How Motorcycle Riding Improves Physical Health

This blog post is dedicated to every rider who’s sick to death of those “motorcycles are so dangerous” conversations, to every mother who’s convinced her son or daughter is insane for riding, and for anyone who needs a really good excuse to go out and buy a bike. The bottom line is that riding a motorcycle is a form of low-impact exercise that improves muscle tone, can assist with weight loss, and has a multitude of health benefits. These health benefits include but are not limited to:

  • Healthier, stronger knees and thighs: A well-known orthopaedic surgeon in Indy once told me that motorcycle riders have fewer knee problems because riding a bike strengthens key muscles used to hold the patella and other bones in the knee in place. He told me that riding a motorcycle may reverse knee pain and problems and can most definitely prevent them. Most of the key muscles used to hold knee bones in place reside in the thigh. Ever notice that chicks that ride bikes have nice thighs? There’s a reason! Additionally, backing a bike into a parking spot, especially uphill, is basically like doing leg presses with a 600 pound weight. It works!
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  • Improved core strength: Again, all of the activities involved in steering a bike, moving it at slow speeds, etc., serve to strengthen muscles in the abdomen. It’s more fun that situps!!
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  • Increased insulin sensitivity: Because riding a motorcycle is a low-impact form of exercise, people who ride have improved insulin sensitivity for up to eight hours after a ride. Improved insulin sensitivity has a profound impact on weight loss, because insulin is a fat storage hormone. Having improved insulin sensitivity means your body will produce less insulin to counteract carbohydrates or to lower blood sugars, which means your body will be signaled to store less fat. The improved insulin sensitivity is also of great importance to anyone with Type 2 diabetes. (See my post, Diabetes and the Art of Motorcycle Riding for info on how riding a bike significantly lowers blood glucose levels.)
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  • Calorie burning: Riding a bike burns calories. Period. Getting everything ready for a ride takes time and burns calories, but there’s more. Think about it … it requires effort while riding to maintain balance, shift, brake, control the clutch, battle headwinds, etc., and that’s AFTER you burn calories backing the bike out of the garage! Riding into a headwind burns a significant amount of calories as your body tenses muscles to fight the wind and stay on the bike. This constant resistance exercise not only burns calories but serves to strengthens those muscles, which ultimately increases your metabolism. Additionally, the physical effort exerted while turning, especially at higher speeds, can be significant. Folks who ride motocross or race motorcycles can burn up to 600 calories per hour; the rest of us burn around 200-300 calories per hour. Not bad! (Note to passengers: You burn zero calories per hour while riding passenger on a cruiser, and potentially up to 50 calories per hour while riding passenger on a sport bike. Maybe it’s time to consider getting your own bike!)

  • Improved neck strength: This one is limited to those riders who wear helmets and those who have taken the time to properly fit themselves to their bike with the correct handle bars, seat, foot pegs, etc. Riding a bike that doesn’t “fit” well can actually cause back pain and destroy proper alignment. Make sure your bike fits you! Wearing a helmet for a few hours a day would strengthen your neck whether you ride or not. Wearing it while riding, especially if you don’t have a windshield to shelter you from the wind, requires significant strength. I’m happy to say, much to my chiropractor’s chagrin, I was able to reverse whiplash simply by riding my bike and wearing a helmet. (I never ride without one.) Strengthening my neck muscles served to pull my neck vertebrae back into alignment and back into the proper curvature. That is a therapy I can live with!!!
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  • Mental outlook: Motorcycle riders usually report returning from a ride feeling energized and happy. Many riders refer to their motorcycle as their “therapist.” Riding a motorcycle has a wonderful way of releasing endorphins that serve to boost mood and improve outlook. The time spent on a bike also provides valuable sun exposure, known to increase Vitamin D levels which are known to be powerful mood enhancers. Additionally, the hours of alone time spent on the back of a bike either allows folks to completely escape from their problems or allows them to work through problems and consider issues from different perspectives. I know more than one rider who hops on their bike and takes a ride when they have an issue needing consideration. (This does not, of course, apply to issues causing great distress.)

That’s it! Riding a motorcycle has definite health advantages, both physical and emotional. As always, ride smart. Get thoroughly trained before starting to ride and then take time to practice on back roads before hitting main thoroughfares. Take your time and don’t try to beat lights or get in front of slow drivers. As always, NEVER drive while under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Even one beer can affect reaction time enough to impair shifting, clutch operation and turning ability. Just don’t do it.

I’m off to ride. Have a great day!

