That feeling of pure joy after a long ride, something every motorcyclist can relate to. The reason we feel so happy is pretty simple; every twist of the wrist releases adrenaline which, in turn, releases endorphins. These ‘feel good’ hormones improve our mood, increase pleasure and minimize pain.
So, endorphins give us that joyous feeling but, after a ride, there’s also that sense of relief, like a weight has been lifted.
This is similar to mindfulness meditation: Body position, speed, road position – on a motorcycle you’re constantly analyzing and adjusting depending on the situation. This ties us into the present moment, and means our minds have no room for worries about money, jobs or any other day-to-day problems.
You’re fully engaged while riding. This is why your mind is like a blank slate when you throw your leg off after a long ride.