Why I Ride: Meet a Man with Motorcycles in His Blood

Meet Matt Work in the latest video from Esurance and find out how he ended up with motorcycles in his veins.

Some guys* know a motorcycle is more than a motorcycle and a road is more than dirt and gravel. They know every back road and alley, every side street in town. They know it’s not always about the destination, and they know exactly how much fun you can have between Point A and Point B.

Some guys know what it’s like to have bugs in your teeth and dust from the road in your hair. They know there’s more to life than heated seats and a couple of cup holders. Some guys know adventure has 2 wheels and handlebars and everything can revolve around that machine.

Matt Work is one of those guys. Owner of Piston & Chain motorcycle club in San Francisco, California, Matt’s obsession with motorcycles began while putting through cornfields as a kid. Then, one day, he felt that tire hook up on asphalt … and there’s been no looking back since.

Meet Matt in the latest video from Esurance and find out how he ended up with motorcycles in his blood.

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Motorcycle music

If you’re lovin’ the music from our “Why I Ride” video, you’re not alone. The Sam Chase is a San Francisco band that won Best Singer-Songwriter in the SF Bay Guardian’s Best Of The Bay Readers Poll 2013. Check out their video for Perfect World.

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*Some girls know this too. And we salute all you motorcycle mamas out there.

13 Responses to “Why I Ride: Meet a Man with Motorcycles in His Blood”

  1. Richard
    November 14, 2013 #

    Thanks for the video….keep them coming

  2. John Mathesius
    November 20, 2013 #

    Excellent, couldn't say it better myself

  3. Richard Nevills
    November 27, 2013 #

    A reminder that when you are on a motorcycle, you are never lost, you are just exploring a new road.

  4. Gary Roth
    February 15, 2014 #

    He's right! We're only here for a little while. Two of the guys I traveled with are now gone. I'm 79 and couldn't do it today but, still vividly remember those trips we all took. Wouldn't have it any other way.

  5. KayGB
    February 17, 2014 #

    Statistically, motorcycles make life go by just that little bit quicker. This is a bit of a drawback so that's why I've stopped at 36 of them haha.

  6. BeverlyandDennis Drew
    February 20, 2014 #

    I am 71 and have 4 Honda V65 Magnas, a Suzuki Bergman 650, a Honda trail 110. I can barely mount the V 65's any more! Love the 650 Bergman scooter – fully automatic and made like a girls bicycle so I can get on and off! Go up and down the California coast for a ride and sometimes when I want the taste of death, Malibu Canyon Road. Mainly the fear there is other riders on pocket rockets going way too fast.

    • rodney wallace
      August 13, 2014 #

      like to c pictures of your v65 used to have one.

  7. gregory
    May 26, 2014 #

    im 65 and been rideing a long time have a bmw r 1100r road bike and have covered a lot of ground , on it still enjoy it a lot ………ride safe

  8. Larry
    June 1, 2014 #

    My road king was for sale, just took it off the market.

  9. leon foonman
    June 20, 2014 #

    But motorcycles scare responsible people in their cars. they should have to follow the same rules as the rest of us. Seatbelts, airbags, and no sneaking in between lanes!

    • bob
      June 20, 2014 #

      people in volvos scare people on cycles they always drive like they have some extra entitlement to the right of way and too bad i ride just to split lanes make them wear helmets and nascar neck braces cause it's bumper sticker world out there and "STUFF"happens

  10. carl vagg
    July 23, 2014 #

    lifelong honda motorcyclist [66 yesterday] past 2 yrs daily ride honda cbr250r
    [with a few mods].. life is indeed a brief candle.. of those fortunate enough
    to have found motorcycles beyond toys and become real motorcyclists
    this bloke and his trusty BMW R75 are a small window into that reality..

  11. steve-o
    August 13, 2014 #

    Hey Leon, are you saying motorcyclist are not responsible? well they are in fact more responsible then most drivers they have to be because their life is on the line whenever they are near a car, and when motorcyclist drive their cars they are more responsible and have better driving skills than non riders. Also when a rider is coming up on a red stop light splitting the lanes, the rider is doing this because it is the safest way to ride, a rider doesn't want to sit back at the end of a line of cars because a car can right up behind them and rear end them and so they choose to be in a place protected by other stopped cars where there is no way of getting rear ended. Its also safer for a bike to be traveling a little bit faster than the flow of car traffic so they can get out in front of a pack of cars and so they wont be sitting in a drivers blind spot. And a rider should never come up on a red light while splitting traffic and then when rolling up between the front cars just gas it out into the intersection when the light turns green because a driver could just barely be making the yellow legally and in a rider jumps the green the driver will have a good chance of hitting the rider. And until you know what riding a motorcycle is all about don't spread your opinion about what you think they are ..thank you

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