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Dr. Pamela Reilly is a Naturopathic Physician dedicated to helping people improve their health and eliminate symptoms using natural, integrative methods. She has over 25 years of experience and has helped men, women and children improve their health using a holistic, client-centered focus. She sees clients in Indianapolis, does house calls, and also conducts consultations via Skype or telephone. Please feel free to contact her or visit her Consultations page for more information. Dr. Pamela speaks nationwide on a wide variety of health topics and welcomes speaking invitations.

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133 Responses to How Motorcycle Riding Improves Physical Health

  1. Glen Alexander says:

    Having read your blog, I have to say that I completely agree with your analysis. I am 73 years and have been riding motorcycles for 57 years. I cannot imagine being unable to ride but before I do quit, I will get a trike. I get my Harley out at every opportunity and take a ride (even if it’s downtown to shop). I have several friends who also ride and we usually take a road trip every year for 2 to 3 thousand miles. With the exception of Alaska, we have covered almost all of the USA except for the New England Area and hope to do that as well before we take up the rocking chair. Two trips through West Canada was also an awesome ride. Please don’t get the impression that I am a person of money, but rather an ordinary working stiff who took care of money and set priorities.

    I credit my physical condition and mental status to my motorcycles over the years. I believe that a person can either pay a psychiatrist or pay for a motorcycle because the results are the same… your just get to keep the motorcycle. In my opinion the feeling of peace and tranquility on the back of a motorcycle cannot be overrated.

  2. Dorothy says:

    Hey, I’m 52 and learned to ride 9 years ago. I have been separated from my husband for one year and find peace and serenity when I take a little ride on my Harley. Maybe I will start taking bigger rides for more of this therapy. It seems like everything to me right now. It makes me focus, then I start solving the worlds problems. I talk to God to tell him how thankful I am for being able to ride. I do my gratitude list. I practice uncomfortable discussions. I hear my motor, smell the air. Nothing like it, my friends.

  3. Tim says:

    I have been treated for depression for a loonngg time and none of the meds I’ve taken has come close to duplicating the feelings I get riding gravel forest roads. I may return tired and sore (I’m 68) , I carry a high from the ride even into the next day. It is even noticable to my wife and other friends.

    I saw a saying that expresses how I feel riding….

    FOUR WHEELS MOVES MY BODY…
    TWO WHEELS MOVES MY SOUL!

  4. Mark says:

    Agree totally with article. I ran a Bi-Polar Support Group for 20 years. I am in my 58th year of riding.
    Just bought a new cruiser – This is my 20th street bike. At 71, I have joint health issues. The pain goes away when I ride. My wife feels relaxed when riding. She has a high stress job. I enjoy installing accessories on the bike.
    I am off all mood stabilizers.
    Most of our riding is 150 to 200 miles.
    We are members of a good riders club.
    One thing – to be social is to be healthy!
    I hate any music. I love the sound of my motorcycle engine.
    After about 5 minutes, I feel a giant release of endorphins. I am also a pilot.
    Riding a motorcycle and flying are a exotic form of a state of consciousness.
    One woman friend has ridden her motorcycle around the world.
    There is nothing like nature’s air conditioning to cool off in the morning or evening.
    Thanks for such a great article. It is very well written!

  5. richard handran says:

    I have been riding from 16 to present, 48. years ago my wife would ask if it were OK to leave with the kids on vacation early and have me follow later on the motorcycle. I would agree and she would be ever so grateful for the increased time at the beach and or mountains. She thought it was a sacrifice on my part. Little did she know it was a joy to get out on long rides. Riding through scenic terrain is peaceful. So, I know that long rides are good for over all well being.

    My wife is no longer as naïve. She know it is not a sacrifice. She still appreciates the prolonged time.

  6. ANNETTE FREDERICK says:

    My apologies everyone! My boyfriend talked about wanting another motorcycle…(for 10 years) and I was one of those “WORRIED WENDY’S” that expressed my concern about the dangers…especially with so many accidents in our area from snowbirds and texting drivers!

    However, I have never been the type to try to control someone…or kill their dreams….so I started trying to be more supportive and even drove him to look at some (with a secret sigh of relief every time he didn’t end up getting one). He finally found his perfect bike a year ago and he was so happy…I could not help but to be truly happy for him. I even wanted to ride on back – but being an Enduro, it is much too tall for me to get on.

