As you probably all know after your first few weeks riding a motorcycle, it’s a mental game. You need to stay sharp and focussed when riding. You need your traffic sense alert: what is that car doing in front of you, why is that car behind you changing lanes the whole time, do you see that car racing up to the intersection in front of you????
A lot of things happen, and you need to stay on top of them. A few moments of inattention could be the difference between finishing your ride or ending up in the hospital or worse.
That is why if I have problems I stay away from my bike, no matter how much I prefer to be riding. Riding with problems, be it work, marriage, legal or whatever issue you may be facing that is big or critical, will mean that your mind is not with the ride.
I’ve seen over the years several of my friends have a motorcycle accident while they were all going through a nasty divorce. In fact, these friends, four in total, had all been in a heavily contested divorce, and all four decided to go for a ride to “think about something else”. But it’s very difficult to do this. While riding, you mind will return to your big problem and you will not be able to remove the thoughts from your mind. Before you know it, you’ll be playing scenarios out in your mind, or what else you should have said in a conversation ….
What that means is that with all the best intentions, your mind is going to wander and before you know it, you’ll no longer be paying attention to traffic. And that is when accidents happen.
So leave bad thoughts out of the equation. If you have them, better not ride. Being mentally distracted is a killer.