Are you afraid of riding a motorcycle?

Philippines
February 8, 2011 3:28am CST
I sure am. I get bicycle accidents, how much more a motorcycle. Do not get me wrong, I love motorcycles. They are so hot! I do not like driving one though; I just want to hop on the back and let someone else drive. It feels great because I could feel the wind. There is also excitement when the motorcycle goes really fast. Such a thrill! Anyway, I feel bad when I hear people getting motorcycle accidents. Two of my classmates in high school died because of it. People say that riding a motorcycle sets your life in 50-50 because driving one is dangerous no matter what angle you try to look at it. I can't argue with that. But I really love motorcycles. It's just scary, that's all. May not be worth it. However, I admire those folks who actually have the guts and talent in driving a motorcycle. Drivers have to be alert at all times and capable of driving a motorcycle. Otherwise... Good bye, life.
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@mermaidivy (15422)
• United States
8 Feb 11
I dont' think I will be dare to ride on a motor bike, it sounds too scary to me... It is okay to ride in a four wheel car but not a motor bike no matter driving fast or slow on the road.
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@jennyze (7052)
• Indonesia
8 Feb 11
In Indonesia, riding motorcycle is a common and efficient practice, especially when we experienced many traffic jams. Riding motorcycle let us navigate better and cost us cheaper gasoline. I ride motorcycle everyday, mostly the places I visited is not far and lot of traffic jams.
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• Philippines
8 Feb 11
I agree. It saves money because it costs cheaper since it consumes less gas compared to cars. Reduces traffic also. That is really cool of you to drive one. :)
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• United States
9 Feb 11
no way... im not afraid to to ride motorcycles cause my boyfriends before had them.. so i'd always get a ride from them.. but no.. there awesome.. not scary at all.. well except when you stop and think for a minute about the crashes that happen.. but i just let all the disappear from my mind.. cuz i was with my bby and it wasnt scary when i was with him =]
@jennyze (7052)
• Indonesia
9 Feb 11
@sweetcatastrophe Thank you, I have been riding motorbike for years. Yes, less gas and traffic definitely. Now where I live, seems like every family has more than two cars so I will keep my motorbike to get to my destinations in the island. Traffic is getting worse. @I0vxX Riding motorbike can be very dangerous. In fact, in Bali (where I live) the most accidents happened with motorbike: drunk and riding motorbike, speeding, zig-zagging, etc.
@maximax8 (27058)
8 Feb 11
My mom has a friend that had a grown up son and daughter. Her son was very keen on going out on his motorcycle. It was so awfully upsetting when her son was killed in a motorcycle accident. Traveling by motorcycle can be dangerous because of cars and other types of transport. In my learning to drive a car I learning how to watch out for motorcycles. They are know as venerable road users. When I was 19 years old I bought a moped and it was like a small less powerful motorcycle. I had to have a heavy and uncomfortable helmet. I didn't feel at all safe when I lorry came very close to me. I was put of riding it and then sold it to someone else. In my university years I went to live in the Netherlands for four months. I had a push bike whilst I was over there. Push bike cycling is very safe in the Netherlands on the many bike paths and car drivers are very aware of all the cyclists around and keeps them all safe. Although in my home country it is not quite as safe and there are hills to tire the cyclist out.
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4 Mar 11
What a loss. Everyday I ride my motorcycle to work because I save a lot compared to riding the public transport, but I always use a helmet.
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• Philippines
9 Feb 11
I drive my motorcycle for almost 4 years now and I can say that I really love it, Im planning to buy a more big one.... Riding a motor cycle is a piece of cake if you are well in riding a bicycle, balance is the key! The motorcycle can be considered the most vurnerable type of transportation used by many but why think of the negative side think of the benefit of having one. Motorcycle riders needs discipline in driving,1 check parts such as brakes and tires before riding, 2 wear safety gear, 3 obey traffic rules, 4 always give way to other vehicles and pedestrian, 5 never make a unclear overtake, 6 observe safety speed like 40-50, 7 trust and obey what your driver say.
@kingparker (9700)
• United States
9 Feb 11
I would agree with you on this subject. I can't drive motorcycle though, but I did try before, after a little half mile, I felt miserably and it was hurting my leg a bit. I got bruises all over, and I just scare to try again. I can do a little scooter, but my friends might laugh at me "sissy" though. Anyway, you have gone through training before you can ride on the road.
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• Philippines
8 Feb 11
I hate motorcycles, and I do hate it when I see people ride one, without being responsible enought to look at the oncoming traffic, or to check if there's a car beside them. They cut traffic like they own the ride, and what makes it more sad is that they often do it with children riding with them. Maybe it's true that it is such a thrill to ride one, but I just hope that they do realize what you said, that if they are not to alert, it's their own life, and the life of their passengers that they are risking.
@mythociate (11681)
• Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
8 Feb 11
Yes, especially with me---no real sense of balance and carrying about 190 pounds around!
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@Zer0Stats (1317)
• India
8 Feb 11
Well I've been driving my motorbike over a year now and I've never really had a fear about it,but we're all made differently.I myself couldn't imagine not riding.For me, while riding is fun,I don't ride for the thrill of it.I don't ride to get my rocks off.I don't think of riding as a sport,my bike is my preferred mode of transportation.Granted I do ride for fun,as in poker runs.But I don't ride like a moron,I'm a biker not a sport-enthusiast.
