What Type of Motorcyclist Are You?

There exists many types of motorcycles on and off the roads. A lot of times you can tell what kind of motorcyclist you are depending on the type of motorcycle that you ride. Dirt motorcyclists are classified as typically a track rider or cross country rider. Road motorcyclists have a lot more, there are cruisers, track riders, stunters, squids, mechanics, travelers, and philosophers. Since we deal road motorcyclists we are going to focus our attention on these types of street riders.

1. Cruisers

Cruisers are your normal leather wearing jacket riders who are tough and never seem to ride with a full face helmet. They enjoy group rides and keeping their motorcycles in pristine condition. They are charitable and love to help in the community. They stand for right but don’t ever cut them off. They love their Harleys more than their own wives. They are like cowboys but more comfortable and enjoy traveling to motorcycle rallies.

2. Road Travelers

They can be compared to cruiser riders but are more on the road exploring cities and the country than they are at home. They are found out on the roads during the summer time and the weekends and normally found with a partner riding behind them. They tend to be older and love Goldwings or the HD Glider Motorcycles. They are always ready for camping next to the road if they need to. These riders tend to ride with plastic or rubber clothes because they don’t care about the amount of water that rains on them.

3. Adventurists

These riders ride the enduro motorcycles that aren’t great for either on or off the roads. They are the motorcycles that are semi-big and bulky and stand really high off the ground to have rock clearance. These riders will typically ride out in the mountain sides and hit the off-road trails to explore the wilderness and be in the true outdoors. They normally ride with off-road helmets and padded jackets.

4. Stunters

These riders always have the most modified motorcycles with cages, a tank used as a seat, foot pegs in twelve different places, a hole in their rear seat, and always have at least one wheel in the air. They are normally in good bouncing shape as they love to jump from one sitting position to standing or laying down position. They wear hooded sweatshirts and tight pants, and a helmet with the visor open. Also found in big or small parking lots doing lots and lots of circles.

5. Squids

These guys are brand new to motorcycling and are trying to fit in on a budget. They wear short sleeves and shorts when riding, will have a motor burn somewhere on their legs and will wear vans or flips when riding. Everyone hopes they will eventually spend some money for proper riding equipment and most likely to be involved in a road rash accident. Never sell a new motorcycle to these newbies.

6. Mechanics

Often found in the garage or at the parts store. They know every aspect of the motorcycle and will do all they can to get every inch of horsepower out of their iron steed. They love to learn how things work and are willing to take their motorcycle apart and tweak even the finest of details to make it run without a flaw. They never feel they need a certificate to say the are a mechanic, they just get to work. You may have to wait until the weekends to see them because the spend all their other time working on their motorcycles.

7. Philosophers

These riders love to ride older motorcycles with a more simple design. Cafe Racer style with low handle bars and sporty wheels, normally a Triump brand. These guys love to just ride and fly down the roads. They like the in-between look of a cruiser and a sportbike but want a lighter feel with very limited components. The more simple the motorcycle the happier they are. They typically can be compared to a greaser that could be found in the old TV show “Happy Days”.

8. Commuters

These riders only ride to get from home to work or wherever they need to be quickly and efficiently. They are the ones that ride upright motorcycles made for good posture and can be very economical. They all ride with quiet mufflers because they don’t have a sense of hatred and they are very safe and cautious about their riding. They will always be respectful and just want to keep a smile on their face.

Let us know what type of rider you are and if you enjoyed this simple read. Whatever and wherever you decide to ride be sure to stay safe and ride smart.

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Norman Reedus Give Novice Riders Some Tips

On “The Walking Dead,” Norman Reedus’s character, Daryl Dixon, is often seen riding a motorcycle in the zombie apocalypse, a skill the actor honed for decades. Reedus is so into motorcycles that AMC gave him his own unscripted series, “Ride With Norman Reedus.”

But it’s far from a “Sons of Anarchy” meets Daryl Dixon examination of Harleys and bad boys. In the show, Reedus takes rides through various parts of the country, exploring different facets of the motorcycle culture. In the premiere episode alone, he cruises up the Pacific Coast Highway, from Los Angeles to Santa Cruz, stopping at a factory that makes electric motorcycles, and tapes a podcast with the people behind “Motorcycles & Misfits.”

Reedus says the show is for novices and experts alike. “[The goal] is to have people feel like they’re on that ride with us,” he says. “We didn’t want to be a gearhead show in anyway.”

Below, Reedus shares his tips for those newbies curious about how to start riding.

Talk to people, the old-fashioned way

Reedus says the best place to start with motorcyles is to seek out a friend who rides. “Talk to them about it,” he says. “Have them show you things. Sometimes it seems like a daunting thing to learn. But it’s kind of a natural progression from bicycle to a Vespa to a motorcycle. You just have to learn gears and certain things that involve a motor.”

Don’t go big

Reedus understands that getting on a motorcycle for the first few times can induce some anxiety. Therefore, he suggests sticking to something more manageable — and there’s no shame in it.

“You can start small,” he says. “Little motorcycles are just as fun. You just have to get over that hurdle. I can see how it can be pretty intimidating. Sometimes I get on bikes and I get intimidated.”

Norman Reedus riding with Imogen, Liza, and the Re-Cycle Garage crew, California, February 2-4, 2016
Norman Reedus riding with Imogen, Liza, and the Re-Cycle Garage crew, California, February 2-4, 2016 PHOTO:MARK SCHAFER/AMC

Surroundings matter

Beginners should focus on their immediate surroundings, Reedus says. Having access to much more in your line of sight makes the experience much different than driving a car. “You don’t have the restrictions of being in a car and seeing just what’s out the windshield and having blind spots,” he says. “You really don’t have blind spots on a motorcycle.”

That said, being hyperaware of cars around you is key. “You just have to be very aware of what’s going on around you,” he says. “Nowadays you have to assume everyone around you is texting and driving, since everyone does it.”

Get in your head

Reedus uses his time on a bike to work through the things in his day-to-day life. And it can become a zen-like process. “I do some of my best thinking with the helmet on,” he says. “That’s how I go to work every day. I think about my lines on the way to work, I decompress on the way home, I come up with ideas like that all the time. Although you’re connected to what’s around you, you’re also very isolated. The conversation is with yourself, in your head.”

Think outside the box for those first rides

“Away from traffic is the best place to ride bikes,” he says. “I discovered so many great trails and great routes throughout the U.S. based on what people told me; it was all word of mouth. Those were all my favorite rides, when you get off the beaten path. Go to the emptiest, most scenic routes. I say, take the slow route.”

Source: Wall Street Journal

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