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ARE YOU READY TO RIDE A MOTORCYCLE?
So you always had a thing for motorcycles. Liked the sound, the glistening steel, the whole idea of just jumping on a motorcycle, taking off and having the wind in your hair. There is no other feeling like riding a motorcycle. People with convertible cars will tell you that having the roof down is just like being on a motorcycle, well it ain’t true. Riding a motorcycle is like no other experience you will have on the road. Every sense from sound, smell and sight is in over drive, a total adrenaline rush. You wake up one day and say “I want to learn to ride a motorcycle”. You tell your family and friends your decision. Lets deal with your families reaction first, unless your parents ride motorcycles, their reaction will probably be less then encouraging. They will tell you how dangerous motorcycles are, stories of terrible motorcycle accidents with fatal outcomes, and if that doesn’t convince you to listen to them, they will threaten to disown you or kick you out of the house for getting a bike, if you still live with them. At this point you have to think, get a motorcycle or be homeless, I guess the motorcycle idea is on hold for a while. Lets say their reaction is not so harsh, they think it is a bad idea but they respect your decision. Great, hurdle one is overcome, you still have a family!!! Next you tell your friends, totally different reaction then the family, they think you are so cool and are ready to go the dealership and look at motorcycles with you right away. They’ll tell you their brother’s friend’s father is a biker, you can ask him to teach you. Your set right… not so fast, before you go twisting any throttles. Making a decision to learn to ride a motorcycle is a big step in your life, we are not talking scooters or mopeds here. Your parents are partially right, a motorcycle can be very dangerous if you are reckless, careless, and not focused. Most motorcycles will go from zero to 60 mph, faster then you can read this sentence. There are no seat belts or airbags on motorcycles. Motorcycles offer no protection against the weather, or worse yet, other vehicles. With a motorcycle you wear your protection. Screw up in a car and you might bend some sheet metal, but for the most part you are protected. Screw up on a motorcycle and you are facing the real possibility you might die. Riding a motorcycle will always include an element of danger, there’s no way around it, but with the proper training and right riding gear there are ways to minimize your risk and put the odds more in your favor.
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