Motorcyclists should stick together more
Motorcycling is all about freedom and doing something a little out of the ordinary.
Most bikers embrace that slightly anti-establishment persona. And while most of us won’t admit it, we also enjoy the slight hint of danger that riding a motorcycle gives us.
Chuck a leather jacket on and a full-face lid with a tinted visor and most of us think we’re about to star in the latest Mission Impossible film – even if we are just popping to the shops for a pint of milk!
For many the joy of motorcycling is about getting away from it all. About getting out on the open road without anyone demanding a piece of your time. It’s when you can explore the universe incognito.
It’s time away from daily pressures, from ringing phones (unless you have a high-tech helmet), from the usual stresses and strains. It’s about living for the moment and thinking about that next corner or rise in the road or gearchange. Often, and for many, it’s about exploring one’s individuality. Whether that’s in the way you dress or they way a bike is customised.
Every now and then, though, it’s nice to feel the camaraderie that biking brings. Whether it’s that sense of persecution that unites us or a simple unspoken understanding that sharing such a life-affirming past-time gives us – it matters not.
I’ve had some amazing moments leading or being part of a large group of motorcyclists rolling through the country, making people turn their heads as a long line of two-wheelers reverberates through their town or village.
It’s not something I’d choose to do too often, but a mass rideout from time to time makes a bold statement to the public at large. It says we exist and we share a passion and we can’t all be wrong.
At the very least it makes people sit up and take notice of motorcycling.
I will be joining 300400 like-minded souls in a rideout from Butlins to Cadwell Park in a couple of weeks time as part of the MCNLIVE event and I’d urge everyone to give a mass rideout a go this year, it’s good for the soul!