    So guess what? I remembered how much fun my Yamaha 80 was when I was 16….and thought, why not get one of my own so we can ride together? One month ago I found a beautiful Honda Shadow and became a member of the “if you can’t beat em JOIN EM club” and I am so glad I did!! I just wanted to say that I agree with this entire article…no stress, great exercise and awesome mood elevator!! Even though we are still taking it very slow and staying on back roads (he is a great teacher BTW)…I can already feel the positive impact on my health, my weight and our relationship…that was already pretty darn good.

  7. Christopher says:

    Well… My personal experience is that riding a bike in traffic areas is ONE HELL of a workout. The constant stop and go on a bike is actually exhausting and I am a Veteran. I have never hand stronger legs in my life than riding my cruiser 50 minutes to and from school. I have a bad elbow from the military that use to always hurt. I consider my motorcycle my trainer, physical therapist, therapist, and mode of transportation. It serves a lot of purposes.

  8. Debbie says:

    I am 44 years old and just started riding my own bike this year. I have had neck problems for many years. I actually feel like my neck is getting stronger the more I ride. My husband thinks I’m crazy when I say that I think the riding is helping my neck. Now I have proof haha. I absolutely love riding. I have always been a passenger on the bike in the past, but riding my own bike is the best. Wish I would have gotten my license years ago!

  9. Greg says:

    Riding motorbike improves mood, releases endorphins and makes you a tamer person. I can’t explain why, but since the day I started to ride, my aggression levels are much lower than before, driving a car (note I’m not aggressive person by any stretch in general).
    I ride every day in all weathers and my immunity to viral infections improved, being exposed to the elements and all. Spacial awareness improved, defencive skills sharpened and overall life experience gained. What’s not to like?
    And you can’t beat the feeling of exhaustion after few hundred kms: meals taste better, beer tastes better, and life is somewhat fuller.

  10. Greg says:

    Cant see where anyone has mentioned how great it makes you feel to get dressed in your leathers or how fantastic it feels to complete the challenge of a big ride.

    I always take some panadol ostio and some aspirin just in case.
    I also make sure that I keep bike fit by attending the gym and riding as much as possible.

    Love my Harley

  11. Richard Braun says:

    was 200 now 177 ride almost everyday. Oh and I don’t drink anymore. 9 months and going strong. Good thing not drinking anymore is I can hop on the bike and go anytime I want.

    FYI: I purchased the bike as a gift to myself for quitting drinking.

  12. David Dixon says:

    Hi, When riding my motorcycle for even 30 mins, my thigh muscles get very sore and even when I move my foot to use the rear brake it feels like someone’s sticking a knife into my leg.
    A friend of mine just says I need to get out on my bike a lot more and it will get better.

    Can you offer me any advice on this subject please, it really causes me concern, my fitness level is not too bad and I weight train quite often-tow to three times a week on average.
    Regards
    David

    • Hi, David. I’m so sorry to hear that. I recommend taking your bike to a good fit specialist and seeing if the configuration of your bike is putting a strain on the thigh muscles and/or on your feet. Checking and adjusting configuration would be the first thing I would try. It may help to rent or borrow a bike with a completely different setup to see if the problem is the same or better. I hope you are able to figure it out soon! Good luck!

    • merri says:

      I know if I don’t stretch before I go riding, then I get sore legs and cramps in my butt and legs

    • Paul says:

      Depending what bike you ride you can relocate your pegs and levers just search online .

    • shelley king says:

      Hi David, I noticed when riding that my left knee would get to a certain 100km or so and start to burn like hell. It did get better, but after riding from Wellington to Auckland I was about 200km from home, and the burn began..I was thinking it wasn’t good, having such a long way to go….I turned my left foot out slightly !! and the pain immediately disappeared. I was so shocked. So my advise to you is, look at the position of your feet. Perhaps turn them both out slightly…I notice Harley riders ( although that’s not the type of bike I ride ) have their feet turned out. Give it a go anyway. Would love to see how you get on.

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  14. Dave Reilly says:

    I’m from Niagara falls Canada and yes it’s a shortened season for riding but I have a Goldwing which weighs 900 lbs. 25 tears ago I had an ACL in my knee replaced and have had pain in that knee since the day I injured it. At the start of riding season it’s all I can do to hold the bike upright but by the end of the season I can whip it around like it was half the weight. Such a great article to read, to confirm, what was known but rarely commented on. Thanks Dr. Pamela and by the way you have a great last name!

  15. Cathy says:

    I am a 60 year old gal who started riding 2 years ago and I love it! It is my therapy and when I am done with a ride, I feel so alive and energized! 🙂

    • Amy says:

      You are an inspiration to me, thanks!

