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Tuesday, 10 April 2018 14:53

The changing world of motorcycling and our Rider/Reader Surveys Featured

Riders Survey generic Today we are launching three surveys.

One for the European Rider, one for the American Rider and one for the Canadian Rider.

Our goal is to find out about you, as a rider and as a traveller and what news and information is important to you.

We want to know about vacations & the kinds of attractions that interest you and a whole host of things as we get geared up for a major shift in our company.  We are growing our network of people who contribute to the information we offer and we want to make sure that we are growing in a direction that appeals to you the motorcyclist.

The world of motorcycling is changing right along with the rest of the world.

We baby boomers, born between 1946 and 1964 (I was born in 1960), are, sad to say, a dying breed.

Our ideas of tradition, like how you get your road handle, mean nothing to the younger rider.

They simply think our traditions are outdated and as irrelevant as our beloved GeezerGlides.

They laugh at the stories but you can see in their eyes they think you are crazy.

Were we any different when we were their age? Yeah - NO.

All though it was a lifetime ago, I remember thinking my parents and their peers were idiots who were ruining the world.  I was young and I knew it all and was going to change the world for the better. And then reality hit me and as I started maturing I realized that I could only do or change so much, that I could only influence so much.

I am sure that if someone in their 20's today, stumbles across this blog post 20 years in the future they will read it and sigh and realize that the more things change, the more they stay the same.

Here are a few traditions from my parents and grand parents eras that we no longer adhere to:

  • Plastic seat covers on the good furniture - we never implemented that tradition in my house.
  • Eating fish on Fridays, after Fukashima, I don't eat as much fish as I used to unless it's farm fish. And even then I am iffy on it so, the tradition fell to the wayside.
  • Passing beers between racing cars with kids in the back seat, that's a tradition we modified and then finally let go. We ditched the kids in the back seat because we didn't have kids as early as they did and as the roadways got busier and drinking and driving laws got tougher, we weren't as inclined to drink and drive much less speed while doing so.  The invention of the Motorola radio also slowed those traditions down.

With the changing of traditions and attitudes spurred on by youth, social media and technology we are seeing huge shifts in what riders want by way of riding experiences and the kind of riding they want to do. 

The world is open to our youth in ways it was never open to us. 

When I was 18 and 20, heck even 30 a lot of the distances that we could afford to ride were determined by what was in our pocket for money. It's really no different today, but what is different is that a lot of these young people have massive debt from higher education institutes and a lot aren't finding jobs that allow them to move out on their own.  That has slowed their entry into motorcycling, or has restricted them to smaller bikes due to financial constraints.

As a company, we want to find that balance and find a way to provide a broader range of information that appeals to the younger and older reader alike. We want to ensure that we are uncovering the kinds of experiences that you want to partake in and that you are finding the service and support you need when travelling.

It is our hope that you will take our survey.  It shouldn't take you much longer than 5 minutes and if you decide to leave us your email, your name will go into a draw for coupon from Choice Hotels for 10,000 reward Points. That should get you a hotel stay anywhere in the world that Choice is.  -Belt Drive Betty, Editor & Rider

Last modified on Sunday, 19 August 2018 18:50

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