separately, I would like to recommend a worthy documentary film that answers the question: why do we ride motorcycles? 2013’s “Why We Ride” brings together the stories of very different people, showing the versatility of the love of motorcycles.