Have you ever considered hopping on a motorcycle and cruising with the wind against your face? Have you thought of what it would be like to experience nature from the seat of a motorcycle, winding down roads surrounded by stunning views? Maybe you’ve thought about it before but have been hesitant to take the leap. There’s no better time than right now! The cool, brisk air of autumn creates the perfect atmosphere for a motorcycle ride. It’s a great time to take a deep breath and consider all of the amazing benefits that come with riding a motorcycle. Check out these 5 ways that riding a motorcycle can actually enhance your life!
1.Meet People & Ride Together
Whether you enjoy social activity or you generally consider yourself a bit of a lone wolf, it’s proven that social togetherness and group activity can benefit your wellbeing. Motorcycle riding is a fantastic hobby to have, because you do have the option of meeting other like-minded individuals and going out on rides together.
Having a social support network of friends or family is so crucial for your mental wellbeing. It’s actually been shown that social isolation or lack of social support can be associated with mental illness and mortality. Not only do low levels of social support show an increase in mental illness, but higher levels can also demonstrate buffering against these issues altogether. Overall, it’s shown that level of social support can actually curb vulnerabilities to illness.
Perhaps some days you do decide to ride on your own, but in motorcycle riding, there are so many opportunities to join forces with others and explore. Also consider that your fellow riders might know some really incredible roads to ride that you weren’t aware of already. In addition to fostering great relationships, get ready to be introduced to new spots to check out.
2. Get Involved in a New Culture
Many different images can be portrayed when thinking of motorcycle culture. At times, people might automatically associate motorcyclists with biker gangs and violence. In many cases though, this couldn’t be further from the truth. While, yes, outlaw bikers were somewhat prevalent in the 1970s, the violence brought about by these gangs has greatly ebbed.
Today, it’s not uncommon to see motorcycle clubs supporting various causes. Some, for instance, might be made up of recovering alcoholics or drug addicts like The Street Survivors. Not only do the members of this club help one another stay sober, but they also make an effort to help out within their community.
Of course not all motorcycle clubs are made up of recovering addicts, but many do lend a helping hand within their community when they can. Food or clothing donations to shelters throughout their area are commonly seen good deeds. You can support your community while also getting to know other motorcycle enthusiasts around you.
3. Relax & Enjoy the Sights
No matter who you are or what your day typically looks like, it’s so important for people to have time to truly relax. For some, this might mean sitting on the porch with a cold beer in hand, for others it could be going for an evening walk after work, or maybe it’s even going to the gym or for a run. Spending time to yourself and really unwinding is very different for many people.
For motorcycle enthusiasts, there are few things better than hopping on your motorcycle and letting your thoughts fade away. When you’re on your motorcycle, you get to experience the natural world for what it truly is. The wind is pressing against your face as you ride, assuring you that you really are in the midst of nature. You have more freedom to roam on your motorcycle that you might with a car or truck, which presents more opportunities for exploring uncharted territory.
4. Improve Your Physical Condition
Balance and coordination are crucial when it comes to riding a motorcycle. Behind the wheel of a car, there is not much physical effort that’s needed. When you’re riding a motorcycle, you do have to put in some work to keep the vehicle upright. Different muscles and joints are worked when riding a motorcycle than you might use elsewhere – when you’re first starting out it’s likely you’ll be a little sore after a long ride.
Your arms, thighs and core are utilized not only to keep the vehicle upright, but also to steer the vehicle along curving roads – particularly when you’re riding at a slower pace. Riding a motorcycle is a great way not only to strengthen and tone your muscles, but also to burn calories. When riding against the wind, or slowly walking your bike forward as you come to a stop, you’re engaging in calorie burning activities.
5. Improve Your Cognitive Function
Have you ever been driving a car and suddenly realized that you can’t remember the last 30 minutes of the drive? You might wonder how you even arrived at a particular location. It’s not uncommon for people to zone out as they drive a vehicle. With a motorcycle, though, that’s not often seen.
When riding a motorcycle, it’s necessary to stay mentally focused and completely alert and aware of your surroundings. Because you’re engaging in a physical activity – using your arms, legs and core to steer, it’s almost impossible to lose sight of what you’re doing. Increasing your hand-eye coordination is a great way to improve cognitive function.
Is it safe?
There are many different contributing factors to motorcycle accidents. While driving under the influence is one of the leading causes, speed is also a huge factor. When embarking on an adventure along winding roads, it can be easy to be distracted by breathtaking scenery and incredible views.
Keep in mind your speed though as you ride. Also remember that there are cars and trucks on the roads as well – not just you and your motorcycle crew. Be conscientious of other drivers and remember that you’re much more exposed on your motorcycle than many others are behind the wheels of their vehicles.