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Becoming a motorcyclist...

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...was the best decision of my life, and I was fortunate enough to make it early. Notice I said "motorcyclist," and not "biker." I don't collect, build, sit on, trailer or show "bikes." I ride motorcycles... long and hard and often.

A modern motorcycle, ridden correctly, is one of the most freedom enhancing machines ever devised by human beings.... continents, mountain ranges, deserts and plains.... they all go much better with a motorcycle! I am so thankful that I was given the freedom and opportunity to spend much of my life on a series of powerful and affordable bikes....

I was born free, lived free, and -- God willing -- I shall die free, and no one could ask more from life. Freedom is my most important, over-riding value, and nothing lends itself to freedom as much as a motorcycle.

The greatest impediments to human freedom? At least in this society? Are the restrictions and fears generated in your own mind.... Don't let your dying words be, "I wish I would have....." Regrets on the deathbed are to be avoided at all costs.

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Well said CJ:claps::claps:
Well said CJ. :thumbsup:

I have been fortunate enough to enjoy the freedom of the ride for several years now myself. My father introduced me to motorcycles at a young age as he started me out on dirt bikes. I've been riding motorcycles since I was 12 years old.
Started out on my 13th birthday my dad bought me a dirt bike, Mom had a fit but he told her he is like me who do you want to teach him to ride me or his friends. I'm 61 now truly I have put millions of miles on Motorcycles and wouldn't change anything. Most say you should die with your boots on me I would like to go sitting upright on the seat in the garage ( I don't want to hurt anyone) reving her up just one last time...
Motorcycling is one of several activities I've had the good fortune to be associated with, but someday when it's all said and done I believe it will be the people I've met along these several paths that have made them all worth while.
I can tell you've been around the block once or twice Mel, no-one pens words like that without Wisdom of years,it was good to read and a reminder to us Seniors and to the younger Folk here as well what this is all "Really about" Freedom.

47 years in the saddle here, but whose counting, its the ride that matters.Riding Motorcycles is like life,you never know whats around the next corner til you get there.
Could not have said it better!
Its like Sparky65 said " it's the ride that matters" whether it is your first or last!
Sometimes the 'getting there' is the best part of the trip.
Well said.
I have co-workers with 10 year old MC's with under 10k miles on them. What a waste. At least they do enjoy it on occasion, though I think they are missing a big part of the game.
I went for a 3900 mile ride a couple of weeks ago and noticed that the only bad roads were those that made me concentrate on the road and not on the ride. Long lonely stretches of road were the best because I could sit and think about the ride, the beauty the serenity....... Me and my Motorcycle......... The ride.....

I may have started late in life, but I suspect a motorcyclist regardless of ride time will die with the same smile on his or her face......

It is not the destination, it is the ride to get there that is important.

Nice piece of work that explains what this interest of ours is all about.
I especially liked the last line. Thought that myself many times.:claps:
Y'All sure talk purdy thar Cuzin Jack. You have, however, hit the motorcycle mind on the head (pun intended). As our powers that be reduce our freedoms in favor of security, it becomes more important each day to grab some semblance of that freedom whenever we can. I have been riding since I was 15 years old, and I, myself, built my first motorcycle to do it on. I have never put a bike into a show to see if I could win a prize for pretty. I do not wash my bikes as often as others think I should, but as I tell them, "I bought it to ride, not wash". I wash them often enough that dirt does not become a problem with the mechanical nature of the bike, and besides, God washes it once in a while. I ride as often and as long as I can, and love every minute of it. We live in an area of the world where the surroundings are as aesthetically pleasing as the ride. North America has been my playground. Thank you for your poetic words. They touched me where I live - in my motorcycle mind.


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