Sunday, April 29, 2018

Motorcycling: Lifestyle or hobby

I read an article on men’s hobbies this morning and motorcycling was mentioned. I sure do enjoy the motorbike lifestyle. I’ve met some of my favorite people on bikes.

Whether riding cross-country or tinkering in the garage, plenty of men enjoy being a motorcyclist. This hobby is sure to reward its practitioner in more than just gas mileage and technical knowledge, though — books like Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance and Shop Class as Soulcraft argue for the many mental and philosophical benefits of motorcycling as well:

“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.” — Robert Pirsig, Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance