mental health my life


As you have probably guessed, I love motorbikes and anything motorbike related. Along with music, it’s an escape . When I’m riding, I’m free. In my head I’m the next Scott Redding, although I’m nearly 40 years to old to dream of starting to race.

I love how the bike feels beneath me, how I can feel the road (hopefully still on the bike and not on my arse). The sound the exhaust makes. Its a full aftermarket akrapovic race exhaust (yes officer, it is legal……..ish). The way I have to move my body around to get the bike around corners at speed (within the speed limit officer). I love being in full control, knowing my limits and the limits of the bike.

I currently ride a yamaha MT07. Not the biggest or fastest bike on the road, but so much fun. It will do 0 to 60mph in 3.8 seconds and has a top speed of 130mph. Obviously I would have no idea if either of these figures are true 🤫. Its very lightweight, easy to throw around and wheelies very easily (apparently).

My MT07

Now, I don’t know if it is because of my medication, or the fact that bikes don’t scare at all, but I have noticed that my heart rate doesn’t increase at all when I’m riding. Wierd.

Bikers themselves are like the polar opposite of car drivers ( I also own and drive a car). Whenever we see a fellow biker on the road, we nod our head in recognition. Even bikers that have pulled over will still nod and wave. You don’t get that among car drivers. Bikers are among the friendliest people I have ever met. It’s like a brother/sisterhood. At bike shows everyone is so polite and will stop and talk. It really feels like being part of something.

Obviously I am extremely venerable on a bike and sometimes almost invisible to other road users. I would never go out without wearing the full protective clothing at anytime. Riding really helps to clear my head. If you ride or are thinking about starting, please be safe. Your life matters.