Lisa's Motorcycling Homepage
Why do I ride a motorcycle? For the same reason that I bike: it's extremely environmentally sound, and I'm quite a naturalist. It lets me experience the world I drive through. If I'm going to go leaf watching for a few hours, why should I pollute the environment and burn through gas, while gazing at nature through sealed glass? A motorcycle is like a road-capable horse :) Think about it! On one gallon of gas you go 50+ miles, use Far fewer other chemicals, only use 2 tires. It could only be better if it was solar/electric (too expensive for most of us so far). This Quiz gives environmental points for motorcycling!
I take motorcycling seriously. Bob and I researched riding for 6 months, signed up for the best course in the area, and practice constantly. He put over 5,000 miles on the bike the first year alone. This is no different for us than any other "activity which involves some risk" - say, car driving!! For people who think motorcycle riding is dangerous, I'd ask them to think about how they drive their cars every day.
Any motor vehicle has risk. Any rational person can work, constantly, to minimize this risk. I strongly feel our motorcycle riding is far safer than many car drivers we know :). If you're a driver or a rider, think about what you're doing. Make sure you're doing it well, take training, pay attention. It's not just your own life, it's the rest of us out here, too! :)
Facts are facts. What are the statistics? They give great news for intelligent, educated riders:
If you must use a gas-consuming, atmosphere-polluting vehicle (visions of black smoke rolling across a pristine countryside inserted here) instead of just biking somewhere, consider if you can use a motorcycle instead of a car. Many campuses and cities actively encourage motorcycling instead of car driving for that very reason. If you take the same common-sense precautions that you should take with your car, you will be doing the environment a big favor and get some enjoyment in the process!
(Lisa lapses into her tirade against Parentalism in Government)
I'm weary of untrained people wanting to pass laws against "dangerous motorcycles", just like I'm weary of people getting into car accidents, hurting others, and saying, "Ooops, I didn't look to my left," or "I thought I could stop on a sheet of ice." Know what you're doing. What are car drivers doing driving a solid metal object at 60mph if they're not willing to take responsibility for being trained, doing it safely, and paying attention? What are "I've never ridden at all" people doing, assuming that their bad (non-existent) skills are equivalent to the skills of us riders who take the time and make the effort to do it safely? Learn to drive both well. Practice and pay attention. This is Real Life.
(OK, I'm better now ...)
Lisa's Motorcycling Homepage