Bikes are cool and those who ride them are even cooler. Right? We’ll maybe, but that doesn’t necessarily mean that they are dating material. Beyond the hot bike, the cool clothes, and the devil-may-care attitude, your biker guy or girl likely has a number of things higher on his priority list than you. If you think you’ve met Mr./Ms. Right Biker, beware: here are a few things of which you might want to be wary.
1. We’re not very classy or sophisticated
If you’re looking for someone to accompany you to fancy restaurants or formal events with your family, bikers may not be the ideal choice. We’re generally walking around in our riding jackets holding our helmet in one hand and our jeans will be covered in dirt and grime from riding around. And we would rather get to know you over beers and greasy street food rather than a nice restaurant.
2. We’re taking your car
Unless you’re willing to have a major hair-do altering experience, you should expect to drive. Check that: You should expect to hand over the keys to your car. No self-respecting motorcyclist would be caught dead riding shotgun, and any biker worth his salt isn’t going to show up in a car anyhow. However, if you’re willing to ride pillion, read on.
3. We’re never around
It’s a pleasant weekend morning and you want to go for a relaxing walk in the park or to that brunch place everyone’s talking about. But unless its raining cats and dogs, you can expect us to spend all our free time riding around on our bikes. I’m sorry but bikes are, and will always be, our first love and you really shouldn’t expect that to change.
4. If we’re around, we’re late
In the market for a gentleman? Someone looking to impress you with punctuality, chivalry, and dependability? Try someone else. Bikers will generally arrive late with dirt covered clothes, full of apologies and clutching a bouquet of pre-wrapped, ruffled up roses that they picked up at the market on the way over.
5. We don’t have (much) money
We might have enough for a beer and a burger, or maybe even a movie. But we are usually even struggling to make our rent and pay our monthly bills. And what money we do manage to save goes into buying parts for our bikes or getting it serviced.
6. Don’t expect to talk about anything but bikes
“Honey, I’m sure you had a rough day at the office. But let me tell you about the move this jackass on the road tried to pull on my way over here!” If you were hoping to discuss Game of Thrones or gossip about some celebrity, consider yourself out of luck. Bikers are good listeners, as long as you’re talking about bikes. Otherwise, we’re likely to be nodding and sighing and not paying much attention at all.
7. Not all scars are cool
You’ve probably heard the adage “chicks dig scars” and it might be true, in some cases. The truth is that not all scars are cool and some of them are downright disgusting. Ever seen a butt scar? Enough said.
8. We all think we’re cool. Only some of us are
Simply riding a bike doesn’t make your guy/girl a catch. Sure, we might look cool in our leather jackets and tattered jeans but looks only go so far. Unless you’re prepared to deal with all the stuff mentioned above, we suggest you select your partner based on more than their preferred mode of transportation.
Tell us why your bike does or does not make you dateable in the comments below. If you do manage to find someone who is attracted to bikers, you can always rent the coolest bikes from Wheelstreet at very affordable rates. Happy Riding!
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