by JohnNicholas on 07/13/2010
…..do or do not,
……there is no try.”
Yoda – The Empire Strikes Back
Why are we all so passionate about motocross? What is it about motorcycles and racing that gets us all revved up?
It’s fun! It touches a part of our soul. Once you are exposed to it, motocross will be a part of your life forever.
How did it start for you?
My introduction to motocross, resulted in a life long passion for motorcycles and racing that has spanned many years and brought me many life-long friends.
While there are memories that fade, others have been repeated so often that your friends are sick of hearing them. What remains is the passion, fun and excitement that constitute this sport called motocross.
Most of us began our indoctrination into motocross with our very first bike. Everyone remembers that very first motorcycle. Mine was a Yamaha 90cc two-stroke twin street bike that cost me the princely sum of $75. which was found in the corner of a nearby warehouse. With that machine I learned how to ride and work on bikes.
That first machine was a taste of freedom and excitement. Everything in the world was right when I rode that bike.
Motocross racing and motorcycles are fun! Isn’t that the main reason we get excited when we get to ride, race or spectate? That X factor. That smile you can’t wipe off your face.
Is it just me or does everyone feel this way about motorcycles and racing?
BEWARE OF THE DARK SIDE
Yet the strange part is there seems to be some folks that don’t seem to feel the same way.
It’s difficult to understand when people are upset or angry about our great sport. For some reason they seem to look for the bad or negative in every area. The subject many who visit this site are interested in, is the 2 stroke vs. 4 stroke question.
As I’ve said many times, both types of motorcycles can be a blast to ride and race. By all means buy the one that makes you happiest. Then enjoy and savor every moment. As they say, different strokes for different folks.
So why is it when a positive article or news is published about two-strokes, unhappy, hateful people show up to criticize it? If they’re so happy with their life and bikes, what’s the reason for the constant barrage of negativity, name-calling and put-downs?
Honestly, if these folks said nothing, the article or story they are complaining about would quietly slide into obscurity. What’s the big deal?
Could it be that it strikes a nerve? Maybe about something they may deep down feel is wrong? We’ll certainly never know the answer to that, so we speculate.
It’s easier to tear down someone or something. Possibly these folks get some strange type of pleasure from it. Or they feel better about themselves because they put someone else down. It doesn’t require much brain power to find fault with everything around you.
“I don’t believe it..” Luke
“That is why you fail” Yoda
MAY THE FORCE BE WITH YOU
Personally, I enjoy having fun and looking at the positive side of life. If I’m unhappy with something, I’ll either attempt to make changes or make a positive suggestion. Of course there are some things you can change and others you can’t, but complaining, bitching and whining does little or nothing for anyone.
How can we ensure that we always have fun? Well you could ignore the folks saying nasty negative stuff. In fact that would be a fabulous start. Certainly by giving them any feedback when they write or say something outrageous, just encourages them to do more. So what do you think is the best way to handle people like this?
A much more satisfying question is to ask is, what makes motocross fun for you?
Here are a few of my ideas/suggestions. Please add yours below.
It’s a blast to make motocross bike sounds! What better way to express something cool that happened when you were riding, then to make motorcycle sounds? Whenever I tell a bench racing story there is that familiar braaap, waaaaap or wahhh – wahhh – wahhhh to pepper the telling of the battles or excursions. It’s so much fun! It adds to the story and makes people smile or laugh.
Another fun thing I do is watch Pro racers very closely. How do they approach or tackle different obstacles. My personal favorite is turns. It really highlights a racers true abilities, fitness and throttle control. Nice stuff.
On top of the list is the ultimate, going riding with a bunch of buddies on your favorite dirt bike. Life just doesn’t get better than that.
So go out and ride whatever bike makes you happy.
Oh yeah…… don’t forget to smile!