You would think that being free to ride the roads on a powerful motorcycle would be enough to keep anyone happy, yet a lot of motorcyclists seem to be have constant complaints.
We complain about a host of things from cyclists to politicians, police, other riders and the weather. Oh, how we complain about the weather!
Some of our complaints are legitimate.
After all, it’s 100% true that every cager is out to get us, police hate us, politicians want to legislate us out of existence and all mothers-in-law think their daughters should never have married a biker.
Some of our complaints are spurious.
For example, there is no point complaining about how quickly our rear tyres wear out if we don’t inflate them correctly and we do frequent burn-outs for our mates.
Here is our list of top 10 complaints we hear from riders … and from our own mouths!
- Riders who start their engines and rev them while they’re putting on their jacket, helmet, gloves etc … It’s irritating, the exhaust fumes get in our coffee and it’s pointless. After all, a modern EFI bike needs no warming up.
- Caravans that don’t pull over in the lay-overs. They clog our highways as they crawl along oblivious to other traffic. Thankfully motorcycles can pass a long caravan rig fairly quickly, but that doesn’t stop us complaining about them.
- Riders who show off with wheelies in a pack. It’s dangerous and it’s embarrassing when they come off. It also attracts police attention.
- Trucks that decide to pass each other in the only section with a passing lane. Sometimes it takes them the whole passing lane to get past and then you’re back to double white lines!
- Roadworks speed limits where there is clearly no roadworks going on or the workers are having a lunch break. And usually there is a police car somewhere just waiting to book the errant rider.
- Pillion seats that offer less support and comfort than a budgie perch in a cage. What’s the point of pillion seats and foot pegs on a sports bike anyway. They only add weight and in some states cost more in registration than a solo bike.
- Small fuel tanks. They may look great, but what’s the point when you can only ride as far as the next service station before you have to fuel up again.
- Expensive pieces of plastic to replace the bits that broke when the bike fell off its stand. It’s a ripoff perpetrated by every motorcycle manufacturer. Why don’t they design bikes with some break proof bits or at least protection from low-speed drops?
- Bad and expensive coffee at your favourite cafe. We already pay a fortune for our bikes and gear, we don’t want to pay $5 for a burnt coffee in some far-flung country cafe.
- Riders that whinge all the time about the weather, road conditions, slow traffic … Don’t you just hate that most of all!
What is your biggest gripe, complaint or whinge?