There is a real paradox with motorcycle riders.
If I were to stick one label on a rider it would be Rugged Individual. The characterization of someone with a machine that is as simple as it can be to get you from A to Z and everywhere in between, willing to face the elements and the wind, choosing his own path on the roads, setting his own schedule, and enjoying the experience of riding just as much, if not more, than the need to be somewhere else.
With that set of requirements:
Do I care what my motorcycle looks like? No. All I can see when Im riding is the mirrors and the headlight bucket. Im not looking at my bike while Im riding it, Im looking where I want it to go.
Do I care what other people think when they see me ride by? No. I only care about the thoughts going thru my mind. There are 7 billion people on Earth, and Im not spending any time or any money trying to alter the thoughts flowing thru anyone elses head at any given instant.
Do I care what I look like? Yes, no and yes... When I decided to get my MC license I was going to get black HD Iron, black leather jacket, black helmet. After taking the MSF course I got a red textile jacket, a red and silver motorcycle, I have a silver metal flake helmet that is retro reflective, and I wear a florescent work vest with retro reflective bars on it over my riding jacket. I dont care if other people think I look cool or sexy or tough, or if I fit their image of what a rider should look like. I just want everyone to SEE ME all the time, esp if I ever end up on the pavement away from my MC.
Does it matter what bike I ride? No. I have several cousins who ride Harleys. My grandfather had a HD back in the 1920s. There is a strong family connection there. When I got my license after taking the MSF course I went to a HD dealer with $3000 cash in my pocket to get a NEW Iron sportster. The dealer would not let me take any bike for a test ride. That was my first exposure to the HD "attitude". I ended up getting my Vstar 650 used for $3300 cash, later found out it is THE most reliable MC that was on the market at the time, and just by pure luck I could not be happier. Now I have two vstar bikes. Every time I have wanted to ride the bike has always fired right up, Ive never been stranded anywhere, never had to tow the bike anywhere.
The motorcycle wave is pretty much undefined. When I first started riding I thought it was pretty cool. Very seldom does another rider leave you hanging. Personally when I wave to another rider Im thinking one thing "we are all out here in this soup together, and I got your back brother, no matter what". If I see a bike on the side of the road I always stop, no matter what Im riding or driving. When I wave Im showing my nature. If they wave or dont wave, they are showing their nature. Thats all.
I have joked with others here, when someone starts throwing a hissy fit over something stupid, and tell them "you are going to have to turn in your bronze Rugged Individual Rider pin if you keep acting that way. You are correct, sometimes motorcycle riders get all emotional over the stupidest things.
Need to draw a flow chart:
1 does your motorcycle run?
2 is it snowing?
3 go for a ride
I ride because I like to ride.
Last edited by KCW; 11-18-2018 at 10:27 AM.