Sometimes I really feel if this question is significant at all. Why would a person ride bike? Bikes are like an extension to ones’ self, they have always been a part of existence. That fierceness, confidence, sense of freedom a bike ride gives can be given by no other passion.
Now that I have exposed my mind to this question, let us try an generalise reasons for this madness and derive few conclusions that would give reasons for non-bikers to get inspired.
Few reasons why people ride bikes are –
- Overall feeling of joy
Don’t know if you are aware of this scientific reason – every twist of the wrist releases adrenaline which, in turn, releases endorphins. These ‘feel good’ hormones improve our mood, increase pleasure and minimize pain. So, endorphins give us that joyous feeling but, after a ride, there’s also that sense of relief, like a weight has been lifted hence leading to an overall feeling of joy.
- Improvement of Cognitive Function
A scientific study, conducted by Ryuta Kawashima, who partnered with Yamaha Japan and Tohoku University, found that riding a motorcycle improves your cognitive function, by as much as 50%. This is down to the fact that riding a motorcycle requires a high level of alertness and rapid problem-solving. According to Kawashima, “the driver’s brain gets activated by riding motorbikes.” And yes! this gives you another scientific reason to go on a long bike ride.
- Strengthens core and neck
Have you ever noticed the difference before and after you started wearing a helmet? Let me inform you that wearing a helmet for a few hours a day would strengthen your neck regardless, throw windblast into the equation and you’ve got a real neck workout. Riding a motorcycle requires lots of muscles to work together but your core ties everything together. Every manoeuvre you make on a motorcycle involves the use of your core, especially low-speed manoeuvres. The movements are low-impact and relatively low intensity so it’s something you may not notice but, if you’ve been riding for a while, your core will be stronger.
- You need no more exercise
While riding a motorcycle without realising you get used to grip your thighs and knees. These movements strengthen your thighs and in turn, strengthen your knees. The muscles in the thighs are used to keep the patella and other bones in the knee in place. Since the movements are low-impact, people who suffer knee or thigh pains describe riding a motorcycle as a kind of physical therapy.
- Burn Some Calories
Even passengers on sport bikes can burn up to 50 calories per hour.
Health is one scientific advantage one gains out of this passions, but to the core we riders board on that machine because we know it not only gives you that speed, but also the power to control your damn self. The steeps, the lows, the cuts, the speed, the wind and everything that one would want to break free. We ride for the freedom end of it all!