    • Mark Webb says:

      My wife has her Doctorate as a Clinical Therapist tells me I am happier and bipolar free, after my riding Harley-davidson fatboy, which is as often as I can weather permitting.
      My wife doesn’t have me as a patient as I see a psychiatrists’ who prescribes medication for when I am not riding, as this keeps my Bipolar, ADD and reactions to a minimal (going from zero to the sound barrier max within nanoseconds) this is very much true. Not kidding, this is a serious foreshure diagnosis.

  16. Merri Bright says:

    I am a long time rider. A doctor at the VA in Tucson, AZ asked me what kind of exercise do I get and I told her “I ride a motorcycle daily”. She said “Motorcycle riding is not exercise”. I told her “let me see you pick that 1000# puppy up and corner it through the Gila National Forest Roads.
    She did not go for it.
    Thank you for the article, I am printing it for her.

  17. ninjaPT says:

    I’ve been diagnosed with MS 16 yrs ago . Still riding my Kawa Ninja almost everyday and .It has certainly helped me keep my smile and health in good shape.

    • Awesome. Good for you!

    • manseated says:

      awesome ninjaPT! i was diagnosed w/ MS in ’89 — seven years or so after i’d (i thought) given up motorcycling. Now in my early 60’s, i’ve taken it up again. can’t throw my leg over but a medium scoot (300cc Forza) is (almost) every bit a motorcycle and i’m re-invigorated. i don’t really remember why i gave it up 30 years ago, but (MS and all, and against the ‘better’ judgement of almost everyone i know) i’m happily commuting every day, and slowly forgetting that i was “in the market” to buy a car . . .

  18. osho paul says:

    good article,gained lots of info,I always wounder how can I be healthier as if am not doing any exercise or doing gym. So this is it. 🙂

  19. Denny Melcher says:

    Great article! Kudos to you. I got hooked when 13 and have been riding most of the years between then and 70. Always loved the book Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, I think it speaks to the therapeutic connection and almost spiritual part of riding for myself and a lot of other riders.

  20. David G. Willett says:

    82 years old. Ride every day, depending on the weather. Only medication, one baby aspirin a day. No health issues. I concur with your perspective and benefits ridding motorcycles.

    • That’s fantastic. Congratulations!

    • Dale Vieweger says:

      David

      Freaking awesome … 82 Years young. I’m 75, one baby aspirin a day only like you with a passion for riding. People ask me what my future aspirations are … my answer (sometimes) is that I want to ride until I’m 108 YO and get myself shot in bed by an irate husband

  21. GRAMMA says:

    I turn 70 this summer, live in Manitoba, Canada and therefore have a limited riding season. I have been riding since I was 13, started small & now ride an HD Road King (120RX). I met my partner 14yrs. ago. She had never ridden on a motorcycle. Now she rides her own HD Softail Deluxe and I can’t keep her off it in the summer, rain or shine! It is our therapy, a way of life(living)that helps bind our love for each other! We now know several other reasons we feel so good about riding, besides the freedom!

    Just a few old school biker sayings:
    You never see a motorcycle parked in front of a psychiatrist’s office.
    Four wheels move the body, two wheels move the soul.
    Riding blows the cobwebs from your mind!
    Only a dog hanging his head out the window of a vehicle knows how good it feels.

    Thank you for a most informative article. It provides proof of what most bikers have been saying for years!

  22. Calvin Miller says:

    Great article! Red wine and dark chocolate deserve good company!

  23. Jim McDonough says:

    I have been riding since I was 15. Now I’m 61 and still riding even with torn rotator cuffs in both shoulders and can no longer work as a mechanic. Guess what? I have no pain when I’m riding. It’s a mind thing. I don’t mind as long as I’m riding.
    Cheers, Jim

  24. mountainman says:

    I am 68 and my wife is 76. We still ride as much as we can. We’ve live in Canada & have been to both coasts as well as Florida & California in the U.S. My wife has had a hip replaced & I have had knee replacement and it hasn’t slowed us down. We’ve ridden in 100f and -4c and enjoyed every moment. Biking keeps us young !!

  25. Sandy says:

    I belive riding has kept me young. I started riding my own when I was 60. I am now 69 and never plan on stopping. I ride a softail springer, and a trike, depending on my mood. My hubby is 75 and been riding since 1954. I truly believe we are the younger for it.

