If you’re one of the thousands of Boomer bikers in this country, you likely fall into the sub-category of Boomers called the Maximers. Those are the Boomers who are so committed to getting the most out of life, they have no problems taking risks.
When you’re on a motorcycle, you almost become one with the bike. The thrill of the ride takes complete control. You see the world through different lenses than you do when riding inside a climate-controlled car – called a “cage” by seasoned bikers. It’s an experience of freedom. There’s nothing between you and nature – you feel the wind in your face (even with a helmet on), the sun on your back and the power beneath that you’re harnessing.
Not all Baby Boomers are bikers. But approximately 25-30 percent of bikers are Boomers or older. Many are just starting – now that they’re retired and have more time and money. And many started riding in their youth and never quit or are now returning to their passion. Yes, most bikers are extremely passionate about their ride! And once you start, riding becomes an important part of your lifestyle. It fits who you are.
Most Boomer bikers say that being on a bike is when they feel the best, the youngest and the most alive. But there are a lot of other reasons Baby Boomers choose to ride motorcycles or even the three-wheelers that are becoming really popular with older riders.
Boomer bikers, listen up. Of course, we don’t like the idea that we’re aging. We’re doing everything we can to hold on to our youth and taking risks is part of that.
But statistics don’t lie. Although most of the motorcycle accidents involving fatalities and injuries occur in the younger group of bikers, Boomer bikers suffer more serious injuries when we’re involved in accidents. And that’s despite the fact that we’re more careful and less reckless.
Our balance may not be quite as good as it once was. Our joints and bones may not be quite as strong as they once were. Our eyes and hearing may be diminishing a little. We just have to face that we’re a bit more fragile these days.
That’s not a reason to quit riding. We know better than that. But we could compensate for the hard truth of our vulnerabilities.