Do you remember the first day after you passed your driving test? That feeling of freedom. It was as if you suddenly were handed the key to anywhere on earth. All you needed was to get behind the wheel and go.
Before driving became a part of your normal routine, A to B, via C, before picking up the kids at D then heading back to A, it was a live affair. Passionate and exciting with new adventure around every corner. Your car was a tool you used for so many symbolic journeys in your life. Sadly, you became and adult and that all changed.
Today? You’re glad to see the back of it most of the time and the only thing it symbolises is the misery of long traffic queues and the dreary morning dash to long and rather unnecessary meetings. It’s sad.
You could try and make peace with your motorcar, pack the kids up, stick the dog in the boot and head out on the road trip of a lifetime. Although too quickly you realise that means arguing kids, a sick pooch and falling out with your partner over which directions to follow. It’s hardly living free is it?
Of course you could take away the ability to share your love affair with the open road. You could bite the bullet, get your driving licence and buy a motorbike. Something big a comfy, like a Harley Davidson or a Chopper. Something that definitely cannot have a sidecar attached to it. Something that is just you, 1000cc of raw power and the open road ahead. It’ll be just like old times!!
Ok it’s not completely simple. First you need to make sure you’ve got all the bikers’ basics from the right hat, gloves, leathers and boots all the way to various panniers and locks. You’ll probably need a good weekend to get to grips with all of that.
Next, you need to make sure you have the right licence and if not, you’ll have to sit your test. It a good idea to get some training anyway and whilst we are on the subject, don’t head out and buy this 1000cc dream we are selling you. Get a bike under the 500cc bracket and learn how to deal with this new way of travelling on the road. Before you jump on a machine with more power than your car. But far less safety features.
Running a bike is a lot cheaper than running a car and the engines are a little easier to get your head around. But keep your eye out for a local specialist to help you when things don’t seem as they should.
You’re friends are going to think you are having some kind of Midlife crisis, but that’s ok. Forget them and concentrate on making a plan for the ultimate, one man (or woman) road trip. Just remember, there is another seat on board, so make the most of it for lots of bonding with your partner, kids and friends.