  26. Neva Smith says:

    Thank You for all the good information! I lost my 2 youngest Sons in a car crash in 1998. Threw me into unexpected “Empty Home Syndrome “! So many emotions that I needed much therapy! I was an Athlete for 30 years, not even that made me want to get up in the morning. So I took my 1st real Vacation to Sturgis. South Dakota to hang around biker people. I’ve had on my wish list to own a Harley. Saved my $, 2 yrs later bought my 1st motorcycle (sportster). I have not looked back since… on my 2nd Harley, belong to a all women’s group & oh so look forward to riding! ! I’m 66, list 15 lbs & feel healthy in body & soul. That’s my story.

  27. Trisha says:

    After each of 4 surgeries to my arm, I used my motorcycle as physical therapy. It helped me get my strength back in my (left, clutch) arm. It was also emotional therapy, spiritual therapy and social therapy!

  28. jon B says:

    I’m 3years post kidney transplant, riding is the only thing that kept me going through 4 years of dialysis. when I started dialysis I traded my motocross bike for a Harley, now that Iam getting stronger I plan to return to off road riding, not competively though

  29. Jeremy Rines says:

    Great article!

  30. Ken jackson says:

    I have had two back surgeries and prior and leading up to the surgeries I rode a motorcycle a had about 3 years to the day between them but I would still ride as long as I could get on the bike witch some days I couldn’t but when I’m on mine a lot of the pain is gone can’t explain it I am on disability because I can not hold a job long until chronic pain returns went the last to years not riding just got another motorcycle and when I ride it life feels somewhat normal

    • Wow. That’s amazing. Congratulations!

    • Lou sarkas says:

      I am in total agreement with you Ken, I just had my 4th back surgery, I am a firefighter, I am retiring because they say My back cannot take it any more, I agree, but when I get on my electraglide, the pain is GONE! herniation to herniation no pain riding. Something with the posture relieving pressure I think my feet on the pegs the seat I don’t know but i can ride all day NO PAIN, get off and I’m cripple, Lol. I’m doing good 3 weeks out now took a 4 minute ride a few days ago and No pain no strain granted i do feel better after this surgery but my back will never be the same but riding sure makes it unnoticeable!. I agree with the bike fitting you mine does Im 6″ 200Lb The bike is over 1000Lb. but it fits, a smaller bike might fit better for someone else. enjoy.

  31. Ciaron says:

    Pamela, you’re so right. Riding my bike never fails to lift me especially and does wonders for posture.

  32. Relja Grujicic says:

    I have dyabiits

  33. Phil says:

    Wonderful article and very true from my experience of over 50 yrs riding. Especially the part regarding mental health issues. As a person who has suffered from a lifelong battle w depression, I can vouch for the benefits of riding as a mood elevator. Thanks again.

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    First of all, I want to THANK YOU, FOR DOING THE RESEARCH ON BEHALF OF BIKERS ACROSS THE GLOBE.
    Secondly, I am a TYPE-2 DIABETIC with HYPERTENSION and was taking INSULIN 4xs PER DAY ALONG WITH (4) BP PILLS. Well, after TAKING CONTROL OF MY HEALTH AND LOSING 85 LBS, (WHILE RIDING MY BIKE 1-2 HOURS PER DAY WEATHER PERMITTING) I NO LONG TAKE INSULIN AND ONLY TAKE 1 BP PILL !
    FYI: MY PRIMARY CARE PHYSICIAN EVEN SHARED YOUR ARTICLE WITH HER BIKER PATIENTS ! SO HATS OFF TO YOU !

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  37. Marc brez says:

    just to confirm all what you write about motorbike driving.I would add: do it offroad, more fun , less cars.

  38. Thanks for the nice article. I love outdoor activities and riding especially. It keeps you young!

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  40. It is great to read your article. You like to add that I have been told by senior medical doctor that riding reduces or delay alzaimer.

    • Thanks much. So nice to hear that!

    • Luc Cauvier says:

      Hi!
      In the spring of 2013 i have gone alone into a motorcycle ride one month of pure pleasure riding total of abouth 15000Km into the usa coast to coast ! The third day of riding i had to stop injecting insulin type N caus my sugar was dropping low… each day i was wathing it carefully many times a day and the overhall result is: didint need insulin the hole month of riding and a bonus of one other month when i was back home !

      this is my personal experience of it 🙂
      Their was a lot of other benefit to this one month ride !
      Ride, Live, and enjoy life.

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  44. Cool! I have one more reason to go out and ride a motor bike. And if someone questions me, I can point them to this blog! Yahoo!

