UCLA study says motorcycling reduces stress, increases alertness
funded by Harley-Davidson
On average, riding a motorcycle for 20 minutes increased participants heart rates by 11 percent and adrenaline levels by 27 percent, similar to light exercise.
Changes in the riders’ brain activity suggested an increase in alertness similar to drinking a cup of coffee.
Sensory focus was enhanced while riding, versus driving a car, meaning that riders were more alert to what was going on around them.
On the bike, many riders say they tune out anything that’s not relevant to the road. The study, which used electroencephalogram equipment to measure brain activity, seemed to validate that point.