For the joy of it


I love mo­tor­bikes. They have trans­ported me to nu­mer­ous places as my sole mode of trans­port for years and been my loyal com­pan­ions through many win­ters. How­ever, I’ve been haunted through my 14 years of rid­ing by a par­tic­u­lar phrase, and it reared its head again on my 30th birthday. That phrase is: ‘ohhh they are death traps!’ To me a bike’s great­est ap­peal is un­doubt­edly the free­dom and es­capism. In a world of stress, fi­nan­cial pres­sures and ever in­creas­ing pace mo­tor­bikes are a tonic. I al­most don’t care what I ride, sim­ply that I do. I’m writ­ing this let­ter on Men­tal Health Aware­ness Day. Try and get some­one rid­ing for the joy of it, it may just change their life, it did mine. Ge­orge Cole, email

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