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Riding a Motorcycle Solo

Cruising down a country lane solo on a motorcycle is one of the most adrenaline-charged experiences ever. If you’ve ever had the opportunity to do it, you’ll know what I mean.

Once a week a quick burn, feel of freedom, and powerful engine touches one’s emotions, as the throttle is flicked back and the bike bursts into life. We work during the week and carry out our routine tasks, so if the weather is ideal then why not? Yes, there is an element of danger, but providing care is taken there is every chance the ride will be fulfilling and safe.

Once mastered then riding solo is just as much fun as riding in a group tour or rally. I can attest to it, as the adrenalin-pump is still there. It’s wonderful to be alone for a short journey whether going to a specific destination, or short outing wherever it takes you. Even for an hour or two, it kills mundane activities. In my experience, a ride puts things into perspective!

One thing I suggest when riding solo is stick to roads known in a city like São Paulo or Rio de Janeiro. Keep your distance from vehicles to avoid accidents, and pay attention, not only to traffic and where you are going, but to suspicious looking people. We’ve seen or heard one too many stories about violent events occurring whereby assailants pounce on riders at traffic lights, or on side roads when they come to a halt, and steal the motorcycle.

Personally, I prefer to go for a ride early in the morning when most people are still asleep or pondering around their home, as it means less traffic, and consequently the ride is more enjoyable.

Have a great day!

Prof. Carl Boniface

Vocabulary builder:

Throttle (n) = accelerator, gas pedal, regulator, control

Flicked back (phrasal verb) = to move or propel with a light quick movement. flicked her hair back over her shoulder.

Fulfilling (adj) = satisfying, rewarding, pleasing, gratifying, enjoyable

Mundane (adj) = ordinary, dull, routine, everyday, commonplace, boring

Pondering (adj) = thoughtful, meditative, thinking, musing, considering

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