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Re: Motorcycle Quote of the Day
« Reply #2725 on: January 11, 2019, 11:12:29 AM »
It's a beautiful Sunday afternoon. My bike is running great. The scenery is sublime. And I've just reached my destination: The Middle of Nowhere, aka Parts Unknown, etc. I'm utterly lost in virginal territory uncharted in my own mind, totally unfamiliar and devoid of any recognizable landmarks except for the sun's trusty arc across the azure dome above. Ahhhh... I can relax now. Like most arrivals, this one brings with it a sense of accomplishment and relief. I think I'll take a few minutes to congratulate myself at that pull-off by the stream up ahead.
Getting here wasn't easy. I have to go farther and farther afield each time to cross the line into that neighbouring State of Confusion. In order to complete the journey, I have to leave my GPS at home (or at least in the bottom of my tank bag), along with any maps or notes I might be tempted to glance at along the way. I must deliberately shut off my brain the moment I catch myself automatically analyzing my heading: Hmmm... didn't that last turn just change my horizon from north to- DON'T FINISH THAT THOUGHT! And when I'm tempted to wander over and check out some vista or half-noticed signpost I think I might recognize, I have to force my eyes back to the pavement in front of me and spare no glance in that alluring direction. Achieving ignorance requires considerable self-discipline.
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Re: Motorcycle Quote of the Day
« Reply #2726 on: January 12, 2019, 09:55:07 AM »
I came across this while cleaning up this week. It's a great story.Have you read it Biggles ?

 
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Re: Motorcycle Quote of the Day
« Reply #2727 on: January 12, 2019, 02:17:47 PM »
"How'd ya hurt your shoulder? Oh, you wrecked on a motorcycle? Friend of mine had one of them things. Ran underneath a train at 350 mph with his wife and kids on the back. All of 'em burst into flames and died instantly. Killed some people who weren't even there when it happened. They're still finding pieces of that motor scooter all the way across the state line. You'd never catch me on one of them things. Death traps, I tell you! Where'd you crash? On a racetrack? Are you crazy? Foolish thing to do a man your age out racing around on a suicide machine like an irresponsible teenager! Did I tell you a friend of mine had one of them things? Got run over by a Greyhound bus in his own driveway. Broke every bone in his body. Terrible thing! Nurse friend of mine says the same thing happens to somebody in town every eleven minutes. What? You wanna go back again? What are you, some kind of daredevil or just plain stupid? Didn't you learn your lesson? Did I mention a friend of mine had one of them things... ?"
We've all heard the stories. It seems that everyone who hears you ride a motorcycle always knows someone somewhere who had some hair-raising, awful crash that either prevented the person from ever riding again or convinced the rider and all of his or her friends, neighbours, and relatives that motorcycling is the most surefire way to incur every extensive physical injury known to man.
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Re: Motorcycle Quote of the Day
« Reply #2728 on: January 13, 2019, 01:22:25 PM »
But the typical anti-motorcyclist's anxieties aren't about risk, damage, and injury; they're about missing out on life. You see, they need to reassure themselves that taking chances always ends in disaster; this is the justification for all of the "safe" conventions they've adopted. Never mind all the lost opportunities for enriching experiences, important discoveries about one's own abilities and limits, or the bonds that form between people who face challenges together- what they want is certainty, safety, and security. As if these really exist.
The only guarantee in life is death. Risk is everywhere, all the time; it is simply a part of life. To spend one's life eradicating risk is to hurry death, not avoid it. People can be dead long before they die. If something can be said about motorcyclists as a group, it's that we understand that security is an illusion. This doesn't mean all things are equally dangerous or that we should arbitrarily disregard potential consequences. And it doesn't mean that we face risks without fear (as an analysis of the aforementioned dinner conversation easily reveals). But it does mean that a respect for danger can allow the pursuit of wondrous and exotic pleasures with a minimum of cost.
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Re: Motorcycle Quote of the Day
« Reply #2729 on: January 14, 2019, 10:08:27 AM »
There's no doubt something about the intrepid spirit that compels people to ride motorcycles in the first place that also prompts them to pick up spanners and start pulling things apart. I recall quite vividly a revelation that came to me as a child: whatever had been assembled could also be disassembled. A whole new world opened up to me at that point- a kind of "inner space" where hidden mechanisms hid and produced the results observable from the outside. Sometimes devices even survived my explorations of their innards and lived to work again!
So it was that my first motorcycle received the same treatment that so many things before it had received- I took apart everything that I could with the tools in my possession. The bike was only a few months old when my parents gasped in horror at finding its barely recognisable components scattered across the entire back porch. Eventually I restored it to running condition, though not without replacing the carburettor and tolerating some of my parents' consternation about the assortment of left-over parts. Flash-forward fifteen years to a time when I lived in a second floor apartment and couldn't bear leaving my beloved full-sized sports bike outside for the winter. I took it apart in the parking lot and carried everything up to my spare bedroom, where I carefully cleaned and reassembled everything.
