Ask RideApart: How Hard Is It to Ride a Motorcycle?
Readers: Hey, RideApart! How hard is it to ride a motorcycle?
Kyra: I’m glad you asked!
Readers: Wait, are you about to make this question an opportunity to teach a life lesson?
Kyra: Why, yes, I think so!
Readers: Oh no!
Readers: We want to read about motorcycles, not your overbearing opinions [cue sigh of discontent].
Kyra: Yup, I’m going to do it anyway!
My answer to the question “How hard is it to ride a motorcycle?” is one which I think transitions into everyday life. If you agree with my thoughts and take my advice, it may actually add substance and accomplishment to other activities.
First, I’ll answer a question with a question. How determined are you? Anything is hard if you tend to give up easily. Maybe you’re not talented at it, but how hard something is often depends on how hard you make it for yourself. It’s hard if you have a bad attitude. It’s hard if you don’t listen to your (credible) instructors. It’s hard if you lose confidence every time you screw up. These things could create anguish and stress during any sort of activity. Riding a motorcycle combines balance, strength, endurance and agility with courage, focus, acquired knowledge, and a tremendous amount of common sense. Truthfully, that last trait might be the hardest to achieve, but everything else is well-within the average rookie’s grasp.
If you take your moto education seriously, and you absolutely should, ripping around town, conquering single-track, even earning points with your Iron Butt will not only be a swift fulfillment, but it could very well be “easy.” Consider your training thoroughly. Dirt trails with a friend? Off-road course? Safety Course? Basic Mechanics? All? Finding the right training for the kind of riding you want to do is key.
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Then, you have to find the right machine both for the job and for your body type. Don’t fool yourself, just because you’re “big” or “tall” doesn’t mean you need a liter bike or a full-sized adventure bike. Alternately, just because you’re “small” or “short” or “petite” doesn’t mean you can only buy tiny, small-displacement bikes. Find something that not only looks good, but something that fits you. Sit on a bunch of bikes before you buy. Bikes are like pants, you need to try on a lot of them before you find…