An Open Letter to Everyone Who Finds Out I Ride a Motorcycle

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Ural M-63 with sidecar

HFL — June 6, 2012

Let me you right there, mmmm-kay? I can by that little intake of what’s coming next. you in advance, but I already know motorcycles are “dangerous.” After twenty years of riding on the I am aware; telling me now will not be a

It is not an insight into my lifestyle has remained hidden from me this, the moment of epiphany you shine the light of outsider on my foolhardy choices. This is an letter to everyone who finds out I a motorcycle.

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are ways I can minimize the risk — by defensively, riding sober, my own and my machine’s capabilities, etc. — but I know there are some that are simply beyond my But you know what? There a of risks that are within my

We’ve become so pathologically that for most people it is to assume any additional risk no how much joy you might get back in

You want to know what’s dangerous? Not taking any risks. out with like-minded middle-of-the-roaders. the same brain-ossifying stuff media factories every Jogging.

Putting helmets, devices, and auto-deploy epi-pens on kids every time leave the house. Passivity. Not attention to where your or your life, or you country is

If you don’t get that, that’s OK. I’m not to convert anybody, but here are a few to save us both a little

You don’t need to tell me the story about your buddy who wiped out his chopper drag racing at some rally. That just me wish I were talking to uncle’s buddy instead of He sounds pretty cool.

Do not — do NOT — me about the time you almost Creatured a biker because you see him” or he “came out of nowhere.” I never known a bike to out of nowhere, but I have seen of cars pull a Crazy and turn into a lane by a biker or make an impromptu left turn in front of an me. If you’re expecting me to share outrage at the temerity of bikers to be in the you want, you’re more than a goldfish with a

I can’t make you see bikes. I make you hang up your They won’t let me mount a machine gun to my bike.

So really, not much I can do to change the outcome of anecdote, so save it for your who also have stick-figure and giant softball stickers the name “Tailyr” or “Flynn” or on their rear windows.

I do a helmet, as a matter of fact, with other protective But, the fact that you hope” I wear a helmet is so it makes me want to ride a completely … doing in your front yard Beastie Boys lyrics at Trust me, you do not want that.

My buttocks are extremely pale and especially in the moonlight.

Please, do not about bikes parking in car spaces. Where are we supposed to If they let us park up on the curb in Europe, we would totally do and precious few parking lots motorcycle parking areas.

cops already have a for bikes, so parking anywhere but in a spot is asking to be impounded.

Ural M-63 with sidecar

I know, some bikes very loud exhaust. it’s obnoxious, but at least you they were there, you? They say loud save lives.

I don’t if that’s true, because hasn’t been a serious study of motorcycle safety 1981, the poetically named Report. And yes, I know, at one you probably saw some kid riding his sport bike at 100mph a wheelie down the freeway. a squid, and he’ll either up or just take care of Some bikers do crazy

Anti-social things. Unsanctioned I don’t represent him and he doesn’t me — that’s the great part of a biker.

 I could be a Lowbrow or Antoine Predock or Lyle or just whatever I want to be.

If really so all-fire concerned my safety, don’t preach at me. do me this one favor:  pay when you’re driving. your greasy fingers off touch-screen, put down your use your turn signals and lay off the before you get on the road with me.

You take care of your and I’ll take care of

But hang-gliding, man, that is

Carter Edman is an architect, and rider in Cleveland, Ohio. He “Motorcycles and American Culture” and courses at Case Western University.

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