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Re: Motorcycle Quote of the Day
« Reply #2730 on: January 15, 2019, 11:26:25 AM »
As others nearby notice and call attention to the ailing rider's accumulating absentminded mistakes, a second symptom is likely to emerge: irritability. This can, of course, develop without the criticism of friends, family, and coworkers, but it is much more likely to escalate when those surrounding the rider fail to take an appropriately sympathetic stance. Comments such as "What's the big deal? You'll be back on your little motorcycle in just a few more months," and "Get over it! I'm sick of you moping around here with your helmet on!" can lead to episodic fluctuations between murderous rage and despairing withdrawal. In contrast, carefully executed therapeutic interventions such as "There, there, dear- make yourself comfortable while I call your riding buddies over for another viewing of 'On Any Sunday'" or "Hey, what were we thinking, putting all that money away for retirement? Let's pick out a new bike instead!" can go a long way toward soothing the ill-tempered rider and helping him or her remain calm until circumstances become more favourable for recovering from Garage Fever.
Sometimes, a rider can employ palliative treatments in the form of alternative, motorcycle-like diversions, such as snowmobiling in the winter or Jet-Skiing in the summer. While certainly inferior to the experience of riding motorcycles, these activities allow the tortured rider symptomatic relief.
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Re: Motorcycle Quote of the Day
« Reply #2731 on: January 16, 2019, 10:34:09 AM »
If I'm going to go brave the dangers of riding a motorcycle, I want things done properly because my life may depend upon it. And here we catch a glimpse of the irrational, superstitious underpinnings of ritualism. At its deepest level, it is a denial of death.
Stating it in its raw form as I just did might provoke instant rebuttal, but stay with me for another minute. Ritual imposes order where there was chaos. Chaos is dangerous stuff. You never know what's going to happen. Human beings and uncertainty don't mix very well. The combination is volatile and produces anxiety. In small-to-moderate measures, within certain parameters, we call this excitement and deem it good. But genuine and pervasive uncertainty is a horrible thing and must be avoided at all cost.
Life is fundamentally rife with uncertainty and chaos. Your new house might be hit by a tornado. Your spouse could have cancer. A friend may betray you. Did I mention the fact that 'job security' is now an oxymoron for most people? It's true that surprises can be pleasant, too. But, given the choice, most folks opt for certainty even when that certainty is negative. Hope is a risky thing, too, you know.
By eliminating chaos, even on a very limited basis, ritual serves as something of an antidote for life's dangerously chaotic nature. It promotes a sense of power when people feel helpless. It offers the solace of a familiar rhythm when life feels alien and out of sync. And it transports us to a position of immortality by 'bettering our odds', realistically or unrealistically (your own faith- religious or otherwise- will determine where you draw that line).
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Re: Motorcycle Quote of the Day
« Reply #2732 on: January 17, 2019, 10:12:21 AM »
Inboard of our temporal lobes (about even with the tops of our ears), we have a small, almond-shaped structure called the amygdala (one on each side). When you encounter danger, or even the potential for a very small loss or injury, the amygdala starts sounding alarms. These neurophysiological signals set off a chain of reactions in other parts of the brain and endocrine stem to produce a state of readiness. The resulting fear and/or anger, along with elevated heart fate and other bodily changes, can facilitate actions that might be necessary for our safety. This is the classic 'fight-or-flight' response. Our attention becomes focused very tightly on what seems threatening, and we may become highly reactive. This can have problematic effects, obviously, but in most cases, there's survival value in being 'safe' instead of 'sorry'.
There's also survival value in remembering dangers we manage to live through. So the amygdala simultaneously alerts and strengthens the parts of the brain involved in memory, such as its neighbour, the hippocampus. Ideally, this helps us avoid having to deal with the same problem over and over because we learn from our experience and steer clear of the bear's lair on our next hike. (I won't be taking any more 'shortcuts' through the woods at dusk). But this process can also go too far, such as when a traumatic event yields intrusive memories and uncontrollable reactions to anything with even a hint of resemblance to the original situation. Hence, people with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) can relive their most horrifying moments when some subtle reminder triggers a flood of memories so vivid so as to eclipse their awareness of the immediate present.
So it's really no wonder that we have the clearest memories of those rides that involved genuine and intense fear. Our brains are set up to make it that way.
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Re: Motorcycle Quote of the Day
« Reply #2733 on: January 18, 2019, 12:54:39 PM »
As a psychologist working primarily with kids and their families and consulting in school systems in 2000, I have access to a lot more information about today's youth than do most people. I've seen hundreds of them at their best and worst on an intimate, firsthand basis. In my fifteen years of doing this work, I've witnessed a clear trend. Wanna know which direction things are really going?
