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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: Speed Changes

If you ask someone that rides motorcycles why they do so, you may get a variety of answers. If you let them talk long enough, one of the things they will probably list is speed. Even at low speeds, being on top of a motorcycle makes it feel like you are flying down the road. For some people, namely irresponsible and (usually) young, this is very near the truth. But for more responsible riders, like me, the “speed” is more a “sense of” rather than an actuality. I don’t ride any faster than I drive and yet the sense of speed is a big draw.

Before I started riding, I found motorcyclists to be very uncomfortable to be around on the road. Often they’d be near (usually in front of) me and keeping pace with traffic. Then, with a twist of the wrist, they’d shoot forward quickly to a new position and slow down again. This seemed at best distracting and at worst dangerous. Why were these motorcyclists acting so erratically? Continue reading The Why’s of Motorcycles: Speed Changes