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Reality check

"Graveyards are full of indispensable people."

Isaac Lidsky, "Eyes Wide Open"

The courage to admit it's over

Whenever I'm in America I don't know whether to laugh or cry. They cling to a 1950's version of themselves like a man clinging to a prized, upturned boat in a fast moving river. His only hope is to let it go and swim for shore but he hangs on, hoping against hope, and goes over the falls.

Travel

Travel is like climbing a wall to get a better view of what's going on.  When you get down, you're better able to hold your course amidst all the hurly burly.

Me too

"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…

"Ride safely"

Why do people say that? It's not like it's going to change anything. ("Oh, OK, I was going to ride recklessly, but I won't now.") I think they're just projecting THEIR fear onto you. And that's kind of cowardly when you think about it. My wife never says it to me. I know she fears but she doesn't make me share that fear. And that's because she's brave. Courage isn't the absence of fear; it's "feeling the fear and doing it anyway".

No one dies any more

They all "pass away".

It's reflective of our unwillingness to face death.

But it's only by facing death that you live.

Really live.

Someone who gets it

"Suburbia is a mistake driven by the car. I'm a person who believes in 'villagisation'. The village is what we all want as humans. It's what you see as standard in Italian villages where the old people sit in the piazza every day and if Giuseppe doesn't arrive they ring his son and say "where's Giuseppe?" And we know the benefits of those common places - the trees, the shade, the community points, the collection points, how the seats are arranged. It's quite simple but we're still experimenting with it in Australia. They're very learned in their delivery of it in Italy, Greece and Spain."

Adrian Fini (in Qantas inflight magazine)

Decided to buy a motorcycle magazine

And read it from cover to cover on my flight to Melbourne. And left it on the plane. Because it's living in the past. Motorcycling is about to change forever with the advent of electric bikes and men in black on noisy bikes trying to look tough are going to look faintly ridiculous. Oh, that's right - they already do 😎

No-one is fazed any more

They're all "phased".

Go figure.

"It is hoped next year to incorporate it into the memorial service"

Yeah, why not. Incorporate a "war dance" into the ANZAC service.

Great idea.

Not.

We wouldn't accept this behaviour from our children

Imagine you're from another planet and you're looking down and seeing all the nations of the earth doing this. Sad, huh? Pathetic actually. We all need to grow up.

Wow, that's a first

China urging restraint by the US and North Korea. It's good that they're finally getting involved. Long overdue. If Don's aggressive stance does nothing else but drag China into the game it will have been worth it.

There's no good news

And no bad news.

Just news.

"Good" and "bad" are subjective. What's good news to one man might be bad news to another. (How many times have you heard cancer sufferers say "it's actually been a blessing"?)

We don't choose what happens to us but we do choose how we respond to it.

That should have course been "latter" (yesterday's post)

Where's the line?

The one between persevering with a "good" idea and flogging a dead horse. I've always tended to do too much of the latter. But as you get older you realise life is short. Ideas have to bear fruit quicker or you move on to the next thing. Wish I had figured this sooner.

Meh. Be yourself.

I was watching a review of a new "badass" motorcycle and the guy said "with a bike like this you have to wear an open face helmet and sunnies; wear a full-face helmet and you'll look a real tool". What he doesn't say of course is that you'll look an even bigger tool when you come off and slide your face along the tarmac. Mind you, by then you wouldn't care I guess.

It's only taken 5,000km

To figure out what an incredibly light touch you can use on The Black Quacker to move smoothly through the gears. Amazingly light. Like almost "willing" the gear to change and it does, with no discernible effort from me at all. My sincere apologies Mr Suzuki san. You designed a Swiss watch and I've been treating it like an abacus.

Dawn is beautiful no matter what's goin' on

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It brings promise.

Hope.

Peace.

And then the traffic starts.

And it's gone.

I'm realising you can't dabble in motorcycling

If you're not constantly practicing / improving you're probably going to become a statistic. It's a bit like having kids: an all or nothing commitment. The advantage of a motorcycle though is you can lock it in the garage. Hmm, kids in the garage, eh? The other big incentive to constantly hone your skills however is that the better you get the more you ENJOY it. Funny that.

"You'll go places you wouldn't otherwise go"

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I remember reading this on a blog aimed at encouraging people to take up motorcycling. I also remember thinking "yeah, right". It didn't make sense to me. Why would I go places that I wouldn't go in my car? But I'm now seeing what they meant. You don't necessarily go to "grand" places but you start seeing all sorts of "micro" places within your own city. Like right now in fact. I'm sitting on the steps of Dome on the river's edge in East Fremantle having a coffee and watching the sunset. I've driven past it many times in my car but wouldn't ever call in and do this. So why on a bike? Don't know - but here I am. The guy on the blog was right.