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@CONDLAUR (135)
• Romania
28 Mar 11
My first accident with a motorcycle was one the second lesson with the instructor. He told me to do the same as he does. Going with about 60km/h I saw a rock on the test grounds and I thought to myself that i could get drive over it. My mistake thinking thats the same as riding it over with a car. Not being very experienced I wobbled my motorcycle and fell on the right side. I held as tight as could to the motorcycle, the heat from the exhaust perforated my leather suit and till today I have a nice scar on my right ankle. Did not matter for me after a month I went to take the exam, I passed and now I ride, but every time when I get on the motorcycle I think off what is worse. The only hope is to make a prayer and think positive that nothing bad will happen.
@Kalyni2011 (3504)
• India
28 Mar 11
Well i have never driven motor cycle, even a scooty meant for ladies, but i am not afraid of riding , when we two, i mean my hubby and me only, want to go, say to the doctor or market, i always sit on the pillion seat behind, he drives, i am careful to keep foot on foot rest and hold the rear side protector to avoid fall thanks for this discussion welcome to mylot cheers, god bless kalyani
@bounce58 (17555)
• Canada
11 Feb 11
It is not so much as fear, but I never thought of riding, much less driving a motorcycle. Although it could be exhilarating to feel the wind in your skin while your riding fast, I think I could get that same feeling driving a car. And there are far more amenities in a car. I know that accidents may and can happen, but I just think that it much safer in a car.
@goldeneagle (6776)
• United States
10 Feb 11
I actually like to ride motorcycles, but I have not ridden one in many years. I have a bad knee, and it is hard for me to balance the motorcycle when stopped, so I do not ride them anymore. I wish I could afford to buy myself one of those motorcycles with three wheels on it so I wouldn't have to worry about balancing it when I had to stop. I would love to be able to ride, and this would also allow me to take my wife on a ride with me as well.
• United States
9 Feb 11
I'm quite afraid of riding a motorcycle! if you got hit by a car, you'll break like an egg! I always think of how badly it'll hurt to have your skin scraped off by the cement if you get thrown off your motorcycle. & you could wear a helmut & leather coat, but helmuts inhibit your ability to see behind you, which is sooo important while driving, especially a motorcycle, since not all drivers pay attention! =c
• Philippines
9 Feb 11
I feel uncomfortable whenever I ride motorcycles because I feel that it could easily outbalanced. In the Philippines, there are many accidents related to motorcycles. Many motorcyclists don't wear proper protective gears. Many drive their motorcycle too fast. This accidents add to my fear of riding motorcycles.
@lingli_78 (12860)
• Australia
9 Feb 11
i am a bit scared of riding motorcycles but i had done it with my ex in the past since it is his only mode of transportation... i think it really depends on who is driving the motorcycle and whether you can trust the person or not... if you can, then there is no reason why we have to be afraid of riding a motorcycle... as for driving one, i don't have the license and don't know how to do it... :-) take care and have a nice day...
@ybong007 (6660)
• Philippines
9 Feb 11
My mother hates motorcycles because of the dangers that come with it. Her reasoning is, if a car with four tires wont free you from accidents what more with motorcycles 2 tires? That's also the main reason why she didn't bought me a bicycle when I was a kid, and I only learn to ride the bike by borrowing from friends and she was freaked out when I went home one day with scrapes in my leg. I also learned how to ride a motorcycle from friends without her knowledge. Somehow her paranoia about motorcycles has rubbed into me since when I bought a motorcycle I only tried to ride it for a few times and more often i prefer that someone drives instead of me on the handle bars.
• United States
9 Feb 11
OMG, I have always been afraid of getting on a motorcycle and my brother-in-law who says he is a pro, convinced me about 4 years ago to do so. As soon as I jumped on the back he began to ride with me and half a block down the alley way he crashed right into a parked car. I am very small frame and weigh very little, so my body bounced right off and onto the road I went. I had major bruising and cuts, but thankfully no broken bones. It was my first and last time I will ever entrust anyone on a motorcycle let alone sit in one.
• Philippines
9 Feb 11
Driving a motorcycle was really fun but also really dangerous one. Even you are so very careful driving it, there are a lot of drivers out there, who don't care at all with their speed or driving drunk. Accident are everywhere, if you drive a motorcycle be cautious at all times. And nowadays, motorcycle are just like ants in driveway, they just turn as they like, driving like they own the road, they don't care that life is just once in our world, we cannot turn it back. But Honestly, I like driving motorcycle, even though I already experience motorcycle accident 3 times. the 1st is when i am a beginner, a month or two when i first learn to drive, 2nd is about less than 2 years, and the last one was January last year. To be honest, this 3 accident was not really my fault, I was the one they bump. But still, I may feel afraid riding it again for just a month or two, but after that. I still have the courage to drive a motorcycle.
@sid556 (31030)
• United States
9 Feb 11
Hi Sweet, I dated a biker and one of my closest friends is a biker. I agree it's dangerous but so, so fun! I have never driven a bike but love riding on the back of one. I agree there is risk involved but there is in anything you do. It's pretty much the same with driving a car, flying a plane or walking down the street. You have to pay attention and be aware of your surroundings or else.
@doggydimon (1380)
• Philippines
8 Feb 11
I tried it a few times when I was traveling around the Philippines. So far, I haven't met any accident. I love riding on a motorcycle because you can see all the view. But I had this experience riding a motorcycle for an hour and most of it you will pass through rough road. The ride was exciting but when you get off, I can't feel my legs. hahaha... Sometimes in the morning, I would take a motorcycle to office because of the traffic.