In one of my favorite lines from the movie The Big Chill, Jeff Goldblum’s character uttered what summed up something I’ve always suspected about myself – and all other humans:
Michael: I don’t know anyone who could get through the day without two or three juicy rationalizations. They’re more important than sex.
Sam: Ah, come on. Nothing’s more important than sex.
Michael: Oh yeah? Ever gone a week without a rationalization?
We use rationalizations to tell ourselves what we want to hear. In other words, we lie to ourselves – often knowingly. Riding motorcycles is a visceral undertaking, an activity that frequently defies logic. Why would we want to ride around exposed to the elements and hazards when we could comfortably recline in a climate-controlled cocoon with surround sound and a holder for a hot cup of coffee? Simple, because motorcycling has grabbed on to something deep inside us and won’t let go. Now, explain what it is in 50 words or less.
Consequently, when we get the itch to ride, nothing is going to thwart or even delay us. We’ll come up with all kinds of cockamamy reasons to ride or keep on riding. Come on, fess up. You know you’re guilty of this. The great thing about hanging out with riders is that we get to tell each other our stories of amazing adventures we had on bikes. Often, these adventures were preceded by a rationalization.
What follows is a list of the Top 10 Lies Motorcyclists Tell Themselves. Don’t hesitate to include yours in the comments section.