If you wish to "Try before you buy" go to your local range or rod and gun club, or find a friend who has what you are looking to buy. Offer to spring for the ammo and set up a time and place to try it out. I have never passed up some range time, especially when another person is splitting the ammo cost. all of the folks I shoot with have the same mindset.
If I have to explain why I ride, you wouldn't understand. Explaining sex to an alien would be easier than explaining the feeling, one that boils all that is going on in your life down to what really matters each time you are in The Wind. All I can say is, Life is not Life without it.