Oh, yes, motorcycles are here. Admittedly they are often loud, often destructive, often dangerous to those who ride them. Steve McQueen, who has raced sports cars with facility and success, and whose 1963 movie The Great Escape accelerated the popularity of dirt racing on motorcycles, has thought long and hard on the subject of the bike's future. "As transportation, the motorcycle doesn't work," he concludes. "Too dangerous. I'd never choose to ride one on the street. You're helpless. But as sport it is just plain splendid. There is not the high fatality rate you find in cars. Like, when you hit the wall at 200 mph you might as well forget about the cash in the policy. But when you make a mistake with a motorcycle, you feel it, you remember it and possibly you don't make the same mistake again. Possibly. I mean, dirt is forgiving of mistakes. Dirt racing, off-road racing like the Baja, is an experience everyone could enjoy, though only a few can really succeed at it. And that's cool, too. O.K., maybe you get a bit dingy during the Baja—you start seeing purple deer bounding along next to you. Yeah, ha! But it's better than smoking dope. Better than trying to live inside your head and imagining adventures. And even when you wrap up the bike into a tight little ball you haven't destroyed that much property, you haven't taken too many lives, and you can always try to do it right the next time."
And if you do it right, you're a leader. In our own solar system.