Perspective Change. - Kawasaki KLR 650 Forum
Never let your guard down This forum is for discussions on close calls and other safety issues.

LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
post #1 of 1 Old 01-21-2009, 03:07 PM Thread Starter
Lockjaw's Avatar
Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: Benicia, CA
Posts: 6,750
Perspective Change.

I spent a lot of long hot, unarmored days on the back of my grandpa's Hog when I was a kid. Used to scare the crap out of me. I remember loving the motorcycle, but hating looking down and seeing the ground rush by. He also used to do stupid shit like get up to 100mph and take both hands off and lean back against me for what seemed like years to "prove" how great the bike/cruise control was.

Anyway, funny that I end up riding. I am rambling, but I'm getting there. I ride in San Francisco a LOT. Pretty crazy city to ride in. I always wear gear now, but sometimes I find myself doing stupid things (lane-splitting, being overly aggressive/fast). And I always reach the realization that I have much more fun when I treat the ride/motorcycle as something to be perfected. When I am in traffic hauling ass (btw, I'm tame compared to many) and everything is crazy, I am not making clean shifts. My turns aren't crisp. I have much more fun when I chill out, still fully aware, and concentrate on making my interactions with the machine as fluid and perfect as possible. I kind of think of it like this. Martial arts are beautiful because they are about mastery, control, and stored energy. Motorcycling can be the same. Banging through the city or pushing the envelope too far are, in my mind, akin to two six year olds fighting. I know this is a restatement of things that many people have said, but I think it bears repeating. I'd much rather be a zen master than a street brawler. I just have to remind myself that sometimes.

"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." R. Pirsig

PPMC #1.
Soon, we ride.

AKA JD Mader or you can call me "Dan" just not early for dinner.

Click my handle for a link to my homepage/blog...which has nothing to do with MCs. Free literature and music! Viva La Revolucion!
2008 KLR 650
RIP DM - Soon, we ride.
Lockjaw is offline  
Sponsored Links

Quick Reply

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the Kawasaki KLR 650 Forum forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

User Name:
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:


Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page
Display Modes
Linear Mode Linear Mode

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
oil change YANKEES6161 KLR & Other Motorcycle Related Discussion 13 11-03-2008 08:43 PM
seat change from 07 to 08? k2trcs KLR & Other Motorcycle Related Discussion 6 10-01-2008 08:04 PM
Helmet for new rider and perspective KLR owner Spartan24 Bike and Rider Gear 5 02-09-2008 10:14 PM
Power change Gitrdun 1987 to 2007 Wrenching & Mods 3 08-06-2007 08:57 PM
Big Life Change Came and..... Swish The Off Topic Lounge 10 07-26-2007 09:22 PM

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome