Going it Alone: Thoughts on Riding Motorycles on your Own
For years I have participated in online forums, groups and mailing lists pertaining to motorcycles. These avenues present you with a wide spectrum viewpoint. The quality of information and exchange varies from excellent, inspiring, challenging and on the flip side downright pathetic. There is a little something for everyone.
Are there new ideas?
As people come and go over the years I’ve seen a natural reoccurrence of the same questions and topics on these electronic hangouts. One reply theme that repeats itself is; motorcyclists that don’t like to ride on their own. I’m not talking about people who prefer to ride with someone. I mean people who stay home because there is no one to ride with.
“I want to go for a ride but I don’t know where to go.”
Don’t pressure yourself to always have to do something monumental. Sometimes just deciding to ride 50 miles away for a slice of pizza is enough. Adventure has a way of unfolding without your consent. Life is so random; a lot can change in 50 miles. Maybe you’ll make a left you never have before and get a great view of an inspiring sunset. Who can know? Just… go!
“I don’t know the roads.”
Seriously? How do you think the people that ‘know’ the roads, know them? Get yourself a map or view Google Maps online and make a route sheet, fire up the GPS set a waypoint and GO! I’ll even give you a head start. Here’s a little map tip: The wiggly shaped roads that are away from population centers are good ones.
Am I being too harsh?
I view motorcycling as an independent activity that you sometimes do with other people. Even when doing it with others you still have to maintain your independence of thought. Setting your own pace, safe following distance, deciding that maybe you don’t like the vibe of the group and being secure enough to peel off on your own are all imperative. Sheep-think gets people into trouble on the bike.
When I first started riding, I rode alone. Not yet knowing anyone else who rode motorcycles meant if I didn’t do things for myself I wasn’t going anywhere. I quickly found that it was easy to meet people, being a young woman on a sportbike. Though I did spend a lot of time riding with new friends, I never lost the interest in setting out on my own. Even now that I have long-time friends I enjoy riding with I still ride alone more than I do with someone else.
Downsides of Riding Alone:
- Not being able to effectively share what I saw
- Eating alone is less fun
Upsides of Riding Alone:
- Stopping for pictures is much easier
Tell us about yourself!
- Do you go it alone most often or is most of your riding with a group?
- What are the pitfalls or benefits?