You don't get to choose your genotype, so I blame it for my instant desire to know by experience what it's like to ride every motorcycle I see if it's new to me. (Same goes for cars and airplanes, but that's another story.) That's one reason why I like to read first-hand accounts of riders who rode hardware in different times. Take the stories of guys who rode as dispatch (or if you're British, "despatch") riders in wartime. What was it like, especially back in, say, 1914, when all forms of motorized transportation were still new, and everyone from back-garden tinkerers to degreed engineers was pushing the boundaries of what could be done with their contemporary technology?