When it comes to motorcycle videos on The Tube That is You, there seem to be three basic types: slick, professionally produced video magazines; pompous, macho posturing designed to inflate the maker’s own ego; and clueless idiots saying nothing accurate or important while walking in circles, pointing a cell phone at a parked bike. In the midst of this landscape, Cager On Two Wheels is as welcome as a fresh, cool breeze. I love this guy, and I know a whole bunch of other motorcyclists who do, too.
What makes this video blooger from Portugal so great is not that he knows everything there is to know about the bikes he rides, but that he makes no bones about what he knows and doesn’t know about bikes and riding. His latest video on learning to wheelie is one example of that, but you can pick nearly any of his YouTube videos and be entertained by his low-key, friendly, infectious manner. He’s extremely unpretentious, yet very comfortable expressing his likes and dislikes without feeling the need to be defensive or apologetic. He rides bikes and talks about them, period; there’s no aggrandizement of himself or the bikes he rides. He’s the Internet’s Everyman on a motorcycle (or sometimes, a scooter) —an ordinary rider with an extraordinary enthusiasm for just getting out and riding. He’s the virtual equivalent of that friendly, eager riding buddy who knocks on your door at 8 AM Saturday morning and gets you to go for a ride. If I ever get to Portugal, I am going to look this guy up go have a beer with him.