3 reasons why you should learn to ride a motorbike
Riding a motorcycle or scooter on these modern, busy streets is dangerous, uncomfortable and quite often impractical, so would you even consider beginning to ride in the first place? Here are a few ways in which motorcycling might actually be a good, useful and worthwhile pursuit...
You only have to spend a few moments talking to a biker about how the act of riding makes them feel before you’ll have all the anecdotal evidence that you need to prove that biking can make people seem happier, but in late 2018 a study from the Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behaviour at the University of California, Los Angeles actually proved that fact.
In the study - sponsored by Harley-Davidson - UCLA researchers recorded the brain activity and hormone levels of more than 50 motorcyclists before, during and after a bike ride and discovered that there are a number of potential mental, and even physical, benefits of motorcycle riding; including decreased levels of cortisol, a hormonal marker of stress.
And, in actuality, whilst it can be a good stress reliever, riding a motorcycle for just 20 minutes can also increase a riders’ heart-rate by 11%, and their adrenaline levels by 27%, which means that riding could technically be counted as light exercise too!
We’d argue no, not at all. And why? Well because even on a sportsbike - largely regarded as perhaps the worst kind of machine for doing long miles on - the ability to stretch and move your body around can actually more physically relaxing than being forcibly sat, bottom-down onto a car seat for hours at an end.
And if you can manage to find a motorcycle actually designed for the job - say a Sports Tourer or a big Adventure bike - that allows you to move around, stretch your extremities and has you sat feet forward, knees to the breeze, then you’re going to feel physically relaxed and mentally refreshed.
Riding a scooter or bike can often be more practical than travelling by car.
So, how can riding a bike actually be more practical than travelling in a car?
One word - filtering.
Picture the scene, it’s 0845 and you’ve been sat at a standstill in your car for 20 minutes whilst stuck in a traffic jam a mile long, because of an accident or some other, similar reason ahead.
Now picture the scene again, only this time you’re dressed head-to-toe in leather, you’re sat on a motorcycle and instead of being stationary you’re casually zooming past cars and trucks on either side of you with barely a minutes delay to your usual commute.
There really is no better mode of transport for a short, daily commute.
But the one reason that we would give to people considering learning to ride by way of persuasion would be a simple, three-letter word.
Riding a motorcycle or scooter is… FUN!
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