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I've gone through a lot of crazy these in my life. I mean truly honestly batshit "what the hell" type experiences. I've lost an older sibling at age six walking in on him being dead. I've been in a house raid with AK-47's and AR's all over the place. I've been in a number of serious car crashes without a scratch. I went to nearly as many high schools as years in high school. I have traveled tens of thousands of miles in my life. I have performed on stage, and I've even transcended the lines between gender to follow what I feel was the right route for me.

In all these experiences, of all these crazy things that usually should only occur in books or television I've found that the most exciting and envigorating thing I've come across yet is riding motorcycle. It is truly unique and also probably one of the hardest and scariest things I've ever undertaken. It is sometimes said that no sane man or woman would EVER decide to ride a motorcycle and continue to do it. In all honesty I believe that this is an accurate statement. The choice to ride a motorcycle is -not- a logical one no matter how one defends it.

Yet here I feel a calling to ride one. There is an inherently emotional factor to it. It is extremely dangerous though, regardless of emotional attachment. Thousands of people die every year on a motorcycle, either due to intoxication, error, or otherwise some sort of factor. Getting on a motorcycle and truly being aware of the risk means being aware that you are risking your life.

As I've said though, riding a motorcycle has been one of the most strongly impacting factors on my life to date. It routed a discipline in me that I've very rarely exercised on anything else. I can count the number of times on one hand that I have willingly sat down and studied a piece of literature with everything I had to make sure I assimilated it all. It calls me from being so recluse in my current living arrangement and to step outside and reconnect with nature. It has even been a social equalizer and has made tremendous bounds in balancing my social anxiety and feelings in regards to that. When you have ridden at 45MPH with only a few inches to spare between yourself and the ground, it really puts in perspective the world we live in.  

I've heard stories of people going into the armed forces and being transformed by it. Likewise there are many other venues and other experiences people have undergone to experience a similar catharsis and refinement of personality. However I have to say that for me right now riding motorcycle is simply and purely the most "right" thing for me to do that I know.

If nearly any friend of mine walked up to me and asked me if I wanted them to start riding motorcycle, I would look them square in the eye and tell them absolutely not. In the same line of action though, if they still went through it, I would welcome them to the community with open arms as a fellow rider as others have done for me.

I am rambling on now, but if i had to leave with a message it would be if you want to be a rider, do it for you and not a single other person.

/ramble

TTYAL
-Alexa
 


Date: 2009-07-18 10:56 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] dagibbs.livejournal.com
Welcome.

I've been riding motorcycles for... hm... 22 or 23 years. I am, still, whole. And I've done quite a serious amount of time on motorcycles in that time -- not just owned one and been a "Sunday rider". I've got a bit over 75,000 kms on the current Concours, I put a bit over 160,000 kms on the previous Concours. Before that I had a CB450 for a year, and a GS650 for three years -- probably at least 40,000 kms between them. Total in the 275,000 kms (that's around 170,000 miles) range.

I've done long trips and short. I've dodged death a number of times. You have to be aware out there. It isn't that cars are out to get you (though it may feel like it), it is just that they generally don't see you, and drive as if you weren't there.

And, it is so worth it.

The amount I ride is tailing off a bit. I'm not racking up the miles the way I did on my first Concours (25,000 km/year the first three years -- that's about 16,000 miles). But I'm still really glad I've got a bike. And, acceptance of it is a major filter for girlfriends... interest/excitement about it... is a major plus. (The person I'm currently not dating, but was dating for a short bit, and may end up dating, here in Ottawa owns her own helmet & leather jacket for riding. That's a big plus.)

If you make it by Ottawa, I'll take you around some of the fun local roads.

Date: 2009-07-18 11:42 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] sable-twilight.livejournal.com
Wonderfully written.

I agree with every word.

When I started rising a change came over me. A level of perspective, calmness and self assurance I had not had before. Not sure if you saw or felt that during my visit.

Anyway, I am so happy that you've taken this path and done so in an intelligent and informed manner. It is something for you to be proud of.

Date: 2009-07-19 08:32 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] io-spellweaver.livejournal.com
Welcome to the riding world hon. Ever since you said you wanted to ride I felt that same thing you were talking about, of worrying for someone else making the switch. But you certainly seem to have the right perspective on the whole thing, and I can only wish you a truly wonderful time out there.

Date: 2009-07-21 03:04 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] kalagni.livejournal.com
I don't know what to say other than I like this entry.

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