I decided to start this thread after a post by Bravus bought a flood of memories and nostalgia to mind. With my beloved lifestyle/hobby/sport under threat from safetycrats, Today Tonight watchers and Herald Scum readers. I thought it was time to try and put into words (no matter how stilted) just what this wondrous lifestyle of ours means and what it has done for me. Over the years motorcycling has done and meant many things to me, it has saved my life, saved my sanity, got me laid (of course) allowed me to experience the world from an angle few other people have and has helped me find love (thanks netrider) To me motorcycling is about about choice to be more specific the freedom of choice. We choose what gear to wear or not as the case may be, we choose our bike type and style, we choose our tyre and fuel type, hell we even choose whether or not to obey the ludicrous traffic laws in this fine state of ours. Motorcycling is about freedom that feeling first thing in the morning when you swing your leg over the beast thumb the starter and feel the life flow through what was only moments before a chunk of metal, plastics and rubber. Even when commuting to work the sheer joy of snicking her into first and feeling that first pull on the bars as you get underway. The giggle like a loon feeling of a perfect corner, perfect lean, perfect entry and perfect exit, makes you feel as though you and the bike are one organism whose sole reason for existence is to ride forever. Despite all these wonderful things about riding I feel my rage grow everyday as hear yet more uninformed crap from the gutter press and outright lies from those in power about how evil and dangerous motorcycling is, how we need further regulation for our own good, how we; despite being adults should not be allowed to use these two wheeled death machines for anything but to commute to and from our places of work at speeds to be determined by the lowest common denominator of beige cardigan wearing Prius drivers. Nearly everyday we read more negative press and hear more made up figures and it makes me furious yet I feel impotent, as I am not eloquent enough to help with letters to the editor and not educated enough to be of any use in advocacy, but I can and will continue to educate people on a one to one basis as I find them, not to look out for bikes, but to look out for the rights and freedoms of the individual for as surely as our freedoms are eroded so will Joe Prius drivers be eventually as well. Wow this was supposed to be a positive post but I guess I got a bit carried away. TL;DR: Bikes are awesome, the pressure on our lifestyle is not about motorcycles but about control.