Guide to Being a Responsible Biker
DON’T BE A DICK!
Being a biker is far from being clad in leather and chugging beer. It is about being a responsible adult and just enjoying the environment and your machine while riding. It is about the camaraderie and about being a gentleman and a model for those who aspire to own a motorcycle when they are old enough to ride one.
DON’T BE AN OUTLAW
Okay!...there is some factor of cool in being an outlaw. But none of those are applicable to the laws to be followed on the road. To be on two wheels comes with extra responsibility and a true biker is one who follows them diligently.
WEAR THE RIGHT PROTECTION
Your brain looks better inside your head than on the road! To be responsible, you must first be accountable for your own safety and that means wearing appropriate safety gear. And by appropriate we do mean a good standard of helmet and gloves.
TAKING CARE OF YOUR MOTORCYCLE
Your motorcycle is an aggregate of moving parts and to make sure they run in perfect harmony is the responsibility of the rider. This implies regular maintenance and keeping it in tip top shape. A true biker is someone who considers his motorcycle to be a living soul and tends to it like one would tend to a living person. Just remember the wise biker saying as a rule of thumb – “Keep your bike in good repair : Motorcycle boots are not comfortable for walking.”
TO HOON OR NOT TO HOON
Well…this is a tough question, but for one to be a true biker, one must achieve a certain level of wisdom. With greater wisdom comes better judgement and this means you need to carefully pick your moments for when you go full monty on the throttle and when you slow on down.
DON’T SHOW OFF
Just don’t be that person! To be a biker is not something one becomes to show off…it is rather an acquired taste developed for ones own soul’s satisfaction. You don’t need to convince anyone nor do you need any affirmations from others to enjoy your motorcycle. It just takes an open mind and a full tank of fuel.
SPREAD THE RIGHT WISDOM
Okay…we are not insinuating that a person who follows step 1-6 diligently has achieved the ultimate biker wisdom. Rather, ultimate wisdom is a made up thing and one can only get wiser as the years roll by and with experience, much like fine wine ageing impeccably with time. So, it is the responsibility of a true biker to pass on whatever wisdom one has achieved unto the fickle minds of rookie bikers in order to set that person on following the right road.