No, this isn’t another post about wind chill, hypothermia, frostbite, loss of traction in freezing weather or impaired judgment due to cooling effects. Nor is it about old grizzled guys on motorcycles making an excursion across the country as the Discovery Channel would like us to believe as reality.
I’m talking about the warmth of a roaring fire, and pulling out your favorite refreshment from the fridge and watching an inspiring film about a real motorcycle community. Motorcyclists who live each day to the fullest on their two-wheeled machines.
But, I’ve gotten ahead of myself.
It’s a difficult thing to describe. It’s about the camaraderie of the friends and families who ride together. It’s about the uniqueness of the people you meet when riding is an adventure. The connection to their stories and backgrounds.
I think riding depends on the context. There are times when I feel good just standing next to my Harley or just looking at it because I just did something to it that I thought was a little bit different that spoke to me. So, in that context I don’t even have to ride it to have a great experience.
But, when I get out on the road obviously the nature of where I’m going colors the experience a little bit; riding in a city at night, riding in mountains in the morning, hugging a mountain pass road without guard rails or riding through a desert rain storm.
I don’t know how best to describe it in words, but I like the energy of it. I like just hitting the road as the wind washes over me and letting the stress of work bleed out. There are a lot of dimensions in riding a motorcycle from the passion of the riders to the soul of their bikes and I’m sure that is what keeps so many people interested.
Why We Ride, is a documentary film that brings together the motorcycle community in a celebration of what it means to be a rider. It’s a great film and now you can download it on iTunes or Amazon and enjoy all it has to offer this winter from the warmth of your home.
There is nothing else like it. In fact, this study suggests that riding a motorcycle will make you a happier person than the average!
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