First yellow leaves cause shivers up my “move” passion and dreams. As little kids, we all got those ridin-swimmin-jumpin-climbin wounds and scarves.
Cycling gives you a unique feeling beyond the frame, cycling in the wild moves your soul and personal, open-minded mobility, a guaranteed freedom. Country/ mountain roads are the best, highways/ freeways are the worst…
My favorite book, Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance
is written in the late 60ies, rejected by 121 publishers (which is yes, the Guinness Record) and finaly published in my year of birth + 41 times later…an iconic book. There is nothing much about Zen or motorcycles, it’s about the important things – Emotional intelligence, Attitude, Quality of life, Rational and Irrational mindsets. Attitude, which is more important than facts, than past, than education, than money, than circumstances, than failures, than successes, than what other people think or say or do. It can make or break a life, a family, a home, a brand. With an Attitude, life is not what happens to us, but how we react to it.
I’ll give you just some samples, which literally shaped my mindset long time ago:
“And what is good, Phaedrus, And what is not good — Need we ask anyone to tell us these things?
The place to improve the world is first in one’s own heart and head and hands, and then work outward from there. When one person suffers from a delusion, it is called insanity. When many people suffer from a delusion it is called a Religion. The only Zen you find on tops of mountains is the Zen you bring there.
The Buddha, the Godhead, resides quite as comfortably in the circuits of a digital computer or the gears of a cycle transmission as he does at the top of the mountain, or in the petals of a flower.
Is it hard? Not if you have the right attitudes. Its having the right attitudes thats hard.
The test of the machine is the satisfaction it gives you. There isn’t any other test. If the machine produces tranquility it’s right. If it disturbs you it’s wrong until either the machine or your mind is changed.
Absence of Quality is the essence of squareness. To live only for some future goal is shallow. It’s the sides of the mountain that sustain life, not the top.”
But where are all those dual-sport/adventure touring enduros gone? Remember Africa Twin, Dominator, Funduro, KLE, Ténéré, TDM…
So let’s read between the lines, between the Chautauquas and computer manuals… breathe in the Power of Dreams
and start the engines, sharing the Road with the crazy ones, the rebels, the ones who worry and see things differently, living on the edge, beyond rules, ” the mad ones, the ones who are mad to live, mad to talk, mad to be saved, desirous of everything at the same time, the ones who never yawn or say a commonplace thing, but burn, burn, burn”, the ones who change things, innovate things, move things and create the future.
Sharing the road, warmth, pain and touch with the tender One – beyond career, solutions, cures, horoscopes and politics. The one who can be silent with us to contemplate the reality, the one who worries, who cares…
See you at the top!