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post #1 of 6 Old 07-23-2011, 05:15 PM Thread Starter
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Zen & The Art of MM

I have heard of a great read called Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance... has anyone here read it and care to share your thoughts about it?
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post #2 of 6 Old 07-23-2011, 05:26 PM
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It is way more about philosophy than MCs or MC maintenance. If you like reading about philosophy, you will like it. If not, you won't. Everyone likes the first couple chaps. Check my sig line for a good quote from Mr. Pirsig.




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post #3 of 6 Old 07-23-2011, 06:31 PM
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What Lockjaw said...

Good book..hard to follow the first time through, better the second time.
The key word is "Zen" ie: Philosophy

If you like the existential quest for the perception of quality, this is the book for you.

This book was required reading at my high school years ago.
Good book though, true story.

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The only Zen you can find on the tops of mountains is the Zen you bring up there.
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post #4 of 6 Old 07-23-2011, 08:12 PM
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Tried, really TRIED, to like this book, but failed, utterly FAILED, in this effort!

Best wishes to anyone who reads it, I hope you enjoy it and benefit from the experience.

Seemed terribly pretentiious and self-serving, to me. No student of philosophy, I'm incompetent to judge the concepts illuminated, but . . . I suspect the logic presented more of the peyote/magic mushroom/LSD variety than conventional philosophic analysis.

Regardless, I confess: My own best-seller has yet to be published! Zen (and all that) is a very successful and popular book, I do not resent the author's success. Yet, I fall on my knees, thankful I was never ASSIGNED the thing to read! On my own, I got through about half; if you make it all the way through, please share your impression!
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As others have stated, little about MC maintenance other than the value of doing it yourself, versus how hi traveling partner always paid someone and didn't understand anything about the machine. I have read it on 3 occasions. There is a long, deep, section on quality that can cause you to close it. The description the writers shares of riding cross-country with his son, through all types of weather, describing the natural wonders was inspirational to me. There is a lot the book has to offer, if your mind is in the right state.

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post #6 of 6 Old 07-24-2011, 01:24 AM
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I suspect the logic presented more of the peyote/magic mushroom/LSD variety than conventional philosophic analysis.
I dont think it was anything to do with drugs, more like the frontal lobotomy he had done to him after he lost his mind staring at the wall for a week.

None the less, your right, he was on a diffrent brainwave than anyone else.

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