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1. We have a greater sense of adventure.
You know the old adage about enjoying long walks on the beach? We like long rides to the beach, mountains, canyons, desert... there will always be something to enjoy about almost any travel locale. Give us a good road and a nice destination, and we're set. Forget expensive plane tickets, hotels and five star restaurants... we're just as happy eating at a good diner after a full day of riding.
2. We're not terrified of the world around us.
Motorcyclists are constantly reminded of our mortality -- "my parent/sibling/friends/friend's friend died riding a motorcycle" or "those things are dangerous you know." Yeah, we know. We also know you can die walking down the street, getting on an airplane, or from some random disease or virus. This takes us back to #1 -- we want to have a good time and try new things.
3. We're good at budgeting.
Sure, we all have different ways of doing so... but we all know how to budget. That fancy bike upgrade might be $400, but we'll give up buying new clothes and going out to dinner for a few weeks in order to afford it. We'll understand when you don't want to go out and blow $100 at a Michelin-Star-having-restaurant, and we'll be stoked when you'd rather BBQ some grub and get down on an oil change in the garage instead.
4. We enjoy the little things.
The sun setting behind snowy mountain tops, little tornado of dust on the distant horizon, a low bank of fog creeping across a field -- these are all moments that capture our hearts. The transition from a snow damaged asphalt road to fresh new pavement brings us great happiness. Forget constant complaints -- we know how to look on the bright side of life.
5. We're dedicated.
For most, riding a motorcycle isn't just a way to get to work, it's a way of life. One that just gets better the more time you put into it and generally isn't easy. It's not something that can just be given up at the drop of the hat, and that kind of determination translates well into other areas of life. When the going gets tough, motorcyclists get going. We're always willing to help out other motorcyclists, and generally have an elevated sense of the world around us. What the hell does that even mean, you ask? It means we look out for and help each other. Don't mess with the motofam.
6. We're observant.
Our lives depend on looking all around us and seeing what we look at -- so you're going to be safer around us too. If we ever chauffeur you around in a car, you can rest assured we DO see that jerk trying to merge over into us. We'll always remember to look both ways, do our pre-flight safety checks, and we'll always remember that random item that needs to be picked up on the way home (we might take the long way though).
7. We're adaptable.
Something came up? No big deal. Have to cancel plans? That's cool, we'll go have a date with our first love -- our motorbike. When you're familiar with being on the road you develop an ability to go with the flow. Flat tires and dead batteries happen, so we know all about set backs and making things work.
8. We're not the clingy type.
Text messages every couple hours? Probably not -- we're too busy riding and then working so we can pay for our next service/road trip/bike upgrade. Being a motorcyclist gives you a certain level of independence which allows you to have your own lives within a relationship.
9. We give better massages.
For the most part, a motorcyclist's hands are not going to be overly dainty, soft, and weak. Between long trips grippin' the bars and wrenching, they'll have a good strong paws which means better, longer back rubs. Furthermore, after hours on the road, we'll know just where that knot is in your shoulder. You're welcome.
10. Our romantic gestures kick ass.
Going with some stereotypical examples here (fair warning). Yeah, a girl baking you cookies is freaking awesome. But her showing up on her motorbike with those in her backpack is that much better. And sure, a guy showing up with roses is adorable. But a guy knocking on your front door in his helmet with a rose that he carried in his teeth for miles to your front door is even cuter. Point, set, match.
Have another reason you should (or shouldn't) date a motorcyclist? Leave it in the comments below!
Photos courtesy of The Moto Lady.