“Four wheels move the body, two wheels move the soul.” You’re bound to have heard this phrase, and we can reveal that… it’s all 100% true. In an ever more high-tech, interconnected and cutting-edge world, we have an ever greater, paradoxical need for distractions, something that lets us disconnect and unwind even for just a few hours. And motorbikes are among the best digital detoxes out there, nothing like cars. A blast of gas is enough to put a day of tedious meetings behind you, and a motorcycle ride with friends can set right a whole week of misfortune. But we want to be more specific and give you precise information on why you should buy a bike, if you haven’t already. Here are five great reasons.
The first reason you should have a motorcycle is that it improves mental and physical well-being. Needless to say, there are heaps of scientific studies on it. The main thing you need to know is that every time you open the throttle, your body releases large quantities of adrenaline and other hormones, which generate positive stimuli for the brain in their turn. In addition, unlike on cars, you ride a motorcycle with your whole body, not just your arms. You will have worked out already how this activates the cardiovascular system, with all the benefits that brings.
Finally, riding a motorcycle keeps your attention span high (we riders are more vulnerable on the road, so riding with more focus is a necessity), thus enhancing reflexes. And that’s without mentioning balance, which you’ll be called on to develop in any case.
The second consideration is more practical and tangible, especially if you’re always in a hurry – getting around by bike saves you time. No two ways about it – when it comes to saving time, bikes beat cars 10 to nothing. That’s because riding a bike lets you slip in and out of traffic (within reason, of course); because you’ll have no more problems finding a spot; because often, especially in big cities, motorcycles can use roads with traffic restrictions that are barred to normal cars. You’ll soon discover how quick the commute to work that you used to face by car every morning can really be.
Every motorcycle rider knows that having a bike ready in the garage is the perfect excuse to head somewhere, anywhere, in every free moment you have. Now you know, too. Whether it’s a ride downtown with friends, a trip to the mountains or just to get some air, it’s there waiting for us. When you think about it, you don’t really need a reason to take to your bike. Just having it in the garage is enough. And that takes you back to point 1, that a bike ride is a panacea for mental and physical stress, and on to point 4, below – a trip in nature has a whole different flavor on a bike.
Driving a car means closing yourself in a well-defined, comfortable space. On a bike, on the other hand, you ride squarely in the environment. You must know that nothing filters out your surroundings when you ride a motorcycle, so you can instantly experience smells and changes in temperature or humidity. A 360-degree, sensory experience, especially compared to the filtered experience of a car.
Perhaps there’s no need to say it, even, but… being a rider is just cool – period. It’s because of the world you become part of, the world of motorcycle riders, a genuine community made up of people who speak the same language you do. You’ll find yourself arguing with complete strangers as if they were lifelong friends… And then, there’s nothing like having a bike even just to be able to wear a track racing suit, like real MotoGP™ champions. It might be our Laguna Seca, an icon among one-piece leather suits. It’s preformed but still flexible due to the stretch inserts and it can be combined with IN boots like Axial D1, attached under the suit using Velcro. It’s also compatible with the water bag kit, for storing water in the aerodynamic hump, so you can drink while you ride in the hottest sessions.
After all these explanations, you will have understood why you should seriously think about buying a motorbike. It doesn’t matter whether it’s new or used – you just need some idea of how to choose. Here, to finish, are some tips. With a new bike you’ll have all the advantages that come with it – a certain number of guarantees, the confidence of having the best technology (especially with regard to electronics, today increasingly advanced and functional) and of using a vehicle that’s potentially longer-lasting and more reliable. On the other hand, a used bike offers an undisputable price advantage, much lower than a new one, though it demands greater preparation in order to make an evaluation. If you want to play it safe, we’d recommend you contact a dealer (they usually also offer guarantees), but if you want to venture into the jungle of private ads… take an experienced friend with you: he’ll be able to point out any hidden problems and advise you of the bike that’s best for you.
Bought one? Well, the next step, before you go out and have fun, is to get the right equipment. It’s essential to prepare properly and wear protectors to be truly free. Safety is the first thing that helps you feel confident on your own bike, no matter how experienced you are.