Motorbike Manners

November 9, 2007 at 1:53 pm 7 comments

I passed a man on a motorbike on my way to work this morning. This man was kindly giving his woman a lift to work behind him. Unfortunately this women had got dressed this morning without remembering that she would be on the back of a bike, and was wearing her very smart, but also very short, work skirt. Yup, you know the look, holding on tight with her skirt riding high, it’s a look we often see.

And I remembered the ladies* in India  who were either driving or on the back of their motorbikes in their saris. These ladies have perfected the art of riding a motorbike side saddle so as to maintain their dignity! And they are very talented at it – their roads are as bad as ours, their taxi drivers are as mad and they also have to dodge cows, yet they managed to sit their sedately, with their legs to one side while the bike twisted and turned all over the road at a rapid pace.

 Safety versus manners. Hard decision!

 *note that the Indians are ladies, not women…


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7 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Adrian  |  November 9, 2007 at 3:19 pm

    dropping off the bike while sitting to the side is more dangerous. I’d choose the safety first 😀

  • 2. Jamaipanese  |  November 10, 2007 at 12:58 am

    bike nuh dun mek…thats my jamaican proverb of the day

  • 3. mad bull  |  November 10, 2007 at 7:43 am

    Its a cultural thing, and our society doesn’t promote ladyhood. Thats just how it is.

  • 4. Stunner  |  November 10, 2007 at 5:32 pm

    It is actually a lot more dangerous to be riding on a bike side saddle and then it would be fun for us onlookers! 😉

  • 5. Stunner  |  November 10, 2007 at 5:34 pm

    The previous comment should have read:

    It is actually a lot more dangerous to be riding on a bike side saddle and then it would not be fun for us onlookers if the did ride side saddle in those long saris! 😉

  • 6. Irie Diva  |  November 12, 2007 at 1:08 pm

    segway to my sari post!

    but anyhoo i agree wid jpanese….naah ketch me pon a bike front, side or backways!

  • 7. Gela Words  |  November 12, 2007 at 10:19 pm

    Yeah, yeah, whatever, all I want to know is this – Can we exchange jobs for two years? 🙂


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