Saturday, June 30, 2018

Interview With A Biker - John Doe By Zackary Bernais

Living Life 1 Mile At A Time
Motorcycles can be a big part of your life. Choosing to ride motorcycles, they could change your life forever. From meeting new people and having great experiences to having that one accident. Motorcycling is awesome but very dangerous at the same time. I want to answer the following questions; what was your most memorable ride, what conditions do you find optimal to ride in and why do you ride motorcycles even if its dangerous? To answer these questions, John Doe will be telling us more about his experiences. He lives in Sherbrooke and owns a 2002 FLH Harley Davidson. He loves his bike.


You Meet The Nicest People On A Motorcycle
John’s entrance into the motorcycling world was in 1971 when he bought his first bike, a 250cz. Going again his mother, and wishes he was forced to find other living arrangement during a short period. He was taking a chance on buying a bike at such a young age. He was mostly influenced by his best friend who also had one at the time. His passion thrived inside him and still to this day, he loves to ride bikes. Over the years he has had many experiences from crashes to magnificent sunset rides. The most memorable moment he said was when he rode to the top of Mont Washington. John said that this experience changes someone’s life. The thing that stood out the most for him was the views while climbing and on top of the mountain.  They were breath taking, he said During the years, off riding the kilometers start to stack up overtime when you start a trip ending over 3000 km in ten days. Starting in Sherbrooke and riding all the way through Cambridge to Niagara falls and coming back through the Algonquin park. That many kilometers spread out over ten days tests everything about the biker has, his bike and himself. This is very difficult to do over that short period not choosing the days it is nice out but every day for that time getting on that bike rain or shine, hot or cold and continuing the journey. During this time he made the decision that Harley Davidson was the best bike for him. He enjoys the Harley Soft tail, Low boy edition. He prefer carburetor over injection and just the normal five speed. John said that the type of bike you ride is really a personal preference, what others ride doesn’t really matter. He likes Harley and other people like other companies. As long as you’re having fun on a bike, it doesn’t matter what kind. A biker is a biker he says. There’s always room for more on the road. John likes to ride in the sun at +15-+20 Celsius he doesn’t like to ride in the rain or when its to hot. When he was young he said that it didn’t matter to him to ride rain or shine but now he chooses the most preferable days to go out and ride his bike. He likes to ride about 350 kilometers per day now, a nice little relaxed day of riding to let out the stress of the week. Since day one the passion to ride his bike has not faded away at all. He loves to ride and continues to make friendships within the biker community. He has been influenced by many people to continue riding but the biggest is himself because only you know what you like to do. Which raises the question; why do something if you know it could kill you! Well we asked john, his motto is I won’t stop myself from doing something because it is dangerous. He gave the example of walking outside you might slip and fall and hurt yourself but would that stop you from walking? He said that when you are riding you aren’t thinking about the dangers everything just goes away, stop thinking about everything else and only think about what is in front of you. The adrenaline spike that you get is phenomenal. When asked about the riding rules in Quebec, John had many opinions. He expresses that forcing people to wear helmets is not preferable. He understands that they might save your life but you should not be forced. On the contrary the riders choice to wear one or not. He was confused that if you have your license and then give it up for a year or 2 because you can no longer afford a bike, that you have to retake the entire year of tests again. John does not agree with this. I asked about the difference between the Canadian rules and some rules in France such as riding the lines through traffic. He said that this rule didn’t bother him a lot because if he wanted to do it he would but he would own up to his responsibilities upon getting ticketed. His actual favorite places to go and ride are Maine and Vermont because they don’t force you to wear a helmet down there and the roads are much nicer. He predicts owning his current bike for the rest of his life. It’s already the way that he likes it setup. 

