Reasons To Ride

Deep Thoughts From Notable Motorcycle Enthusiasts Reveal Why They Ride.

Photography by Courtesy Of Dream Engine

I ride motorcycles because it's the cheapest performance you can buy. What else can go 0-60 mph in 3 seconds and top 180 mph for $10K? Nothing comes close to the performance for the price. And it's just plain ol' fun!
Chris Hesse, drummer, Hoobastank

A motorcycle inspires individuality, creative expression, personal challenge, camaraderie, fun, adventure, high art, relaxation, meditation, therapy, thrills (cheap or otherwise), a history lesson, a time machine and a sense of oneness with the universe. It also gets me where I need to go!
Mike Stone, guitarist, SpeedX

Depends on what I'm riding. The R1 makes me feel like Rossi, on the KLR I'm Helge Pedersen and the KTM feels like Superman's cape. The Gold Wing's range is endless, the Guzzi speaks to me in Italian and the Bultaco reminds me how long I've been enjoying all this adventure, ersatz and otherwise.
Dave Despain, host,
SPEED-TV's Wind Tunnel

Riding a bike removes the need for clutter, toys, rubbish that other men have to take on holiday. If I want adrenaline, I'll rush a giddy overtake, not rent a Jet Ski.
Dan Walsh, Endless Horizon

Riding is a sublime combination of the cerebral and sensual. It's always challenging and satisfying. Even as I slide into my "golden years," I intend to keep at it. To a large extent, riding keeps me going.
Dave Roper, noted vintage racer and the only American ever to win at the Isle of Man

Girls like bikes. I like girls. A bike is almost like having a bunch of money to throw around-it can have that effect on the opposite sex.
Roland Sands, former AMA 250cc GP champion and proprietor of Roland Sands Designs

The smell of race gas in the morning.
Wes Orloff, Team MOMBA

The tank is full, the switch is on/The night is warm, the cops are gone/The rocket-bike is all her own/It's called a Hurricane/Tell the truth, explain to me/How you got this need for speed/She laughed and said/"It might just be the next best thing to love."
David Wilcox, The Eye of the Hurricane

I love beating traffic on L.A. freeways at rush hour. I love that I can ride the same tracks as world champs. I love being alone in my helmet. I love the fact that, after 40 years, I still love bikes as much as the first time I rode on the back of one.
Alonzo Bodden, host,
SPEED-TV's 101 Cars You Must Drive

I took my GPz out for a ride/The engine felt good between my thighs/The air felt cool, it was 40 degrees outside/And I headed for the mountains feeling warm inside/I love that GPz so much, you know that I could kiss her.
Lou Reed, New Sensations

When I was 24, I rode to show off, to go fast and to get girls. Funny, but none of those reasons matter to me anymore. Now, in a world of diminishing energy and rapid overcrowding, I ride because riding a motorcycle is the right thing to do. It's still fun, too!
Craig Vetter, designer and inventor

Everyday riding is a social good, and benefits everyone, not just the rider. It engenders episodic transcendence, which leaves the rider calmer, more focused and notably refreshed. People in this state are more in sync with the world, themselves and others. When we ride motorcycles, we decide to be idealists.
Andy Goldfine, founder,
Aerostich RiderWearHouse

Anyone interested in better connecting with the physical world should try motorcycling. Despite practicing plenty of other adventure sports, none feeds me more simply, playfully and excitingly than motorcycling. That's probably why, in my dreams, I'm always riding.
John L. Stein, contributing editor,
Motorcyclist magazine

A skittish motorbike with a touch of blood in it is better than all the riding animals on earth, because of its logical extension of our faculties, and the hint, the provocation, to excess conferred by its honeyed, untiring smoothness.
T.E. Lawrence, The Road

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