Even then, riding a motorcycle is generally riskier than driving a car, and flying a small airplane is riskier than taking the airlines. So why do we persist? Simple. The rewards. Seeing the country from a small airplane is a joyous experience. You notice so much more from 2000 or 10,000 feet than you ever could from 30,000-plus feet in a Boeing. You can choose your traveling companions, and you won't lose your luggage. It's much the same for motorcyclists, where the journey is often more important than the destination. Our perspective on the world is bolstered by a far more immediate connection with it. You can smell freshly mown grass and feel the temperature change from valley to ridgeline.