BMW Motorcycles and life
Why I ride a BMW motorcycle to work everyday.
I ride a BMW R1150RT motorcyle. I ride it to work everyday, rain or shine, year-round. I realize that this is a little odd. I usually try to downplay this at the office; try to at least attempt to maintain some level of corporate respectability. It always comes out at some point though. The questions that follow are always some variation of; "Even in the rain? Don't you get wet?" (I live in Seattle). Often that's followed with a question/statement like "Isn't that dangerous? My cousin's best friend Lisa's brother is crippled for life after crashing his motorcycle". I'm never sure how to respond to these questions. What do they think? Yes I ride in the rain, yes I get wet, and yes it can be dangerous. That's the whole point.
You see I work in an office everyday and about the only danger I face is that someone will drop a fax machine on my foot or something like that. I like working in an office. I like my work. It's fun and I find it satisfying. I'm not really the type to run away and get myself lost in Mongolia or something like that. I like being responsible (Ugh - did I just say that?), but I also need some excitement in my life to get the adrenaline going. I just like my excitement in small doses. That's why I ride my bike everyday. You see, it is cold and wet and sometimes you have moments of terror, like when some knucklehead in a gigantic SUV swerves into your lane at 70 mph without any warning in the middle of a driving rainstorm at night. See, my heart started racing there just thinking about that. I like to fit my adventures around the rest of my life, not the other way around. That's why I'm not a professional adventurer. Sometimes I wish I was, but it's not really me. It took me a long time to realize that.
I know there are a lot of other people out there like me who have jobs, pay mortgages, are responsible. On weekends and vacations though, they disappear into the mountains or out to sea in a small boat or wherever they choose to find adventure. I know this, because I've met many of these people. I started this website to tell their stories. I love stories of regular people doing extraordinary things. The stories I post on this website inspire me to live my life at full throttle. I hope they do the same for you.
Oh yeah, I started this post stating that I would explain why I rode a BMW motorcycle every day. I explained why I ride even when it's miserable out. But why a BMW? Come on, look at that thing. It's beautiful! Life is too short to ride some crappy cheapo bike.
So what are you waiting for? Get out there and do something exciting! Then send me a story so I can post it here.