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10 Reasons to Ride Alone

As soon as you own your dream motorcycle, you’ll most likely want to bring it on trips. Beginners usually want to go with more experienced riders to help them get insights and street-smart tips on how to navigate certain types of terrain, get to certain types of places, and even just improve the way they handle their motorcycles while on a trip. However, once the beginner phase passes, there might be a time when you feel you’ll want an entirely different experience. This is where riding alone using different motorcycles in the Philippines enters the picture. Read on to learn more about some of the benefits solo trips can bring you in the long run.

You’ll enjoy more time for meditation, peace, and quiet.

It’s not every day that you’ll get the chance to have a few hours to yourself and no one else alone. Before you set off for your solo flight, er, ride, you may consider making even just a rough itinerary of what you want to do and what you want to accomplish during the day. If you’re not a fan of too many activities within a solo ride, consider just listing about two or three items–with one or two of these acting as backups in case your primary plan for the trip doesn’t work.

For example, if you’re looking to see the sunrise but weren’t able to wake up on time to prepare, you may consider seeing the sunset instead. You may even visit a secluded resto on the way to the spot where you intend to see the view. Now, those are already three plans rolled into one simple solo trip–no sweat.

Now, while you’re into your target quiet activities, you can just take in all the things that transpired at that moment and even a few days or weeks leading to that solo trip. You may just bask in the silence as a form of meditation or reflect on your plans moving forward.

You can go wherever you want to.

No one can dictate which direction you need to go and which destination is the best for the group. Riding alone can also allow you to see other places your go-to group doesn’t want to visit for some reason.

You can do more of what you actually want.

Does your buddy think it’s weird to have a stopover just for a quick dessert or two? Or do you want that simple but epic mini-photoshoot, but your friends think you’re going overboard with the planning and the effort that will go into all of this? If this is the case, going for a solo ride is the key. With this in mind, you don’t have to worry about all the kontrabidas that will say everything to keep you from doing what you’ve wanted all along.

You can get closer to yourself.

They say that each person has different sides: the one you’re willing to show other people, the one you only show when you’re with people closest to you, and that one side you’ll only get to know when you’re alone. While it’s common for you to show the first two sides of yourself, not everyone can have the chance or the luxury to get to know themselves. In this regard, riding alone can do wonders for you.

Apart from this, you can have the chance to introspect even more. You can freely explore what it is about riding a motorcycle that you feel so strongly about, what types of people you prefer, and all the other things that you wouldn’t dare ask yourself if other people were around.

You get the chance to make new friends.

While it’s good to have a core group, it can also be nice to get to know another circle of friends. This is especially great if you want to expand your network for whatever reason, whether you’re looking for business partners, a romantic half, or simply another set of faces you can interact with for the next couple of months, at least.

You’re free from the dreaded peer pressure.

Needless to say, you don’t have to worry about what other people have to say. You can make the shots where and when to go. In getting rid of the pressure from your riding companions, you can slowly but surely develop your self-confidence. This can then translate to other aspects of your life that require critical decision-making as part of the process.

You can boost your independence.

If you’re a person who is usually dependent on other people for most of their riding-related needs (and even those beyond that), consider riding alone as a good exercise to improve the way you rely on yourself. The first few attempts will surely be a bit unstable and uncertain, but you’ll eventually get the hang of it as time passes.

You can enhance your observation skills.

Many introverts are experts at this already, but even an expert will need some refreshers from time to time. As motorcycle trips are usually fast-paced, you can benefit from this in the sense that you do not have to be forced to interact with anyone. All you have to do is to see things from a comfortable distance.

You can face your own demons.

It can be easy to drown out all the problems and pressing concerns if you’re constantly surrounded by a lot of people. In the same light, it can be a breeze to ignore all the plans you keep putting off if there’s always “something urgent” that you need to get back to, or else someone else will get disappointed if you don’t. If these two scenarios seem familiar, it’s because they’re more common than you think. Going on a solo motorcycle ride can help you gain some degree of clarity on what you really want in life and where your priorities actually lie in relation to the people you care about the most.

You don’t have to put up with things that may compromise your safety.

In a large group of motorcycle riders who often go on long trips, there’s usually that happy-go-lucky daredevil who wants to try something interesting that they found online. While they’re usually fun to be with most of the time, you may find yourself doubting if they’re really helpful during the entire trip. If you don’t want to deal with the kind of problems that they potentially bring, consider riding alone from time to time. This is especially helpful if you just want to take the stress off your system and unwind by going to random places you’ve never been with your motorcycle yet. You can enjoy the experience even more because you don’t have to worry about picking a fight with a stranger because of the happy-go-lucky person’s dangerous “challenges.”

These are just 10 of the most common benefits you may enjoy if you opt to ride alone. Of course, you don’t have to do this all the time–just those instances when you want to do something different for yourself and just enjoy and take in the moment. While other people may judge you for this, just remember that as long as there’s nothing illegal going on and you’re not hurting or taking advantage of other people, you’re good to go. They can take their negative energy somewhere else.

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