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If you are a motorcycle rider, you known that there is nothing quite like feeling the wind in your hair as barrel down an open road. There is something uniquely energizing about feeling the power of an engine between your legs. Motorcycle riding is something many people enjoy, and for good reason. There are many great benefits to riding motorcycles, just as there are many reasons to use caution – especially on long-distance rides. Let’s examine those reasons.
It is odd to think of, but the act of riding a motorcycle can actually have health benefits. According to the article “6 Surprising Benefits of Motorcycle Riding” published on CASBO.org, the website for the California Association of School Business Officials, one can achieve healthier, stronger knees and thighs from prolonged riding. In the article, it states that orthopedic surgeons have found that riding a motorcycle strengthens the muscles used to hold the patella and other bones of the knee in place.
Even more fascinating, according to naturopathic doctor Dr. Pamela Reilly, because of the muscles involved, motorcycle riding qualifies as a low-impact form of exercise. As such, motorcycle enthusiasts will generally have improved insulin sensitivity for up to eight hours after riding. This, in turn, helps one’s metabolism, cuts the storage of fats, and promotes healthy weight loss.
In fact, Dr. Reilly asserts in the CASBO article, that the act of riding a motorcycle employs the principles of constant resistance exercise. While riding, a person burns approximately 600 calories per hour, compared to 200-300 calories per hour for someone at rest.
In the article “The 7 Surprising Health Benefits of Motorcycle Riding” found on the website BrapWrap.com, a motorcycle clothing/accessory marketplace, it states that a study funded by Harley-Davidson America found that riding a motorcycle for 20 minutes resulted in a 28% decrease in cortisol, a biomarker that indicates stress. Further, the study found that participants’ heart rates increased by 11% while riding and adrenaline levels went up by 27%, as they would with other forms of healthy light exercise. In short, riding free is a great way to improve your emotional disposition and relieve you of the burdens of stress.
In addition, since riding is typically done in sunlight, there is a resulting increase in Vitamin D, which is important to overall bone health and has an added positive influence on mood.
According to the piece “Motorcycle Riding Health Benefits” found on TuneTrends.com, the act of riding a motorcycle requires good posture translating into improved core strength in the abdomen. Muscles in the neck and back also get a good workout with each ride.
As much as motorcycle riding can have health benefits, the act also has some health risks. For instance, in the article “Do Motorcyclists Have Erectile Dysfunction? A Preliminary Study”, published in IJIR: Your Sexual Medicine Journal found that there is a connection between riding and ED.
Further, according to the “Study of Vibration and its Effect on Health of the Motorcycle Rider” published in the Online Journal of Health and Allied Sciences, it was found that motorcycle riding can cause numbness and stiffness in fingers, pain and stiffness in the shoulder, as well as low back disorders.
Canadian inventor Randall Dale Chipkar alleges that extremely low frequency electromagnetic field (ELF EMF) radiation can travel through a standard motorcycle seat to affect the rider’s groin and torso leading to such conditions as prostate cancer, testicular cancer, colon cancer, and bone cancer. Based on his research, Chipkar was granted a patent for an ELF EMF shielding motorcycle seat. Chipkar also published a book on his research: “Motorcycle Cancer? ELF EMF Radiation Truth Exposed for Rider Safety.”
Motorcycle riding has many advantages ranging from improved mood to muscle workout. But like everything, it must come in moderation to do good. So, when it comes to national bike rallies like Sturgis, Daytona, Laconia, and Myrtle Beach, it might be best to ship your motorcycle to the event. You wouldn’t be alone, many avid bikers who love to ride choose to ship their cycles to their rallies each year. This gives you the best of both worlds – you get to ride in a beautiful environment with fellow enthusiasts and don’t have to battle the elements and expose your body to the harsh health risks sometimes associated with long-distance riding. Nor do you put undue wear and tear on your bike.
When you choose to ship your motorcycle, make sure you use a reputable transportation company like A-1 Auto Transport that works with licensed, bonded, and insured carriers.
