Around the time of the TT, The New York Times did several nice pieces on the Isle of Man race, its people, culture, history, and how it survives. The primary piece started with death, running the totals from 1907 to now. For a mainstream publication written for the bulk of citizens who are non-riders, running the death toll is probably the right way to begin, and certainly the story searched for understanding and was beautifully presented. But as motorcycle enthusiasts and riders, we have already made the decision to take risk that most others do not, and even if we never race the Isle of Man or do 180 mph on a racetrack, just by making the decision to ride, we have taken a step closer to understanding the motivation of a TT rider. We also have a taste of the joy that comes from doing something difficult well enough to survive and even thrive.