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A Rant About Young Motorcyclists by a Cranky Old Veteran of the Road (~anonymous)

Back in the day, riding a motorcycle was a way of life. It wasn't just a hobby or a passing trend; it was a commitment, a passion that consumed our souls. But now, it seems like the essence of riding has been lost on new riders.

Let's talk about respect. Respect for the craft, respect for the road, and respect for fellow riders. We had a code, an unwritten set of rules that governed our behavior on the asphalt. We watched out for each other, forming a tight-knit brotherhood of riders. But youngsters today, they ride like there's no tomorrow, cutting off other bikers, weaving in and out of traffic, and endangering not only their own lives but the lives of others as well.

And let's not forget about the gear—or the lack thereof. We wouldn't dream of getting on a bike without proper protective gear. Riding jackets, sturdy boots, full-face helmets that could actually save our lives in a crash. But these young riders think a flimsy t-shirt and a half-shell helmet are enough to keep them safe. They're just asking for trouble. It's as if they're invincible, oblivious to the fact that accidents happen, and when they do, the consequences can be devastating.

But perhaps the most frustrating thing about these young riders is their obsession with technology. A motorcycle used to be a simple and elegant machine—a beautiful, mechanical work of art. We could fix our own bikes, tune them up, and understand every single component. But now, these youngsters have bikes that are more computer than motorcycle. They've got gadgets and gizmos attached to their handlebars, to their helmets, distracting them from the pure joy of the ride. Instead of feeling the wind in their face and the rumble of the engine beneath them, they're too busy fiddling with their action cameras, GPS, checking social media, or taking selfies.

And let's not forget the attitude problem. These young riders think they're invincible, that the rules don't apply to them. They have no regard for the history and traditions of motorcycle culture. They treat riding like a fashion statement, a way to look cool on Instagram. But riding is so much more than that. It's about the freedom of the open road, the exhilaration of leaning into a curve, and the bond between riders who share a common passion.

I miss the days when riding was about the road, the bike, and the brotherhood. I miss the camaraderie and the sense of adventure that came with each twist of the throttle. These youngsters need to slow down, show some respect, and learn what it truly means to be a motorcycle rider. They need to understand the soul of the open road and embrace the values that have been passed down through generations. Only then will they truly experience the magic that lies within the world of motorcycles.

So, to all you young bikers out there, take a moment to reflect on what riding means to you. It's not just about the speed or the style; it's about the journey, the thrill, and the respect for the road. It's about keeping the spirit of motorcycling alive and honoring those who came before us.

So put on your gear, ride with caution, and let the wind carry you to places you've never been before.

And maybe, just maybe, you'll find that the true essence of riding has been waiting for you all along.

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Folly of youth



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