On to the freeway now, dodging the traffic on the inside lane over the brow of the Anzac Bridge and down the other side, blue water twinkling below, white boates bobbing about on the surface. I loved this part of the journey, flat out…weaving between the cars and lorries. – Nathan Miliward, from The Long Ride Home
“Motorcycles bring people together. Motorcycles are like being naked. Just as everyone exists on the same level naked, riding one unites you with other riders, whether they be mechanics or stock brokers, professors or construction workers… The sensation of being on a motorcyle embodies what we’re all seeking in life. Freedom.” — From the International Journal of Motorcycle Studies
“If the wind does you good, you’re welcome with us.” – Anonymous
“I was rocketing through the New Mexico desert’s pre-dawn light. My only source of company and comfort in this dark and desolate landscape was the machine I was astride. The big Suzuki was howling at the wide-open throttle, singing in ecstasy at doing what it was created for.” – Daniel Meyer from Life On The Road, The Soul Is A Motorcycle
“There’s something about going riding with your friends–a feeling of freedom, a feeling of joy– that really can’t be put into words. It can only be fully shared by someone who’s done it.” — Bruce Brown, from On Any Sunday
Motorcycle riders are motion addicts. And only other riders truly understand this affliction. — James Hesketh, from Riding A Straight and Twisty Road
“While riding in a car, you’re a passive observer and it is all moving by you boringly in a frame… On a cycle the frame is gone. You’re completely in contact with it all. You’re in the scene, not just watching it anymore, and the sense of presence is overwhelming.” — Robert M. Pirsig
“Most of it was just good, clean fun, like drinking beer all night and standing up on the seat of your motorcycle, drunk and without a helmet, at three o’clock in the morning, while you blew every light on the Hempstead Turnpike.” – John Hall, from Riding On The Edge
This photo was from the East Coast Sturgis motorcycle rally. They actually do a motorcycle demolition derby and it’s as crazy as it sounds. If this sounds like a better time than whatever you’re doing now, the fun is out there to be had.
“We are individualists, but also a sociable lot. You can be big, small, black, white, gay, straight, Martian, blue-eyed, green-eyed, long-haired, short-haired, abled, disabled, cat loving, dog loving, or what not. If you’re on a motorcycle, you’re welcome anywhere.” – Barbara Ann Mahoney, Letter To The Editor, The New York Times.
I’m pretty sure this is the day I decided to jack it all in and head off on my motorcycle…Most of all I wanted to be moving along, to always be going somewhere. It’s as old as mankind, the urge to roam, but when you get it and succumb to it, for a fleeting moment you kind of feel like you invented it. – Lois Pryce, from Lois On The Loose