Occasional local news stories about some child's heroism notwithstanding, things are definitely getting worse. This isn't the ranting of an old fart who can't abide loud music or weird hair. It has nothing to do with teenage fads and fashions, routinely denounced by the previous generation. I'm talking about the increasing number of kids who cannot relate to others in constructive, cooperative ways. This swelling percentage of the population has little or no conscience. The few competencies they possess primarily serve criminal pursuits. They are simultaneously angry and fearful, grandiose and insecure, precocious and infantile- thoroughly unprepared to take responsibility at work or in their communities- and they remain resentfully dependent upon others without gratitude or reciprocity. What autonomy and independence they muster is defiant bravado, unrelated to self-discipline or focused effort toward realistic goals. Chemicals substitute for the soothing and enrichment ideally obtained from meaningful engagement with others. If they're not already, these kids ought to be your worst nightmare; they will, sooner or later, impact your life, either with their malevolence or ineptitude.
Of course, they've always been around. The difference between now and the past is their rapidly increasing numbers. As American family life has grown more fragmented and chaotic (high divorce rates, frequent relocations, and so on) and popular culture has become increasingly escapist, the vital connections between parents and kids have taken a severe beating.
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Re: Motorcycle Quote of the Day
« Reply #2734 on: January 19, 2019, 11:32:07 AM »
What I'm trying to point to is the experience of making a quantum leap when something changes our perspective irreversibly. Avatar makes everything that came before it look to me like a sock-puppet show on a cardboard-box stage. And I can't undo that, even if I wanted to. As I pondered this conversion experience on the drive home from the movie theatre, my next association was a memory of climbing onto the pillion of a certain silver KZ650 when I was in high school. A friend of mine had snuck out with his older brother's new motorcycle and swung by my house to share the joy ride. Mischief loves company even more so than misery does, you know. I remember thinking we were going to go fast- a term I thought I knew the meaning of- but what happened next revealed my total ignorance.
My buddy yanked those four carburettor slides out of the way of fresh, wonderfully combustible oxygen, we accelerated right through my understanding of fast in no time flat. During that foray into previously uncharted territory, I felt genuine shock and awe. It was nothing short of surreal. My perceptual field narrowed down to a single element: the sensation of being stretched by a force I couldn't have imagined before that very second and couldn't get my mind around, even then. I had also been reduced to a single element: the will to survive, manifested in my death grip around my friend's waist.
After we'd returned to my house and I'd climbed off this otherworldly machine that had proven itself capable of warping time and space, it took me a while to reorient. The universe was a new place. I transferred everything that had previously thrilled me with a sense of speed to the 'woefully inadequate' column. That meant I was different, too. Now I couldn't be content without the ability to do that again.
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Re: Motorcycle Quote of the Day
« Reply #2735 on: January 20, 2019, 01:58:31 PM »
Whereas normal parallel functioning involves a dialogue between multiple selves, flow is characterised by the absence of divisions and dialogue. There is no observer. There is no body. There are no competing, or even cooperating, selves. All that exists is the activity. There isn't even a distinction between a unified self and the motorcycle, or the motorcycle and the landscape. Everything exists as a whole, with perceptions and actions occurring in a peculiarly effortless harmony. This is what riders often describe as 'being one with the bike', although that's a post hoc assessment. In the moment of this experience, the rider isn't observing and articulating and memorising it; there is no verbal description to log for future reference. The words of conscious thought are bypassed in favour of a more direct and efficient process. It's as though the eyes and hands are linked without the usual detour through the mind, allowing much faster processing. But again, that's not the rider's experience; rather, that's just how he or she describes it afterwards. The actual experience is impossible to capture in words. For a motorcyclist, it's something like ingesting the road through sight and willing movement through space- or, better yet, being movement through space.
The event completely fills the person's awareness. Concentration is complete. Absorption is total. The experience is extremely gratifying, and the person usually looks back on it as one of his or her life's peak moments. The absence of parallel functioning equals the suspension of doubts, questions.
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Re: Motorcycle Quote of the Day
« Reply #2736 on: January 21, 2019, 02:26:35 PM »
The interpersonally oriented readers' stories about their peak riding experiences were among the most poignant. We had accounts of fathers taking their sons out for their very first rides, revelling in their boys' ecstatic reactions to the unprecedented visceral thrills of forward thrust and cornering swoop. And people told of close friendships forged in the crucible of motorcycling's trials and travails, whether on cross-country expeditions or in racetrack competitions. There were even readers who chose to get married, reaffirm their vows, or take their honeymoons on two wheels, speaking eloquently of how their love of their spouses and of riding overlapped magically during those momentous trips. Like the peak experiences in other categories, these descriptions tended to be intensely personal and most elaborate.
Overall, the Engagement category tells us something about the way riding can facilitate and enhance human relatedness, and it reflects the high priority placed on the relationship factor by one segment of motorcyclists.
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