Why ride, because NOBODY ever expected me to.
I work in an office. I've always had an office/desk job. I have to wear the right clothes, have the right hair, etc. When my husband got a motorcycle a couple years ago I was prefectly content to be a passanger, and for the reasons I stated above people would say "YOU like to ride"? At first it was humorous but then it got old. So to take it a step further, for those who continued to be surprised that I liked to ride, and for a disccusion between my husband and myself about safety, I decided to learn to ride my own motorcycle. It took me a while to get up my nerve but I finally took the course in August 2011. It was blast! My fears were pretty much exhausted when I understood the "friction zone" and made that bike go. I didn't tell my sisters or my family, just a few close friends, who no longer say "I can't believe you ride your own motorcycle!"
So I guess you can say that I did it for several reasons, safety, self expression, proving people wrong, but the funny part is sometimes I can't believe I actually did it. I have absolutley no regrets but it was so out of my safety zone, that I surprised myself that I did as well as I did in the class.
Now, I get on my bike, and if I kill it so what. I start it right back up and go. I am out there on two wheels and I love every minute of it.
My husband is proud of me too and loves to have someone to ride with, and that makes me happy too.