A-1 Auto Transport offers many options for delivering your bike including:
Experienced shippers like A-1 Auto Transport offer real-time satellite tracking, as well as insurance coverage so you can have maximum peace of mind. If you are planning on attending a rally this year, do yourself a favor and look into shipping options like A-1 Auto Transport – it could be what’s best for your health and for the health of your motorcycle.
Joe Webster began his journey in the auto transport field by attending the University of Southern California (USC), where he graduated with a Bachelor of Business Marketing.
After college, he started his career in the auto transport industry from the bottom up and has done virtually every job there is to do at A-1 Auto Transport, including but not limited to: Truck Driver, Dispatch, Sales, PR, Bookkeeping, Transport Planner, Transport Manager, International Transport Manager, Brokering, Customer Service, and Marketing. Working with his mentor Tony Taylor, Joe Webster has learned the ins and outs of this industry which is largely misunderstood.
With over 30 years experience in the industry, we've been helping people ship their vehicles, motorcycles, RV's, heavy equipment, household goods and more across the country or overseas without a hitch. Ask us anything.
Due to the nature of my work, I must relocate every couple of years to where my company needs me. Because of this, I’ve tested several moving and auto transport companies over the years.
And my choice in terms of auto transport has to be A1 Auto Transport. It’s in the name, but also in the quality with which they do their jobs. I’ve never had a problem with this company.
The only time my shipment was delayed was during winter when a snowstorm closed down all the major roads. And they still found an alternative and got my car delivered before roads got unstuck.
When I moved to West Virginia, they picked up my car the very day I called them. I like to think they take special care of me considering all the business I’ve sent them. I’ll continue to support A1 Auto Transport. It’s my number one pick in auto shipping to this day.
I considered selling my car when I moved to Washington. It was old and rusty, but I grew attached to it. So, I called a couple companies to transport it to my new home, but they both fell through.
The first one couldn’t decide on a schedule. He would constantly change the pickup date till I got frustrated and canceled. The second was insufferable, very rude on the phone, even worse in person.
They started picking a part my car asking me why I still have it. If that’s their opinion of my vehicle, how can I trust they’ll take care of it? If something happened midway, why wouldn’t they just blame it on the car instead of paying up?
So, I cancelled this company as well and turned to A1 Auto Transport. From the get go, they were very different from my past options. Their website was very professional and up to date, full of useful information. I requested a quote using their online form, and I got an email response within an hour. Surprisingly fast!
If I didn’t know any better, I would’ve thought they were lacking customers, but the email spoke for itself. In just one email, everything I needed to know was there, including a contact number I could use to get more information or confirm the transport.
I called and got things rolling. I was very pleased with the driver. He followed standard procedure and represented his company well. Can’t remember his name, but props to him!
The car arrived in Washington 6 days later in excellent condition. From what I understand, the transport was delayed a bit by a storm, but since the time window was 4-6 days from the beginning, I don’t really care. You have my full support and recommendation!
There are a lot of options for auto transport these days, which surprisingly makes it harder to find a good company. I received more than 10 offers to ship my car, but I couldn’t decide on any of them.
After doing some research, I got even more worried reading about all the scams and accidents that can happen. But, I have work to do and couldn’t afford to drive my newly purchased Mini Cooper all the way to Virginia.
Fortunately, I made the right choice with A1 Auto Transport. They are very good at their jobs. I spent more than an hour drilling Joe with various questions, and he never once lost his patience. He saw I was interested, so he bore with me until I was satisfied. The driver was also very courteous and my car was intact on arrival. I couldn’t have asked for more.
By the way, the price we first agreed on stayed the same. There were no delays or unexpected “surprises.” I can safely say this is a legit company that will get the job done.
We give A1 Auto Transport a big 10 out of 10! We chose them to move our car from California to Vermont, since we needed professionals.
We were abroad during the transport, so the transport was a bit tricky. The driver had to pick it up from storage on short notice and get it to its destination within at most 10 days. I was happy to note it arrived sooner. We got it 3 days early, right when we got home to pick it up. It made getting around way easier. Awesome service!
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