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My “Motorcycle Personality”

March 4, 2010

Earlier this evening, I was looking through a motorcycle terminology glossary, and over on the left was a button I simply could not resist: Twisted Grip Motorcycle Personality Test. Yeah, yeah, so now you know. I’m one of those quiz junkies, even though lately I’ve managed to ignore any kind of quiz or survey (directly proportional to how little time I have to “play” online these days). However, the bright Reflex Blue color and funky font—not to mention that it’s a moto quiz—got my attention and piqued my curiousity, and I succumbed.

Here, direct to you from, are my quiz answers and analyses (note: my editorial comments are in [brackets] ):

1. I am interested in motorcycles because… I enjoy riding
You are an adventurous creature who loves independence and freedom and are not held back by risk. As well, you are secretly admired by those who wish they could be more like you (and who may also consider you “crazy,” or more precisely, “inspirationally abnormal”). [Yep, I have heard sentiments like, especially from my non-riding mommy friends when I roll up on my bike. The kids, of course, think it’s cool as heck.]

2. I ride motorcycles primarily to… Have fun with my riding buddies
You are social, enjoy active companions, and unless you are otherwise hyper-competitive [I’m not], get along well with others in a group environment. Additionally, you very much enjoy your own space.[Doesn’t that second sentence cancel out the first?]

3. I think “motorcycle safety” is… Something I continually learn more about.
You are intelligent and/or experienced enough to respect the concept of reducing calculated risks for the purpose of enjoying long-term motorcycle pleasures. You are a good friend to yourself and to others, and all things considered, you have a pretty good life. You would help another in need (including non-bikers) and represent the cream of the crop within the global brotherhood [sisterhood] of motorcycle riders. [Aww…]

4. I primarily ride… When it’s at least minimally warm enough, but it doesn’t matter whether it’s sunny or raining.
You are a serious and seasoned motorcycle rider who not only can’t get enough of a good thing, you are self-secure, competent, hearty, have good riding gear, and quite likely have a lot of good riding stories. [All true, except that I do wish I had somewhat better wet weather riding gear.]

5. Here is what I think about wearing a motorcycle helmet… I always wear a helmet, regardless of whether the law says I need to or not.
You balance your freedom and pleasure with practical responsibility. You have confronted the reality that if you want to enjoy motorcycle riding [and life] a long time, a high-quality helmet is an important part of ensuring your survival. Heck, that helmet of yours even has the potential to help your family, friends and associates to benefit from your brilliant and entertaining companionship indefinitely into the future. [This last sentence requires the “yeah, whatever” response.]

6. The “Best” motorcycles are those that… Go the longest distances in relative comfort.
[Please note that I was sorely tempted here to choose “Go the fastest”, but in fact, road-tripping is what I enjoy the most about riding.]
You are bold, adventurous, spirited, philosophical and experienced in many areas of life. Even though you are a kid at heart, statistically speaking, you are over the hill [how did they know?]. You are enjoying life more than most every non-rider you know and your non-riding friends think you’re eccentric.

So, somehow, from these answers, a computer program determined that I “passed” the Motorcycle Personality Quiz (imagine that), and now I am the lucky recipient of a periodic newsletter called Motorcycles Only ( “your FREE newsletter with news and tips on motorcycle riding, motorcycle safety, and occasional whacky motorcycle whimsy.”

If it’s intelligent and whacky and whimsical… it sounds fine by me!

8 Comments leave one →
  1. March 4, 2010 5:28 am

    We are almost identical in our responses. 🙂 I chose “I commute to work” and “Huh? What has the weather to do with anything.” And I did choose “go the fastest” on the last question (imagine that LOL) and here is what it said:

    “High performance is your name, and competition is your game. You look GOOD in your colorful helmet and sporty gear and enjoy life to the fullest. You are knowledgable about the complexities of motorcycle technology, and consider you are behaving on the road if you are doing less than 2x the posted speed limit.”

    I so totally fell off my chair laughing. =D There is definitely truth in that statement for me. Thought I’d share this little nugget with you, since you ALMOST chose that one.

    • March 4, 2010 5:33 am

      I LOVE that! You are too funny! I’d say that answer describes you to a “t”, even with the little I know about you! 😀

  2. March 4, 2010 5:49 am

    Yup, that’s why I was laughing so hard. Busted. Found out. I’m a geek, what can I say. Going fast in style requires some amazing feats in engineering technology. =D Just look at them Germans with their new rocket. 🙂 I actually almost chose your answer, instead. Because one reason I justified the ‘Busa purchase (to myself and hubby) was that she makes an excellent sport-tourer with a few add-ons. But even the stock seat (at least to me) is nice and wide and comfy on those Iron Butt practice rounds. 🙂

  3. March 4, 2010 9:54 pm

    I also had similar results to yours… I laughed at this one:

    Your Answer: C1
    Huh? What does the weather have to do with anything? I ride until the snow is too deep to get out.


    Dude, presuming you’re telling the truth, you are one heck of a hard-core, motorcycle riding fanatic! You are healthy, strong, hard-headed, ruggedly individualistic, and very adept at solving problems and getting things done. It’s likely that you’re also a Navy Seal. If there were more people like you we’d have world peace and every nation would have a balanced budget.

    • March 5, 2010 6:12 am

      Chris, you are so great! How cool is it that you get to actually answer that you ride year-round in the snow? Pretty cool, in my book…

  4. March 7, 2010 8:35 pm

    Excellent comments – our thoughts are very similar!

    If you’re interested in comparing notes, my thoughts are here:

    Keep up the great blog!

    New Zealand

    • March 18, 2010 8:40 am

      Geoff, so glad you found my blog and find it worthy of reading! I will definitely take some time to read your thoughts on the riding life. Keep in touch!

  5. March 10, 2010 3:14 am

    It’s good to hear a rider talk about motorcycle safety.. too many people get injured overlooking this

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