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To those who love motorcycles deeply, there is usually one aspect of the machine that broadcasts its allure in advance of all others... For me, it is their sound that makes the heart race.

Making Your Heart Race

What is it about motorcycles that gets your motor running? The look, the sound, the feeling? Which of your senses get best stimulated by these machines?

To those who love motorcycles deeply, there is usually one aspect of the machine that broadcasts its allure in advance of all others… For me, it is their sound that makes the heart race.
– Melissa Holbrook Pierson

For me, the feeling of a motorcycle’s vibration as the sun shines on my skin and the breeze is all around me as I ride down a country road at 70 MPH…

No, that’s not what does it for me.

It’s the feeling that comes after. It’s the feeling that comes after. When I survey myself and survey my surroundings. It’s that moment when I realize that so long as that engine stays running, so long as my feet stay off the ground, I haven’t a concern in the world.

That’s around the time when I realize there’s a huge smile on my face and I have no idea when it got there or how long it’s been there. And I don’t care to question it, and it doesn’t go away. I’m just moving forward, through the wind, under the sun, over the motor, smiling.

To those who love motorcycles deeply, there is usually one aspect of the machine that broadcasts its allure in advance of all others... For me, it is their sound that makes the heart race.

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5 comments

  1. The sound of a motorcycle may make Melissa’s “heart race”……..but it makes my “blood boil” when I can hear a Harley with straight-through exhausts gunning his engine through the gears from a mile away.

    I think of all the “citizens” he’s pissing off between me and him and wonder, “Wow…..how many enemies of motorcycling did this one idiot just create simply by unnecessarily screaming through his gearbox with wide open, unmuffled pipes”.

    Thanks, buddy. You just put another nail in the eventual “legislated coffin” for bikes and bikers! Give yer head a shake! Get a brain……get a muffler. “Loud pipes risk rights!”

    • In an era of air conditioned, audio equipped automobiles driven by drivers texting ,or on a cell phone, loud pipes are often the only way a motorcycles presence will be known to the automobile drivers.If the noise bothers you in your neighborhood, consider a ‘Seniors Only” mobile home community , their mode of transport is an electric golf cart,plus you may fit in there, at least better than you do on this site. I hear there’s nice senior community’s in Florida too, a place in the sun with other like minded folks in your demographic,good luck

    • Speaking as a rider of some 35 years experience, a DVSA Grade A Driving Instructor, A RoSPA Advanced Driver and the owner of a Harley with Screamin Eagle exhausts, I have to agree 100% with Mark Ropel’s comment! Michael, why are you even looking at this site when you obviously are one of those who would love to see motorcycling thoroughly “sanitised”?! Tell you what makes my heart race- absolutely everything that you hate about biking! Enjoy your mobility scooter!

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  3. RT @YouMotorcycle: There’s something about motorcycles, but there’s nothing quite like them. https://t.co/HCUbov20hi https://t.co/mlKyS5Bd1D

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