I saw this question posted over on the Victory Owners Group forum. The responses ran the gamut from bravado to claims of stress relief. Some riders had been on motorcycles since childhood while other had only been riding a few years. I suppose there are as many reasons for riding as there are riders.
I fit into the group of Boomers who didn’t get to have a bike when we were kids while it seems like all of our friends did. I suppose that is the reason I bought the first bike a few years ago. My kids were grown and out of the house, I had the financial means, and the wife agreed. It was time to satisfy the craving to have something I had been denied. My view of biking involved some fuzzy image of leather jackets with “Born to be Wild” blaring as background music. In the early days, I’d ride like I had some point to prove. Long distance for endurance and riding in cold and wet weather to prove … well … I’m not really sure what I was trying to prove as I look back on it. I didn’t want to be one of those fair weather, “Sunshine,” bikers discussed with so much contempt on some forums.
I quickly got past that though and discovered a different set of emotions when riding. My wife rides 2 up with me. She started riding with me almost as soon as I started riding. We found we were at our happiest puttering along on some little back road taking in the scenery at, or slower than the speed limit. We normally carry water and soft drinks as well as a snack. At the first sign of a numbing posterior, we’ll pull over. And while riding just to ride is fun, we find we prefer to have a destination. There are dozens of “Flower,” festivals in the small town surrounding our area in the spring, and various fall festivals starting in October. These are good excuses for rides. They give us someplace to go and something to do when we get there.
I guess a one sentence answer to the question of, “Why do you ride?” would be, It’s something Sharon and I enjoy doing together.
— Guy Wheatley