how I become a rider… Part 1 – Reasons

cg125“become” is not a mistake of a Polish guy writing in English 😉 I said I become not became as I do not feel that the process is complete. There is always something new to learn. There is so much to motorcycling… so many things I have not tried, so many things I can improve and so many things to improve 🙂 It is actually exciting ;)…

But what I want to write about is how I got to the point I’m in… to this point at the never ending journey…

It all started when I moved to London…

I quickly noticed that a car is not a great way to travel around the city… for one it is very expensive… insurance (it is much higher then elsewhere), MOT, fuel, congestion charges, parking fees… it all adds up… Then there is trouble with parking spaces and crazy traffic…  Until I commuted outside of London it still made sense to keep the car… but then I started working within the limits of the M25 (London Orbital Motorway) and the car was used only for weekend shopping… Not only that is not economical… it is also not very ecological. I have decided to sell the car and start shopping in nearby shops. I quickly started to like walking to the shops as it proved quicker then driving to big shopping centers. It was also more relaxing (no damn traffic) and healthier too (fresh air + walking is much better for you then sitting in a car).

The only problem was commuting using the public transport…

I literally HATE the tube. I like that it is fast and I understand it is very efficient… but I just cannot stand it in rush hour when it is absolutely packed with people… so many people… all grumpy… all in a rush… all pushing in… Eventually when I could make it into one of the cars I was squeezed, hot and usually my head was at a weird angle (there is no headroom away from the center of the train). On top of that it smells… it smells like warm pee… SO… I needed an alternative

Here comes the bike 😉

It was almost immediately after selling a car when I got my first bike.  I had no idea if I will like it. I had no idea if I will stick to it. But I was determined to try… (Part 2 will follow shortly)