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Motorcycling – Ephemeral Magic

"An automobile carries your body, but a motorcycle moves your soul."

I've been an avid motorcyclist for the past many years.
In case you are wondering why, read Dave Karlotski's Season of the Bike.
Jack Lewis of the Motorcyclist magazine captures the essence very well, too:

It is dumb to just get on a bike and ride, but I'm foolish about it: anywhere, anytime and most likely a bit too fast for conditions. But it's hard not to imagine – pelting south through the onchilling autumn air – that I was born for this.

Once every long while for a fleeting glorious moment, conditions are ideal. Rainbows blaze out between squalls, three corners in a row aren't just great but perfect, and you catch the flash of a deer's eyes as your mirrors sweep the trees.

If you are not already out there – dodging trucks, navigating gravel and fending off the weather – you'll miss all those things. They won't fit on the widest screen; never manifest over a cubicle farm. This is ephemeral magic, some of the last that's left.

To ride and throw yourself into the world – there is liberty requiring no document nor government to grant it. Nothing can take it from you but fear.
– Jack Lewis (with some adaptations)

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BMW R1200GS Adventure
"A good traveler has no fixed plans, and is not intent on arriving." -- Lao Tzu

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Suzuki Intruder M1500 (sold)
"I haven't been everywhere, but it's on my list." -- Susan Sontag

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Kawasaki KLX250 (sold)
"Sometimes the road less traveled is less traveled for a good reason." -- Jerry Seinfeld

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