A blog about possibilities.
Mostly about motorbikes.
But that's OK, because motorbikes represent possibility for me at present. I came, I saw, I rode. Yeah, I did it. I'm DOING it.
And that's what life is. Imagine something, work backwards to where you are now, and start.
Don did it. So did I.
So can you.
Imagine, backtrack, start.
There you go. Success in three simple steps.
Leave the money on the fridge...
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Is motorcycling dangerous?
"It doesn't have to be."
That's the take-away from this excellent video by an ex-US Air Force flight instructor. It should be required viewing before ANYONE is given a motorcycle licence.
I'd forgotten how good this 1999 film was. I happened upon it again this week in a hotel room and couldn't turn it off. Afterwards I googled it and read the fascinating story of its writer/director (whose name I can't pronounce let alone write). Long story short: he made it to the top of his craft despite a surprising number of dud films along the way. And the really surprising thing was that the duds and successes were INTERSPERSED. I think that's exceptional because our normal reaction after a big success followed by a dud is to quit. We tell ourselves the first one was a fluke, that we don't really have any talent and that the market has finally woken up. Not this guy. He had success, dud, success, more duds and so on. As of now he's at the top but I'm betting he's the sort of guy who's not resting on his laurels. He's obviously a gritty performer who believes in himself and isn't easily swayed by either failure OR success. Both are impos…
"Just you. The empty mountain road. The engine your soundtrack. Each corner a new sensation. Time? No meaning. You forget you are on a bike and just see the road in front of you. Feeling those corner forces. Fluid. Without history or future. In the moment."
Amin Pelkmann explaining why he rides alone, never in groups.
I haven't been doing this long but am completely hooked and Amin has articulated beautifully for me the reason why.
I literally kit up and go out at every opportunity. And getting off the bike at the end is only because I have another commitment. It's a beautiful thing. What a privilege to be able to do it. Thankyou Harley Lady wherever you are. I wouldn't have found this if I hadn't run into you that day. And unless I run into you again some day, you'll never know.
PS ... I would add to Amin's list: "enjoying the dance". Because that's what it feels like to me. You're in a dance with your bike, both hands and feet invo…