Exploring the Unknown

Exploring the Unknown

Saturday, November 4, 2017

Interview WIth A Biker - Stefan Desfossés By Dahlia Houle

Pic © Stefan Desfossés
Motorcycles can vary in sizes, shapes, looks and models. Many will find mindfulness and inner peace as they ride and may also feel a sense of belongingness to a group and feel more confident in their overall life. Now the real question is, which type of bike would you or do you ride? An interview with a rider named Stefan Desfossés will reveal personal thoughts, experiences, and preferences according to different types of bikes.


Why Ride?


Pic © Stefan Desfossés
While interviewing Stefan, he informed me that he has wanted to learn how to ride a motorcycle since a very young age. However, he decided to get his learner's license when he moved to Milwaukee, Wisconsin in 2002 since he wasn’t obligated to pay 1000$ in order to follow the course as he was to in Québec. His first experience on a motorcycle was said to be quite scary due to the fact that he had no idea of what he was doing or how to change gears. Stefan has ridden his bikes in many places such as Wisconsin, Illinois, Florida, Georgia, Tennessee, North Carolina and New York. 

How Can A Job Affect Riding?


Pic © Stefan Desfossés
There are many types of bikes that one can ride. The rider I interviewed used to own 2-wheeled bikes for 9 years and then switched to 3-wheeled bikes.  Stefan has owned two Harley Davidson motorcycles, a Sportster 1200 and a Road King Classic. He works as a district sales manager and is responsible for a dealer network in Montreal and in Ottawa. He works for a Recreational Product Manufacturer (BRP) that produces 3-wheeled motorcycles and decided to sell both his Harleys in order to send out a better image of his job. According to Stefan, he will be buying a 2-wheeled motorcycle within the next year because it is one thing he misses most even though he has not owned one for several years. 

Bikes & Their Advantages


Pic © Stefan Desfossés
During the interview, the biker admitted certain personal pros and cons about 2 and 3-wheeled motorcycles. Advantages he pointed out for 2-wheeled motorcycles were the fact that you can actually lean into a curve, the complete feeling of freedom and the fact that it is his biggest stress reliever so far. Its cons included lack of stability, and the fact that you are not very visible and can easily be cut off or inadvertently run off the road. It is more dangerous than a 3-wheeled motorcycle. Some of the advantages brought up by the motorcyclist concerning 3-wheeled motorcycles were the stability and visibility to others. The downside is that you sacrifice the leaning into a curve and the ultimate feeling of freedom although there is still a certain sense of freedom. Stefan said “I mostly enjoy custom motorcycles due to their comfortable and relaxed seating position, with forward extended foot pegs”.

Pic © Stefan Desfossés
In conclusion, from the information that was shared to me throughout the interview, I believe that motorcycling is a great stress reliever to many and has much more benefits than downfalls. Choosing your bike is a huge decision and can be difficult to make the right choice. Each and every bike has its own advantages and disadvantages and every bikers taste will differ according to their personality and preferences. There is no good or bad bike. Now, what would you go for? 2 wheels or 3 wheels?

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Acknowledgements


I would like to give a big thanks to Stefan Desfossés for his time, kindness and best participation during the interview. It was a great pleasure to collaborate with him and getting to know more about his passion on motorcycles.

About Dahlia Houle


Dahlia Houle studied at Champlain College Lennoxville located in Quebec, Canada. Interview With A Biker - Stefan Desfossés was written as part of a class project for a course titled Zen & The Art of Motorcycle Studies in the Department of Humanities.

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