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That's all the motorcycle is, a system of concepts worked out in steel. ~Robert M. Pirsig, Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance


Most motorcycle problems are caused by the nut that connects the handlebars to the saddle. ~Author Unknown


Four wheels move the body. Two wheels move the soul. ~Author Unknown


Midnight bugs taste best. ~Author Unknown


You're the guy that'll be sneaking out of your bedroom at three o'clock in the morning to look at your bike. ~Paul Teutul, Sr., American Chopper, "Billy Joel"


It takes more love to share the saddle than it does to share the bed. ~Author Unknown


Bikes don't leak oil, they mark their territory. ~Author Unknown


Keep your bike in good repair: motorcycle boots are not comfortable for walking. ~Author Unknown


Faster, faster, faster, until the thrill of speed overcomes the fear of death. ~Hunter Thompson


The best alarm clock is sunshine on chrome. ~Author Unknown


And I to my motorcycle
Parked like the soul of the junkyard
Restored, a bicycle fleshed
With power, and tore off
Up Highway 106, continually
Drunk on the wind in my mouth,
Wringing the handlebar for speed,
Wild to be wreckage forever.
~James Dickey, "Cherrylog Road"


A motorcycle functions entirely in accordance with the laws of reason, and a study of the art of motorcycle maintenance is really a miniature study of the art of rationality itself. ~Robert M. Pirsig, Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance


What do you call a cyclist who doesn't wear a helmet? An organ donor. ~David Perry


If you don't ride in the rain, you don't ride. ~Author Unknown


Whatever it is, it's better in the wind. ~Author Unknown


Catching a yellow-jacket in your shirt at seventy miles per hour can double your vocabulary. ~Author Unknown


Life is too short for traffic. ~Dan Bellack


Work to ride and ride to work. ~Author Unknown


Burn rubber, not your soul, baby. ~Craig Fernandez and Reggie Bythewood, Biker Boyz


Patience is something you admire in the driver behind you and scorn in the one ahead. ~Mac McCleary


Remember folks, street lights timed for 35 mph are also timed for 70 mph. ~Jim Samuels


Only a biker knows why a dog sticks his head out of a car window. ~Author Unknown


People are more violently opposed to fur than leather because it's safer to harass rich women than motorcycle gangs. ~Author Unknown


Well-trained reflexes are quicker than luck. ~Author Unknown


Don't argue with an 18-wheeler. ~Author Unknown


Safety doesn't happen by accident. ~Author Unknown


Sometimes the best communication happens when you're on separate bikes. ~Author Unknown


When you're riding lead, don't spit. ~Author Unknown


Maintenance is as much art as it is science. ~Author Unknown


Safety is a cheap and effective insurance policy. ~Author Unknown


Never ride faster than your guardian angel can fly. ~Author Unknown


I drive way too fast to worry about cholesterol. ~Author Unknown


Two-lane blacktop isn't a highway - it's an attitude. ~Author Unknown


Accidents hurt - safety doesn't. ~Author Unknown


If you ride like there's no tomorrow, there won't be. ~Author Unknown


Keep the paint up, and the rubber down! ~Author Unknown


Everyone crashes. Some get back on. Some don't. Some can't. ~Author Unknown


Life may begin at 30, but it doesn't get real interesting until about 150. ~Author Unknown
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Especially need to stay everything concentrated when you ride because its dangerous, its dangerous not only you, but to all the fucking idiots on the car. - Valentino Rossi

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Someone forwarded me a long, almost essay-ish bit on motorcycles, and one line stayed with me (probably cause it describes my situation almost perfectly):

"They stamp that 'M' on your drivers license, right next to your height and weight, as if it was just another one of your physical characteristics... or perhaps a mental condition."

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Season of the Bike
By Dave Karlotski

There is cold, and there is cold on a motorcycle. Cold on a motorcycle is like being beaten with coldhammers while being kicked with cold boots, a bone bruising cold. The wind's big hands squeeze the heat out of my body and whisk it away; caught in a cold October rain, the drops don't even feel like water. They feel like shards of bone fallen from the skies of Hell to pock my face. I expect to arrive with my cheeks and forehead streaked with blood, but that's just an illusion, just the misery of nerves not designed for highway speeds.


Despite this, it's hard to give up my motorcycle in the fall and I rush to get it on the road again in the spring; lapses of sanity like this are common among motorcyclists. When you let a motorcycle into your life you're changed forever. The letters "MC" are stamped on your driver's license right next to your sex and height as if "motorcycle" was just another of your physical characteristics, or maybe a mental condition.

