A motorcycle can be viewed as something more than merely a means of transportation. After all, most people who chose to ride motorcycles could just as easily drive a car. But a motorcycle can instill in its rider a sense of freedom that no car can provide. The reason for this is that riding a motorcycle affords those on board with direct contact with the elements. The motorcyclist is simply not encumbered by the enclosed environment found in a car.
But motorcyclists pay for their sense of freedom by being extremely vulnerable. That same exposure to the elements that feels so liberating while cruising down the road can become very dangerous if a rider is involved in a collision.