Sunday, March 15, 2015

Why we ride motorcycles, despite the risks involved

According to Wikipedia Risk; is the potential of losing something of value. Values (such as physical health, social status, emotional well being or financial wealth) can be gained or lost when taking risk resulting from a given action, activity and/or inaction, foreseen or unforeseen. Risk can also be defined as the intentional interaction with uncertainty. Risk perception is the subjective judgment people make about the severity and/or probability of a risk, and may vary person to person. *Any human endeavor carries some risk*, but some are much riskier than others.

From the above we can conclude that risk is not restricted to the use of a motorcycle

Based on a recent article I read on Ride Apart; many of you four-wheel suburbanites think riding a motorcycle is this dangerous, careless action--that’s an irrational fear. People are still scared of flying despite the fact that you have a better chance of dying in the car on the way to the airport than in a plane, why? Because, if you breakdown on a plane you can’t just pull over to the curb and wait for AAA or "LASTMA to come for bribes (Lagos)". Similar to how a fender-bender in a car would equate to a life-threatening accident to me on a motorcycle.

“Never fear a motorcycle, but always respect it,” Fearing a motorcycle can get you hurt, but respecting one can make you feel more alive than a car ever can.

Yes we have lost close friends, family and acquaintance but we still ride the same so called dangerous thing which people actually paint a scary picture of motorcyclists and blur the actual risks involved. According to statistics we all know, less number of people actually die in a motorcycle crash (fact).

Same Ride Apart; A car is an extension of your house, your office, your life, but a motorcycle is an extension of you. You trade your risks on a motorcycle. Every day you risk being late, getting lost, spending too much on gas and going insane--I don’t experience those problems. When I leave to ride, unless I’m commuting to work, I only have a vague idea of where I’m going. No GPS or smart-phone directions, because if I get lost, great. I’m on a motorcycle, my day can’t be bad. It’s a mental release that for many is vital to survival. I don’t stress about traffic or directions when I’m riding. It’s a personal experience that has sometimes become a spiritual experience. Even in a pack of other motorcycles or a crowded highway, I ride alone.

Getting in a car is like waiting, not living. Sit in traffic, go to point B with the windows up and A/C on listening to a boring talk-show host and stress about the day. Getting on a motorcycle tears away the modern world, no music, skip traffic, alert, riding away from your thoughts and stresses with the twist of the throttle.

We have all the time

Bikers preach and abide by safety rules more than any group or organization in this world like preventing HIV.  large portion of motorcycle deaths come from riders without helmets, but what kind or group of people would not like to ride like kings, mounting their bikes without a crash helmet? mean while you should take note that bikers who respects a motorcycle live and look younger from having a peaceful life of joy, laughter, good sleep,  love from enthusiasts etc.

Please let us know why you don’t ride a motorcycle if you really have a reason

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