Infidels

IMG_2514So I had this discussion with a person who not only wasn’t a fan of motorcycles but actually hated the whole idea of them. I was shocked to hear of this but apparently this person could not see the economical gains that could be made by riding, hence they were useless in her eyes. It really got me thinking…

First of all, riding a bike isn’t an financial decision. Ask any marketing professional, copywriter or similar: Nobody will ever try to convince a non-rider to become a rider with logical aspects like fuel economy and time savings. I mean, my CBR is much more thirsty than my car. But I don’t car since riding a bike is a spiritual experience while driving a car is transport. No, owning a bike or two means that you just committed to feed the money pits for as long as they are in your possession.

From a traffic perspective, there are a lot of gains to be made by having everyone riding. No more jams means a lot of valuable man-hours not being wasted in traffic. But a part of being a rider is the feeling of doing something unique. If everyone was a rider, it wouldn’t be as much fun. And as an individual I don’t care if everyone else is riding since jams aren’t a problem for me anymore. Selfish yes, but true.

Last but maybe the most important is the factor of life quality. To me, riding is such an enriching experience that while not being able to put a price on happiness, it is still worth every penny. That, like military life (a completely different story though) is impossible to explain, it has to be felt, lived and embraced.

Still, it was brutal realizing that there are not only people who don’t share my passion (they are everywhere, including my family), but there are people who despises the very act of riding a motorbike. It could be envy, it could be denial, it could be ignorance. I believe that once you’ve tasted the life on and off the road, you will be changed. All I have to figure out is a way to convince the non-believers to try…