  45. Val says:

    I am a rider for 25 years, I am 48 but people give me 40… 🙂 🙂 So, riding a motorcycle may keep you yung and happy… 🙂

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  47. Deeps says:

    That’s true it make you younger day by day and energize your life. Also gives motivational factor in your life. Keep it up riders !!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  49. Da Preacha says:

    Awesome article will share with bruthas n sistas from other muthas on two wheels…….and I am in full agreeance with ur article……and I can add that on relationship side riding it creates a closer bond between you and ur significant other…..on bike and in the bedroom

  50. philip chacon says:

    I went to my 30 yr class reunion, been riding forty years all weather included most of my classmates told me i just keep getting younger and younger. I once read, or heard that the cold wind on my face keeps my skin tight and young looking. Any truth to that Doc?

  51. Cal Hagan says:

    Great news!
    Now if I can only fix that small glitch in my bike that makes me turn into every ice cream shop I find……

  52. ross burke says:

    I agree with the connections between motorcycling and all forms of health improvement. I’ve recently experienced depression and my bike is my time out to ponder life and loves.

  53. Bernardo Paratore says:

    yep, best low impact exercises: tai chi and motorcycles.

  54. Felix Vallone says:

    I have a T-shirt and a small wooden sign that says “You never see a MOTORCYCLE parked outside of a therapist’s office.” There’s a good reason why. Nice blog. Good read. Thanks!

  55. craig says:

    well that is enough for me to think spending money on my new harley was the better choice instead of spending money on chiropractor and orthopedic care ! win win !

  56. Markone says:

    To paraphrase Burt Munro Most motorcyclists live more in five minutes than other people do in their entire lives.

  57. Griz says:

    well Ive been riding for 45 years now and I’m a fat bastard…. wadid I do wrong ?

  58. Adit Dave says:

    Hi Doc
    I’m a Colon Cancer survivor and and am presently going through hormonal treatment for Prostate cancer. Is there any direct connection between Prostate cancer and riding a bike. I’m a keen rider and it would really break my heart if you said yes. I/m 56 years old.

    • I’m so sorry to hear of your challenges. I am not aware of any connection between motorcycle riding and prostate cancer. I wish you a speedy recovery so you can get back on your bike!

    • Fred says:

      I have had prostate, skin, and blatter cancer. The bike still runs great and I enjoy every minute of it. As far as I know, I’m cancer free and raising two grandkids, 12 and 3, and still going strong. I’m 69 going on 30 and I blame the bikes, after 50 years of riding in all kinds of weather, including snow, all is great.

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  60. Sudhir Prasad says:

    Been an avid rider for the past 7 years and I agree to what’s being said.
    Just back from a 4500kms ride and yes, I have never been more happier and lost 4kgs as
    well. 🙂
    Ride safe and hard mates!

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  65. Cliff says:

    I always wondered why I always feel so good while I’m riding. I thought it was just because it’s a fun thing to do. Who knew it was all that other stuff?

    • LOL. Yep. Especially the rush of “feel good” neurotransitters in the brain. You know what they say … you never see a motorcycle parked outside of a therapist’s office! 🙂

  66. Robert (TourMaster) says:

    I concur fully. In fact, after a distance ride, I don’t only have an elevated mood, I feel hungry as if I’ve been for a good swim in the lake. Love that feeling. Also, I road 8,000 miles this summer from New Haven, CT to Dallas, Texas, up to California and back home through the middle of the country. I lost weight, not for the lack of eating, though riding did curb my appetite.
    Thanks for posting. I’m quite tired of all the doom and gloom stories.
    Ride4Ever

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  69. Anonymous says:

    I ride every day of the year (have no car/live in tropics) but still have a colleague who tells me she's worried for me for riding. I answer with the same, monotone line,"When" (not IF) "I have my accident which renders me a quad or dead, you can tell everyone 'I told her so.'" Just keep practicing it and use it as a monotone response and some will soon see how boring, sanctimonious, and insincere they really are.
    Scooter Crone of Cayman

  70. Leen says:

    Pamela, can I use your article in out local MRA newsletter?

  71. Pamela Reilly, Naturopath, CNHP, CNC, CPH says:

    LOL. I'm a firm believer that pharmacies should carry motorcycles instead of most of the poisons they do! 😉

  72. Randy Clark says:

    OK, if I want to lose 10 lbs, at 600 calories per hour, and I hold my caloric intake to 200 per hour, how long do I get to…I mean have to ride, and will my DR. prescribe this – please?

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