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Mark Richardson 21 Oct 2005 22:41

Why a motorcycle
 
I'm a motorcyclist and journalist for the Toronto Star newspaper. I'm preparing a story for next Saturday (Oct. 29) on long-distance motorcycle travel, including anecdotes from Ted Simon, Ewan Mcgregor and Ted Bishop among others, as well as some of my own from my own journeys.

The main question I have is: Why a motorcycle? Why not a car? I have my own reasons but I expect you have your own. Can you share them with me for the article?

Many thanks if you can respond to this,

Mark Richardson
Editor, Wheels
Toronto Star

greynomads 21 Oct 2005 23:23

You are part of a motorcycle and the environment you are riding through. One of the pleasures of long distance riding to me is that wherever you are, when you stop you put your feet down on to the country you are travelling through - you are part of it!

Riq 21 Oct 2005 23:31

Good Question

Why does a dog hang his head out the window ?


mcdarbyfeast 22 Oct 2005 03:12

Quote:

Originally posted by greynomads:
You are part of a motorcycle and the environment you are riding through. One of the pleasures of long distance riding to me is that wherever you are, when you stop you put your feet down on to the country you are travelling through - you are part of it!
Perfect explanation. LB.


beddhist 22 Oct 2005 04:40

I'm a biker, so I love biking. Burma is closed and you can't airfreight a car or van around it.

davidmc 22 Oct 2005 18:23

Motorcycles can go places cars can't. Into historic town centers, around gates, into hotel lobbies/courtyards, etc.

I think you get more respect from the locals with a bike too. With a car, you are just another rich tourist. On a bike you are a dirty, smelly, well not as rich of a tourist. You are a novelty, which can be good or bad!

Also, I think the police give you more slack on a bike too. I have had only friendly encounters with police in a very corrupt part of the world (Central Asia), whereas folks in cars have had much tougher dealings with the cops.

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Dave
www.mototrekker.com

Sime66 22 Oct 2005 19:29

Because it's f**king cool. And how often does going round a corner in a car make you laugh?

Matt Cartney 22 Oct 2005 19:31

Ever seen 'The Great Escape' ?
Matt


Mr. Ron 23 Oct 2005 02:13

To me its all about the exposure to whats all around you. The smell of your surroundings, the taste of the wind and rain, the compexity of staying dry, warm or cool. The challenge of travelling without the confines and protection of a steel cage. On two wheels you are much more aware of your surroundings which provides me with a better experience overall. Roadtrip in a car? I'd rather rent the movie, sit on the couch and drink beer http://www.horizonsunlimited.com/ubb/smile.gif

electric_monk 23 Oct 2005 05:01

If you are a motorcyclist..??? Why do you even have to ask the question?

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The electric monk always has faith.

White Rabbit 14 Nov 2005 22:10

Riding a bike marks me out as an individual, i've just done 17,000m across the US and being on the bike(as has been said)you are much more part of the trip/experience by adding more sences. Being in a car you only get a visual idea of what is going on out side (with the windows up and the A/C on), on the bike you get the sights, sounds and smells. Some good smells - fresh strawberries, some bad - fresh road kill!!
It's also a very good way to meet the locals as well, if you want to slip into and out of town then with just a look round then a bike is not the way to do it. Someone will always want to look at, and ask you about the bike your on esp. if it is different to the norm. Any bike with lots of luggage is different from the norm though. Riding an R1150 GS Adv with UK plates on, in the US made me stand out from the crowd a lot (I only saw half a dozen as I was riding round)and I had so many offeres of help/somewhere to stay from other BMW riders it was great.

Harvey

Bill Holland 15 Nov 2005 03:37

I read somewhere:- Travelling by car is like watching a movie, Travelling by bike is like being IN a movie.

Maverick Bubble 15 Nov 2005 04:33

Quote:

Originally posted by Bill Holland:
I read somewhere:- Travelling by car is like watching a movie, Travelling by bike is like being IN a movie.
That quote you read was from the book 'Zen and the art of motorcycle maintanance' by Robert Pirsig.......remember now?


origonalbe 15 Nov 2005 07:53

if you have to ask youll never understand

jedi knight 15 Nov 2005 08:27

I know who Ted Simon is, I have even heard of Grant Johnson, Chris Scott and Vincent Danna but who is Ewan McGregor?


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