Originally posted by Rogue_Biker
Interesting Smeg. Here in America, a biker is treated either as a novelty item or a nuisance. Rarely ever as an equal.
Here in Northern Ireland, it's pretty cool due to the road race scene. Over in Britain I have heard & read of bikers being turned away from pubs etc. just because they choose to ride bikes.
Europeans start out early (aprox. 14 y.o.) riding scooters & small bikes so there is an acceptance of all things two wheeled.
Also with the southern regions of Europe having better weather for most of the year, the motorcycle doesn't dissappear come winter. This and the heritage & culture promotes an equal understanding between road users & the general population.
I love riding round the battlefields of France (Somme, Normandy etc.) as the roads are good, sights are awesome & the people friendly.
If you ever get the chance to come over to this side of the pond, Do It !
Here's a pic. of the Canadian trenches at Vimy Ridge. I spent a couple of weeks touring round this historical area this summer.