But when warm weather finally does come around all those cold snaps and rainstorms are paid in full because a motorcycle summer is worth any price. A motorcycle is not just a two-wheeled car; the difference between driving a car and climbing onto a motorcycle is the difference between watching TV and actually living your life. We spend all our time sealed in boxes and cars are just the rolling boxes that shuffle us languidly from home-box to work-box to store-box and back, the whole time entombed in stale air, temperature regulated, sound insulated, and smelling of carpets.

On a motorcycle I know I'm alive. When I ride, even the familiar seems strange and glorious. The air has weight and substance as I push through it and its touch is as intimate as water to a swimmer. I feel the cool wells of air that pool under trees and the warm spokes of sunlight that fall through them. I can see everything in a sweeping 360 degrees, up, down and around, wider than PanaVision and higher than IMAX and unrestricted by ceiling or dashboard.

Sometimes I even hear music. It's like hearing phantom telephones in the shower or false doorbells when vacuuming; the pattern-loving brain, seeking signals in the noise, raises acoustic ghosts out of the wind's roar. But on a motorcycle I hear whole songs: rock 'n roll, dark orchestras, women's voices, all hidden in the air and released by speed.

At 30 miles an hour and up, smells become uncannily vivid. All the individual tree-smells and flower-smells and grass-smells flit by like chemical notes in a great plant symphony. Sometimes the smells evoke memories so strongly that it's as though the past hangs invisible in the air around me, wanting only the most casual of rumbling time machines to unlock it. A ride on a summer afternoon can border on the rapturous. The sheer volume and variety of stimuli is like a bath for my nervous system, an electrical massage for my brain, a systems check for my soul. It tears smiles out of me: a minute ago I was dour, depressed, apathetic, numb, but now, on two wheels, big, ragged, windy smiles flap against the side of my face, billowing out of me like air from a decompressing plane. Transportation is only a secondary function. A motorcycle is a joy machine. It's a machine of wonders, a metal bird, a motorized prosthetic. It's light and dark and shiny and dirty and warm and cold lapping over each other; it's a conduit of grace, it's a catalyst for bonding the gritty and the holy.

I still think of myself as a motorcycle amateur, but by now I've had a handful of bikes over a half dozen years and slept under my share of bridges. I wouldn't trade one second of either the good times or the misery. Learning to ride was one of the best things I've done.

Cars lie to us and tell us we're safe, powerful, and in control. The air-conditioning fans murmur empty assurances and whisper, "Sleep, sleep." Motorcycles tell us a more useful truth: we are small and exposed, and probably moving too fast for our own good, but that's no reason not to enjoy every minute of the ride.

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My favorite Rossi quote:

"I try to have a different relationship with the bike. I don't give it a name, but I always speak with it. I don't know if the other riders do the same. This is not only a piece of metal - there is a soul."
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Someone forwarded me a long, almost essay-ish bit on motorcycles, and one line stayed with me (probably cause it describes my situation almost perfectly):

"They stamp that 'M' on your drivers license, right next to your height and weight, as if it was just another one of your physical characteristics... or perhaps a mental condition."

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That's very cool, and very well said. My favorite sentence, which I plan to quote to others, is: "the difference between driving a car and climbing onto a motorcycle is the difference between watching TV and actually living your life." +1!

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"If you can read this, the bitch fell..." Uh, wait, sorry, probably not the right forum...

I hope I didn't miss it if it was already post it, but "to finish first, you must first finish." I find myself saying that each and everytime someone smarts off "don't brake until you see God" to me...
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Driving a car is like watching a movie, riding a motorcycle is like starring in one!
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Two of my favorites:

Dress for the crash not the ride...

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Someone forwarded me a long, almost essay-ish bit on motorcycles, and one line stayed with me (probably cause it describes my situation almost perfectly):

"They stamp that 'M' on your drivers license, right next to your height and weight, as if it was just another one of your physical characteristics... or perhaps a mental condition."

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I like this part:

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Sometimes I even hear music. It's like hearing phantom telephones in the shower or false doorbells when vacuuming; the pattern-loving brain, seeking signals in the noise, raises acoustic ghosts out of the wind's roar. But on a motorcycle I hear whole songs: rock 'n roll, dark orchestras, women's voices, all hidden in the air and released by speed.

When I don't have my MP3 player going, I still hear music from the bike. Sometimes I think it's singing to me. Such a sweet song...
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My favorite is from The Song of the Sausage Creature:

“Some people will tell you that slow is good - and it may be, on some days - but I am here to tell you that fast is better. I've always believed this, in spite of the trouble it's caused me. Being shot out of a cannon will always be better than being squeezed out of a tube. That is why God made fast motorcycles, Bubba....”
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This is a great thread.



Lightly we turned, through wet woods blossom-hung,
Into the open. Down the supernal roads,
With plumes a-tossing, purple flags far flung,
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