Motorbiking and Mental Health


Five Surprising Health Benefits of Motorcycle Riding - Slipstreamer

Ever heard the expression “free your mind, and the rest will follow?” Well, the adage may as well be applied to the long-term benefits of a healthy relationship with motorcycle riding. Don’t take our word for it, just consider how the positive benefits of regularly riding a motorcycle begin with the brain.

Benefit #1 – Increase Your Brain Power on a Motorcycle

Benefit #2 – Improve Your Mental Health With Motorcycle Riding

Benefit #3 – Enhance Your Core Strength and Stability by Motorcycle Riding

Benefit #4 – Don’t Skip Leg Day – Ride a Motorcycle

Benefit #5 – Burn More Calories – Motorcycles are a Total Body Workout

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This Is Your Brain On A Motorcycle - B.I.C

Riding a motorcycle every day might actually keep your brain functioning at peak condition, or so says a study conducted by the University of Tokyo. The study demonstrated that riders between the age of 40 and 50 were shown to improve their levels of cognitive functioning, compared to a control group, after riding their motorcycles daily to their workplace for a mere two months.
Scientists believe that the extra concentration needed to successfully operate a motorcycle can contribute to higher general levels of brain function, and it’s that increase in activity that’s surely a contributing factor to the appeal of the motorcycles as transportation. It’s the way a ride on a bike turns the simplest journey into a challenge to the senses that sets the motorcyclist apart from the everyday commuter. While the typical car-owning motorist is just transporting him or her self from point A to point B, the motorcyclist is actually transported into an entirely different state of consciousness .
Riding a motorcycle is all about entrance into an exclusive club where the journey actually is the destination.

Dr Ryuta Kawashima, author of Dr Kawashima’s Brain Training: How Old Is Your Brain, reported the outcome of his study of “The relationship between motorcycle riding and the human mind.”

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Research Findings on the Relationship Between Motorcycle Riding and Brain Stimulation - Dr Kawashima

Yamaha Motor Co., Ltd. has been involved in joint research on the relationship between motorcycle riding and brain stimulation with Ryuta Kawashima Laboratory of the Department of Functional Brain Imaging, Institute of Development, Aging and Cancer at Tohoku University (Address: 2-1-1 Katahira, Aoba Ward, Sendai City, Miyagi Prefecture) as of May 2008. We are now pleased to announce the findings of this research.

Through this research, the relationship between motorcycle riding and brain stimulation has been verified as follows:

1)When riding a motorcycle, the brain of the rider is stimulated.

2)Differences in brain use and level of brain stimulation can be observed in motorcyclists who ride regularly and in motorcyclists who have not ridden for extended periods (at least 10 years).

3)Incorporating motorcycle riding into daily life improves various cognitive functions (particularly prefrontal cortex functions) and has positive effects on mental and emotional health such as stress reduction.

Drawing from its expertise and technology in neuroscience, Kawashima Laboratory conducts research to maintain and improve human brain and cognitive functions through external stimulation or psychological processes. The ultimate goal of this research is to realize a "smart aging society" in which people will be able to live fulfilling, healthy lives. This was the intention behind the current experiment.