Why do you ride a motorcycle?

I had a vision last night of putting together a series of pictures with captions explaining, “Why I ride a motorcycle.” Something like this.

Why I Ride


Your ideas are always better than mine alone.

So I need your help!

Why do YOU ride a motorcycle?

Post the reasons you ride in the Leave a Reply box at the bottom of this page.

  1. Keep it short (10 words or fewer).
  2. List your NAME and LOCATION if you would like for me to give you credit for your quote. You can abbreviate your name if you would like.
  3. Share as many reasons as you like!

Your reasons can be long too. But I won’t be able to use them in my picture idea. By sharing your quotes you are giving me the right to use them in all media formats (online, print, electronically, book, ebook, and video).

Let’s have fun with this!
Thanks, David

PS. You can send me your ideas directly if you would prefer using the Contact Button under the About Tab.

49 Responses to Why do you ride a motorcycle?

  1. MotorcycleMentor June 4, 2014 at 12:08 pm #

    Because it makes me smile.

    To escape from my real life.

    David Mixson
    Madison, AL

    • Chris Melson June 9, 2014 at 3:22 am #

      If I have to explain why I ride then you have never ridden. You must experience it to know.

    • Mary Jo June 10, 2014 at 12:09 pm #

      I ride because it is relaxing and takes your mind off of the common every day worries.

    • Quentin Lewis June 27, 2014 at 8:42 pm #

      I like the stimulation……. I am “one with the environment”, I SMELL the world, AND these sensations come fast enough to keep me from getting bored!

  2. Ricky June 4, 2014 at 10:35 pm #

    For good fun cheap entertainment.

    Most of all for the ability to clear my head.

    Ricky M.
    Bennington, VT

    • MotorcycleMentor June 5, 2014 at 3:17 pm #

      @ Ricky
      Good ones. Thanks

  3. Jeff June 6, 2014 at 5:37 am #

    I enjoy the physical and mental challenge. I enjoy the feeling of control. I enjoy the thrill of the ride. I enjoy the anticipation of the unknown. I look forward to my next ride.

  4. Richard Hollingworth June 7, 2014 at 11:15 am #

    When people ask me why I ride I say:

    “Only Motorcyclist’s know why dogs stick their heads out of the window!”

    Not your typical answer but perpetuates the stereotype that we are all crazy:)

  5. Kim Phillips June 7, 2014 at 11:46 am #

    So I will not be afraid. When I ride, my fears vanish!

  6. Tina Parnell June 7, 2014 at 11:55 am #

    Riding is a great stress relief! It clears my mind of all of life’s struggles. It makes me feel alive and strong. Riding is the opposite of looking at a computer screen all week.

  7. Sherman Anderson June 7, 2014 at 11:57 am #

    I ride to work and occasionally for recreation. My Vespa gets excellent gas mileage and is well balanced. I started riding at age 65.

  8. Terry Dover June 7, 2014 at 12:05 pm #

    As a woman, I LOVE saying, “Yes, I have my OWN bike!”

  9. Sandy June 7, 2014 at 12:32 pm #

    I ride for more than one reason. It’s fun, most of all. It’s a feeling of freedom. It’s also a challenge, mentally, to ride better and learn more every ride. And I have to say, it’s cool being a middle-aged woman and being able to say that yes, that’s MY bike, and I ride!

  10. Kevin B. June 7, 2014 at 2:56 pm #

    Why I ride?

    1. Because I can and want to….
    2. Because I’m too old to be an astronaut….
    3. Because it’s the best way to see the world!
    4 Because I strive to be the best I can be!

  11. Francisco Cruz June 7, 2014 at 3:14 pm #

    Because I enjoy adventure and love women.

  12. Ted - California June 7, 2014 at 5:08 pm #

    I used to dream of flying. Now, I ride a motorcycle.

  13. Gidon Sperling June 7, 2014 at 6:33 pm #

    Riding is poetry. A song of quiet pleasure and exhilaration unequaled. A joy so familiar to me and yet always enjoyed anew. Stress, aggression, frustration, disappointment, and all other negatives all fall away as the road passes beneath me. Bike riding is part of my mental health maintenance.

  14. Tom June 7, 2014 at 8:45 pm #

    Love travelling with friends
    Being in the groove on a curvy road
    Love to experience firsthand the areas I travel through

  15. Deb Hansen June 8, 2014 at 2:27 am #

    I love riding because I can go farther and faster than on a bicycle (which I still love) and see a grander view than in a car. I get a kick out of telling people that my husband and I ride….SEPARATE motorcycles!

  16. Thom Butterfield June 8, 2014 at 2:58 am #

    Riding a motorcycle is a sensory experience. It requires your full attention. It also makes you responsible for your own safety. Conversely, driving a car is almost entirely visual, so you can turn on the A/C, the CD player and munch on drive thru while chatting away on the phone.

    Thom- Montgomery AL

  17. S. Bass June 8, 2014 at 3:57 am #

    When riding I feel part of the world around me.

  18. S. Bass June 8, 2014 at 4:07 am #

    Riding through the air all my senses come alive.

