Adventure Motorcycling is an amazing sport. It can allow you to see and experience the world in an incredible way. However, this sport is not for everyone. Here are the top ten reasons you might just be better off taking up knitting.
You are intolerant of risk in your life –
Risk is a part of life. For every choice made, there will be consequences. This fact is as inescapable as the cliche death and taxes. It is difficult to even talk about motorcycling without the topic of risk coming up. Every person has to evaluate this risk for themselves. If you are going to ride you have to accept that you can be hurt or killed.
Unfortunately, it happens every day.
What is your situation?
Do you have children or people that depend on you?
People that care about you?
When we willingly choose to participate in potentially dangerous activities for fun, we are being selfish. It is always wise to consider the potential impact of your hobby on those that you care about in your life.
You see problems as a curse instead of an opportunity –
When you read or hear about others who have been riding a while, the stories that always come up are of the things that went wrong. Problems will arise frequently when traveling on two wheels. If you are the type of person who doesn’t cope well when things don’t go your way, you should stay far away from motorcycles. However, if you see problems as a challenge to overcome and enjoy using your wits to blaze your own path through life, you will do well with adventure motorcycling.
You have no disposable income
You can never escape the all mighty dollar. Motorcycling can be as expensive or as cheap as you want to make it, but at the end of the day, it is something that the vast majority of us simply do for fun. Many people convince themselves that motorcycles make good financial sense because of their fuel economy.
Unfortunately, when you crunch the numbers, things rarely work out in favor of the bike. Maintenance, tires, safety gear, gadgets, and insurance all add to the price tag. To be able to enjoy this sport, you have to have at least a minimum amount of disposable income. There is really no way around it.
You lack self-confidence
There is no place in the motorcycling world for those that lack self-confidence. Frankly, it will get you hurt or killed in a hurry. You have to be willing to practice your riding skills. You have to believe that you will be able to take the right action in every situation in a split second. When you come around a blind corner and there is a car pulling into your lane you have to make the right choices and you have to make them NOW. There is no time for debate and no second chances. If this doesn’t sound like you, do yourself and your family a favor and find another pastime.
You don’t know the difference between a torque wrench and a Phillips head –
For the casual motorcyclist, this is less important. When sticking to the beaten path, there are few mechanical problems that can’t be solved with a cell phone and a credit card. For the adventure rider, however, your mechanical knowledge and abilities may mean the difference between life and death.
If you drop your bike in a remote location and snap a clutch lever, will you know what to do? If a rock suddenly decides that your motor would look much better with a nice new hole in the crankcase, do you have the skills necessary to get you back to civilization. How about a flat tire? Broken drive chain? For those that are inclined, these skills can be easily learned, but the time to learn them is long before the ride begins.
Your spouse says “No way, no how” –
I would be willing to bet that motorcycling has been responsible for more divorces than cheating spouses, 80 hour workweeks, and leaving the toilet seat up combined. There are many different opinions on this subject, but if you are in a relationship that you value, you need to make sure you are both on the same page with regards to motorcycling. Anything less is selfish and irresponsible.
Your idea of trip preparation is putting a cell phone in your front pocket –
Planning and preparation are vital to adventure motorcycling. It is much easier to think through problems and find solutions before you leave on a trip. A phone may get you out of trouble close to home, but most of the planet still has little or no cell phone service. While short trips may require little planning, longer adventures may require months or even years of consistent planning and saving.
You are not open to new ideas, cultures, or ways of life –
It’s a big world out there and it’s filled with people who think, act, believe, and live differently than you do. The more time you spend traveling, the more you will be exposed to different types of people. For many, this is one of the most exciting things about travel. For others, it’s what keeps them close to home. Do you consider yourself an open minded individual? The last thing that the world needs is closed minded travelers who see their own way of life as the only one worth living.
You fear the unknown –
Modern life revolves around the concept of stability. We buy houses, settle down, grow careers, invest for retirement, and take out insurance in an effort to insulate ourselves from the unknown. As a species, we find comfort in our habits and routines and find fear in the things we do not know or understand. Travel, especially motorcycle travel, is full of unknowns. Every day is different from the last. To stay happy, healthy, and safe you will have to think, improvise, and adapt.
You hate wearing safety gear while you ride –
Modern motorcycle gear is comfortable, adaptable to different weather conditions, and relatively cheap. If you can afford the bike, you can afford the gear. If you don’t have the sense to wear all the safety gear on every ride, please do the rest of us a favor and find a different hobby. There are already enough idiots on motorcycles.