|The kids are alright.|
A lot — in fact, most — of my connection to the wider motorcycling world comes via the interwebs. And I’ve talked before about the fact there are a number of revolving themes within the internet side of that community: helmets, and filtering, and holding a vociferous opinion on Harley-Davidson, and so on and so on.
|Young man, you will throw your back out doing that.|
Additionally, young riders, if they are anything at all like I was as a young driver, are highly unlikely to improve the overall reputation of motorcyclists. Perhaps we might like for the people around us to think that the person beneath the helmet is young and hip, but we almost certainly want the irrational rage and discrimination that young people often find themselves being the recipients of.
Or, maybe we do. Maybe that is all young people need bring to the table: attitude and enthusiasm. Spirit.
Ever been to a classic car show? Row after row after row of the finest versions of the fastest cars in history… all lovingly buffed and polished by torpid, pot-bellied old dudes who will never, ever, push said cars to their abilities. Those guys are the antithesis of why the cars were made in the first place. They are the motoring version of smooth jazz. I sometimes see the same thing in motorcycling and it makes me feel sad.
So maybe we do need young people. Not for the sake of motorcycling, but for motorcyclists. What do you think?