Proud Harley-Davidson Owner
John’s entrance into the motorcycling world was in 1971 when he bought his first bike, a 250cz. Going again his mother, and wishes he was forced to find other living arrangement during a short period. He was taking a chance on buying a bike at such a young age. He was mostly influenced by his best friend who also had one at the time. His passion thrived inside him and still to this day, he loves to ride bikes. Over the years he has had many experiences from crashes to magnificent sunset rides. The most memorable moment he said was when he rode to the top of Mont Washington. John said that this experience changes someone’s life. The thing that stood out the most for him was the views while climbing and on top of the mountain.  They were breath taking, he said During the years, off riding the kilometers start to stack up overtime when you start a trip ending over 3000 km in ten days. Starting in Sherbrooke and riding all the way through Cambridge to Niagara falls and coming back through the Algonquin park. That many kilometers spread out over ten days tests everything about the biker has, his bike and himself. This is very difficult to do over that short period not choosing the days it is nice out but every day for that time getting on that bike rain or shine, hot or cold and continuing the journey. During this time he made the decision that Harley Davidson was the best bike for him. He enjoys the Harley Soft tail, Low boy edition. He prefer carburetor over injection and just the normal five speed. John said that the type of bike you ride is really a personal preference, what others ride doesn’t really matter. He likes Harley and other people like other companies. As long as you’re having fun on a bike, it doesn’t matter what kind. A biker is a biker he says. There’s always room for more on the road. John likes to ride in the sun at +15-+20 Celsius he doesn’t like to ride in the rain or when its to hot. When he was young he said that it didn’t matter to him to ride rain or shine but now he chooses the most preferable days to go out and ride his bike. He likes to ride about 350 kilometers per day now, a nice little relaxed day of riding to let out the stress of the week. Since day one the passion to ride his bike has not faded away at all. He loves to ride and continues to make friendships within the biker community. He has been influenced by many people to continue riding but the biggest is himself because only you know what you like to do. Which raises the question; why do something if you know it could kill you! Well we asked john, his motto is I won’t stop myself from doing something because it is dangerous. He gave the example of walking outside you might slip and fall and hurt yourself but would that stop you from walking? He said that when you are riding you aren’t thinking about the dangers everything just goes away, stop thinking about everything else and only think about what is in front of you. The adrenaline spike that you get is phenomenal. When asked about the riding rules in Quebec, John had many opinions. He expresses that forcing people to wear helmets is not preferable. He understands that they might save your life but you should not be forced. On the contrary the riders choice to wear one or not. He was confused that if you have your license and then give it up for a year or 2 because you can no longer afford a bike, that you have to retake the entire year of tests again. John does not agree with this. I asked about the difference between the Canadian rules and some rules in France such as riding the lines through traffic. He said that this rule didn’t bother him a lot because if he wanted to do it he would but he would own up to his responsibilities upon getting ticketed. His actual favorite places to go and ride are Maine and Vermont because they don’t force you to wear a helmet down there and the roads are much nicer. He predicts owning his current bike for the rest of his life. It’s already the way that he likes it setup.

Evening Ride Along The Beach
Everything about riding a motorcycle is to be desired, from the long adventures, riding to the tops of mountains to the feeling that you get when riding. The friendships you make while riding are phenomenal, from going on a group ride with your local club to just going out for lunch. People will always ask you about you’re bike. The motto that John has set for himself applies to everything that we do in life from walking to riding a motorcycle, why would it stop you from doing something just because its dangerous? If we don’t live by this motto, can we be considered living at all. Would it not be more satisfying to be able to say that I lived my life to the fullest? This is what keeps John doing what he loves for as long as he can.

Acknowledgements


I want to thank my uncle John Doe for sharing all his experiences that he has had over the years. Without him this project would have been a little more difficult to conduct. I want to thank him for his hospitality while having me over to conduct such an interview.

About Zackary Bernais


Zackary Bernais studied at Champlain College Lennoxville located in Quebec, Canada. Interview With a Biker - John Doe was written as part of a class activity for a course titled Zen & The Art of Motorcycle Studies in the Department of Humanities.

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