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The Why’s of Motorcycles: Gear

From www.alpinestars.com

You may have seen motorcycle riders in the movies (or around town) wearing leather jackets or vests with a ton of patches on them. It is very indicative of the Harley/outlaw biker mystique. I have never been interested in that type of bike or that type of style for that matter. I don’t know if it was all the anime I watched as a kid (Akira anyone?) or what it was, but the sport bikes have always appealed to me. Honestly, it doesn’t matter what type of bike you prefer – sport, cruiser, off-road, or even scooter – gear is between you and the ground, not you and your bike preference.

When I was a kid, I met a guy at the park down the street. I was young so I probably shouldn’t have been talking with him but I did. He rode a motorcycle. I asked him about his helmet. He said he didn’t wear one (I doubt there were helmet laws at the time). His reasoning was because a helmet can snap your neck if you land wrong. Even at my tender age (whatever it was), my first thought was that a snapped neck was better than a smashed head.  Continue reading The Why’s of Motorcycles: Gear

The Why’s of Motorcycles: Filtering

For long-time followers of me in my various online mediums, you may have heard that I started riding a motorcycle. If you want to know why, feel free to read my post on the PSB (Perth Street Bikes) forum here. The short version – because my wife said so.

Probably like you, I was fairly ignorant of the differences between motorcycles and cars before I started riding. To me, motorcycles were just two-wheeled cars that tended to attract hoons wanting to ride fast and die young. I’d see them weaving in and out of traffic, speeding past at incredible speeds, and generally being unsafe. While this is sometimes true, there is an awful lot of ignorance out there about what motorcycles can and can’t do and why motorcycle riders act in specific ways.

I’m going to start this series of posts with a common complaint car drivers have of motorcycles. Continue reading The Why’s of Motorcycles: Filtering