I love my motorcycle dearly; there's a lot of fun involved in riding and working on my bike. The thing that I realized quickly after learning to ride is that there's a lot of work required for a motorcycle. I have to take care of my bike, keep it clean and ride it often. I can't let it sit for too long. I also have to ride often to keep my skills sharp and to avoid fear.
All these feelings are the same as when I asked my parents for my first dog. My parents didn't discourage me from getting a dog, but they made sure that I knew of the responsibilities involved. My Mom and Dad don't ride motorcycles so they only knew the danger factor involved in riding a bike. Of course, there is a dangerous side to riding that I realized before getting a bike. But, I learned a while ago that risk is relative and the risk of riding is worth the freedom it allows.
I've loved motorcycles for a long time, but I'm still fairly new to the world of riding and ownership. So I'm learning that a basic knowledge of bike maintenance is an absolute necessity. This is also true of pet ownership. You don't have to be a veterinarian to own a dog, but you have to know how to feed, walk and care for your dog. The same is true of motorcycles; you don't have to be a mechanic to ride a bike, but a basic knowledge of motorcycle functionality is required.
I'm grateful for every day that I get to ride and I'm learning new things every day. There's been setbacks and the learning curve is pretty steep, but that's all part of the journey.