“You see things vacationing on a motorcycle in a way that is completely different from any other. In a car you’re always in a compartment, and because you’re used to it you don’t realize that through that car window everything you see is just more TV. 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. That concrete whizzing by five inches below your foot is the real thing, the same thing you walk on, it’s right there, so blurred you can’t focus on it, yet you can put your foot down and touch it anytime, and the whole thing, the whole experience, is never removed from immediate consciousness”
“The Buddha resides as comfortably in the circuits of a digital computer or the gears of a cycle transmission as he does at the top of a mountain, or in the petals of a flower.”
Robert M. Pirsig (Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance)
“Sometimes in life you’ve got to dance like nobody’s watching”.
Tony Hawks (Round Ireland with a Fridge)
“Time is of the essence and I am very short of essence”
in a letter to Neil Ewart shortly before he died on Arkley golf course. He crashed his Piper Aztec into it in 1975.