  19. S. Bass June 8, 2014 at 4:19 am #

    The same road feels different on a motorcycle

  20. S. Bass June 8, 2014 at 4:26 am #

    On two wheels the journey is the destination

  21. MotorcycleMentor June 8, 2014 at 12:20 pm #

    Thanks for the ideas… keep them coming. Be sure to include your name and location so I can use them on the pictures.

  22. Don Plantenberg June 8, 2014 at 1:46 pm #

    Riding is my stress relief. The feel of the road, the connection with the elements, the unity of the rider with machine – there’s nothing else like it. In a world that has become over run with distractions; do you need to be super vigilant while riding? Yes, that’s part of the joy of riding. You’re paying attention to what you’re doing – and what’s going on around you. Ride safe my friends!

  23. Bob June 8, 2014 at 3:58 pm #

    I always wanted to ride a motorcycle.

  24. Bob June 8, 2014 at 4:00 pm #

    Riding is like flying an airplane. Only more intense.

  25. Tom June 8, 2014 at 7:12 pm #

    Got tired of pedaling uphill 🙂

  26. Damon Douglas June 9, 2014 at 2:08 pm #

    Because I earned the right.

    David, show a pic of a motorcycle training course in progress with my caption. Thx.

  27. Gay Allison June 9, 2014 at 5:14 pm #

    1 – Keep growing – Disrupt your comfort zone – Ride a Motorcycle!
    2 – I have stepped off the planet – I am soaring – I am free

    G. Allison – Missoula, Montana

  28. Gabe June 10, 2014 at 11:49 am #

    I ride because it’s the only semi-legal drug that works…and that my wife allows!

  29. E J June 10, 2014 at 3:13 pm #

    Cause it is something I can do with the love of my life!

  30. Maria June 19, 2014 at 3:32 am #

    Riding gets me in touch with feeling grateful.

    It’s a “plug in” for a human experience that feels wonderful, happy and fills my soul with good.

    Maria – Southern California

  31. Damon June 19, 2014 at 11:33 am #

    Why not?

  32. Quentin Lewis June 27, 2014 at 8:43 pm #

    I like the stimulation……. I am “one with the environment”, I SMELL the world, AND these sensations come fast enough to keep me from getting bored!

  33. Chris June 28, 2014 at 12:46 am #

    I ride because this is the only form of freedom in a ever changing world .!

  34. Dan Oliver July 5, 2014 at 12:37 pm #

    I ride because, when everything in life is wrong. It’s the only thing that’s right.

  35. Bob July 8, 2014 at 3:43 am #

    When I twist the thotle the engine roars, the wind rushes past my face, I know I’m alive. What could be better?

  36. James David July 25, 2014 at 3:22 pm #

    I ride for all of the reasons listed by the comments above; to clear my head, feel alive, freedom, like flying a plane, to “know why dogs stick their heads out of (car) windows”. But I want to add one more; for the challenge.

    It’s not easy to ride, it is especially difficult to learn; but when I’m out and my mind is focused and all the lessons and practice settle in I groove to the challenge and meet it.

    I am new, or reborn, to riding after a long (14 year) hiatus, not unlike the Mentor himself. Uphill starts, 90 degree rights into traffic in the rain, quick controlled slow downs for minivans whipping out into my lane and all of the other challenges get my blood up. These are all part of the risk I have accepted and though my blood is up I am never mad at the minivan driver or the rainmaker. They are all just another challenge to be met and over come.

    I ride defensively and get home every single time with a huge grin on my face (even if I am soaked to the bone by an unexpected Southeast summer shower). Then I spend the rest of the day thinking and scheming on the next chance to take the bike out.

    I ride because I love it.


    • MotorcycleMentor July 25, 2014 at 5:49 pm #

      @ James David
      Well said.

  37. Jason-pennsylvania August 11, 2014 at 6:15 am #

    It is the love of my life. There is no greater feel then f.r.e.e.d.o.m!!!!!

  38. Staffan Eklund August 18, 2014 at 9:36 pm #

    Why I ride? Well it’s obvious. Because I can!

  39. Sid October 3, 2014 at 6:54 pm #

    I ride because I love to ride curves.

    It wouldn’t be fun riding on an absolute straight road. Infact it gets boring even running on a straight trail. I ran 5 miles today, and the trail was absolutely straight, and I was looking at my watch every .1 miles, to see how much more I had to go. On a good trail/road, you are so much into enjoying it, that you wish you could spend more time.

  40. rc October 8, 2014 at 2:29 pm #

    My favorite part is the mental aspect. Having to focus on what you are doing. Similar to when I target shoot, in competition, with my Air Pistol. In order to do it right, your focus has to be on riding, or shooting. Let your mind wander, and scores will suffer.

    When I’m focused on THAT, theres no room for fear, remorse, guilt, or any of those awesome emotions we all go through.

  41. Mari-Anne October 13, 2014 at 9:49 pm #

    I’m a new rider and a middle-aged woman just starting out after many years of desiring to ride.

    I think I ride for a similar reason that I own a convertible: Wind in my hair; adventure; exhilaration.

  42. Sea Snake April 17, 2015 at 12:43 am #

    I think this guy says it best:


  43. Bradley Rebecca October 11, 2018 at 1:44 pm #

    I am really happy I’ve this information. Thanks!

  44. Letty Marshall May 20, 2019 at 4:23 pm #

    This information is really very productive for the new riders. Keep it up boy

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