It has become more important than ever for the general public to realize that motorcyclists are not just Hell’s Angels Biker types, or Nazi Helmet wearing sportbike guys…with loud pipes and even louder personalities. There are many of those (perhaps a few too many). But motorcyclists come in all shapes and sizes and all walks of life. Not only that, for some reason people on motorcycles are usually friendly and helpful (bikers usually help out other bikers) and the kind of people you’d generally want in your neighborhood… This is so contrary to what people think (from television and movies) bikers are like that it’s going to take a lot of work to break the stereotypes.
I think it’s more important than ever because both the environment and gas prices make motorcycles a great alternative to automobiles… If you’re too far to bicycle, and don’t need to carry large amounts of gear, a motorcycle can get you anywhere a car can get you, faster, safely (once you learn to manage your risks), and with more fun. But the key to having more motorcycles on the road and more motorcycle friendly cities is changing the public perception. So here’s your chance! Wednesday July 16 is the annual “Ride to Work Day.” I don’t know anything more about these guys than what’s on the web site here. But the weather should be great here in NY tomorrow… Cheers!