Early Friday morning while making small talk with a co-worker by the coffee pot, he slipped in a ‘did you ride your motorcycle to work today?’ There is nothing unusual about him asking me. Though he is not a rider himself, he always makes it a point to wish me safe travels and tells me to watch out for the crazies on the road.
Other co-workers, none of whom are riders also take the time to mention bikes they may have seen and liked. They’ll ask if I did any riding over the weekend. Sometimes they say things like, ‘I saw this bike and thought of you’ and they’ll whip out their phones to show me a picture they took.
Of course, there are also those times when people will mention a motorcyclist that they may have seen doing things that were… “dangerous.”
These people, my non-riding co-workers – seem to see and pay attention to motorcyclists of all flavors.
Motorcyclists, anonymous as they are – are often unwitting ambassadors to the sport, to the lifestyle. They serve as conversation starters, subjects of chit-chat, examples of good and bad behavior just by the simple act of going about their everyday lives on a motorcycle.
What do you think?
- Does the behavior of other riders have an effect on you as a motorcyclist?
- Are you a good ambassador for the motorcycling community?
- Do you care one way or the other?