10 Signs you’re living the Biker Lifestyle
“We Ride not to escape life, but for life not to escape us”
Incidentally, not even half the folks that call themselves Bikers actually live the lifestyle of one. And we don’t blame them for it. It’s just the way of the world. It ties you down. Work, career, relationships, responsibility, everything designed to keep you grounded and keep you balanced. On a bike however, it is impossible to attain balance while standing still. You gotta keep moving. The life of a biker is the living embodiment of that statement. Never stuck or tied down, always in a state of departure and arrival.
So what is it about the Biker lifestyle that seems to elude most of us? And more importantly, is it ever possible for a regular man/woman with regular life to be living the Biker lifestyle? And how do we even know if we are actually living one? Here are a few tell tale sign you actually live a biker lifestyle even if you don’t know it:
1. The only way you know you love someone is when you love them as much as your machine:
"The most important thing is to have a good relationship with the bike... you have to understand what she wants. I think of a motorcycle as a woman, and I know that sounds silly, but it's true." - Valentino Rossi
If battery problems in your motorcycle gives you sleepless nights, you sure love your motorcycle. If you care for your motorcycle as much as you care for your girlfriend, it is the first sign that you're living the biker lifestyle.
If you are one step ahead and feel that your girlfriend might dump but your motorcycle wont and love your two wheels much more than her, check out our earlier blog:
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2. You never ask someone to let you ride his or her bike:
Neither do you like being asked by someone yourself. If you think it’s just bad manners to ask someone to let you try your hand on their bike until they ask you to, not to mention annoying, then you might be truly livin’ it to the tee. After all there are only but three things bikers don’t like to share; bikes, cigar and women. Exceptional circumstances can always come about, but as a true biker, you got to stick to your own one true machine and not allow yourself to be swayed by the temptation of another’s.
3. The word Brotherhood means more to you than just a bunch of riders getting together and having fun on the weekends:
To you it might even be sacrilegious to say the word in vain. If your sole loyalty lies towards your brotherhood (and your spouse) and if your affiliation with it takes precedence over most or all other matters and concerns of your life, then it’s a bloody good sign that you’re living the biker’s lifestyle.
4. You recognize your friends by the sounds of their exhaust:
You are walking down a busy street, when you hear a motorcycle near by and you recognise it as you friend. If this has happened to you more than once, you know that you are living the biker lifestyle.
5. You find yourself living between road trips:
If most of your days are spent either reminiscing over the last road trip you undertook or planning the next one, and if the time between these road trips seem to you a period of suspended animation then it would be fair to assume that you truly live the life of a Biker.
6. When your conversational topics usually entail words like horsepower and piston rings:
If you find that even your deepest conversations with your fellows and mates involve matters that somehow relate to things like horsepower, clutch plates, or block pistons, then it might be due to the fact that you live the Biker’s lifestyle.
7. When freedom to you is synonymous with Open roads and two wheels:
If being on the open roads and on two wheels feels like your home turf and it’s when you truly feel at one with yourself and the nature around you, it’s a pretty good sign that you’re living the biker’s lifestyle.
8. You find yourself riding just for the sake of riding:
"I really love to ride my motorcycle. When I want to just get away and be by myself and clear my head, that's what I do." - Kyle Chandler
If you feel that any reason you might cite for riding your bike are mere excuses to ride it, and the real reason why you ride your bike as often as you do is simply because you love being on two wheels and be chasing the sun and racing the rains, then it’s a strong indication that you’re living the biker’s lifestyle.
9. You choose your bike over every other medium of transportation whenever possible, convenient or otherwise:
"Whatever it is, it's better in the wind"
Notwithstanding the one off occasion when you’re left at the mercy of whatever transportation is available; if the mere thought of taking a public transport to work or the market or taking a road trip in a car makes your stomach turn inside, and you invariably try to use your bike as much as you can to get wherever you need to, chances are, you’re living the bikers’ lifestyle already.
10. When words like ‘gear ratio’ and ‘accelerator pump’ make perfect sense to you:
If you can recognize and name all the major components that go into making a motorcycle, better than you can recognize and name your exes, then it might be due to the fact that there’s a grease monkey lurking inside your heart, and we don’t need to tell you that being a grease monkey is an essential part of living the life of a biker.
All of the above signs, signals and suggestions set aside, no one in the whole wide world has the authority to tell you that you’re a true biker or otherwise. You just know it in your heart and don’t feel the need to wear it on your sleeves.
If this is the case with you, we are sure the below Harley Davidson commercial will make you wanna jump off your seat and hit the road.
So what are your peculiarities that make you identify with the life of a biker? Drop your comments and let us know.