It's easy to be tough

It's much harder to be vulnerable.

It takes more guts.

So we act tough.

And shut ourselves off from being our true self.

And that's a waste of a life.

When The White Knight grows up

It will look like this.

Yowzer.

A mate was going to buy one but the test ride scared him to death and he decided on something smaller.

I see in the comments under the video that this is the guy's FIRST MOTORBIKE (!)

I wonder if he's still alive...

Bring back Jeff

Jeff Kennett that is. We need clear-eyed thinkers like him.

In his recent commentary on Hawthorn's poor form he hinted that the club's super-coach Alastair Clarkson might have run out of puff when he said "I think about six to nine years is enough when it comes to leadership."

I think he's right. After that amount of time you start marking time. Think of all the people you know in management / leadership positions who have been there fifteen and twenty years.

'nuff said?

"No-one will steal your bike, it's a Suzuki."

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That's what a mate said when I was trying to decide what anti-theft measures I should take for The White Knight.

I thought he was joking.

But then I did some research and realised he wasn't.

They're well built, extremely reliable and relatively cheap.

But not popular. Not really.

Honda's and Yamaha's, yes. Kawasaki's too.

Suzuki's not so much.

Why?

I don't know. Perhaps someone who does can tell me.

Anyway, that's obviously why this one sat unsold on the dealership floor for the best part of two years before I came along and took it off their hands.

Would I do the same deal again?

Absolutely.

I love this bike.

It's got no frills, no fancy electronics, no fancy nuthin'. But it's honest.

And it's beautiful.

No one will steal it?

More fool them.



Is Don. Is….. ?

Americans might not be quite ready to say this yet, but I think there's one thing they would agree on and that is that the worst thing you can be with those who seek to harm you is

predictable.

The missile strike on the Syrian airbase will have been designed to sow the seeds of doubt in a few minds.

I'd say it's doing exactly that right now.

Relax

The more I relax, the better my motorbike works. The gear changes, throttle application, braking and steering are just so much smoother. In other words, the engineers at Suzuki assumed I would ride with a light touch. If I ride in a tense, ham-fisted fashion, all their good work is negated. Our bodies are the same. They work best when relaxed. The Engineer intended for us to "live relaxed", trusting in Him. But we don't. And then we wonder why things keep breaking.

Ostrich syndrome

When you stop and consider the infinitesimally small odds of life on earth happening at all, you would have to wonder why we stick to our "it all happened by chance" model. In any other sphere we would consider someone delusional who pinned everything on such ridiculous odds. The "there must be a creator" model makes so much more sense. Why don't we embrace it? Because it opens up a whole new can of worms we'd rather not face. More fool us. There will be a day of reckoning for such weakness. That's not me saying it - a fellow from Nazareth said it and from what I can see, he had a clue.

Life under the sun

I sit at the cafe and look at my bike and wonder if the Seal Mate tool will fix my fork seal leak and Assad gasses the children.

Uh oh Chungo

There's only one thing better than going for a long ride on your motorcycle and that's GOING FOR A LONGER RIDE!

Man, I got it bad. But what a beautiful disease.

I think this by Tim Watson on RideApart pretty much captures it:

"Before you had a motorcycle, you always tried to find the quickest and most direct way to get around. In a car or truck, it was efficient and practical to do so. Now that you have a bike, you’ll be willing to go 100 miles out of your way to visit a store or restaurant that has the same stuff as the one in your neighborhood. You’ll find yourself with entire States between you and home, amongst strangers and in strange places that you never knew existed, just because. You’ll tell your family you’re just going out for a quick ride, then return hours, sometimes days later, not entirely sure where you have been. And it won’t matter, because you were riding."

HOG Rule No.1: No sissies!

Harley rider on YouTube: "So you've got your new Harley and you're about to head off on your first ride in front of your mates and you stall it. Sell the bike, give away the money. You're done."

The Don way

Don: "If China doesn't sort out North Korea we will."

Reporter: "How?"

Don: "I'm not going to tell you."

Love it.

Sitting is the new smoking

"I see shopkeepers sitting in their shops all day as if legs were meant to be sat on not stood and walked on and I think they deserve some credit for not all having committed suicide long ago."

Henry David Thoreau (1843 - 1916), "Walking"