Freedom means different things to different people. It is striven for by them in many ways. More often than not and to most it implies freedom from what others want or don’t want them to do. True freedom however is not being free from others but from one’s own insecurities and shackles that we bind ourselves with. That kind of freedom is found in riding a motorcycle. That is why I call it the Freedom Machine.
A motorcycle is not just a means of transport; it is an emotion that one has to feel to truly appreciate the meaning of being free. On a motorcycle, one does not feel encumbered by distances, directions, or the vagaries of nature. The emotion which runs through the feeling is aptly described by the quote ‘Life is not about waiting for the storms to pass: it’s about learning how to ride in the rain!” Now that is what I call freedom. That is how you set yourself free.
‘Four wheels move the body; two wheels move the soul.’ ― Anonymous. Nothing could describe the freedom experienced while riding a motorcycle better than this quote. The soul is the essence of one’s being and when a person’s soul is moved, he or she is really free. Free to experience life the way one wants, on the open road, close to nature and with nothing holding you back except gravity of course … but then they say riding a motorcycle is the closest thing to flying … and don’t we say that birds are the freest of them all. Well there you are … ride a motorcycle and you are free.
Call it an antidote to middle age worries or the advice that ‘If you can still hear your fears, drop a gear’, in one way or another motorcycle riding is a panacea for many tears and fears. “Sometimes it takes a whole tankful of fuel before you can think straight,” said Anonymous, no matter what the cost of the fuel the experience can help you think straight. So aptly summarized in the quote ‘You do not need a therapist if you own a motorcycle, any kind of motorcycle!” by Dan Aykroyd. Motorcycling will indeed free you from many of life’s worries.
Now I won’t say that the passion for riding motorcycles is devoid of any cons … after all ‘There’s two kinds of riders: Those who have crashed and those who will.’ ― Anonymous, and the advice goes ‘Never ride faster than your guardian angel can fly.’ ― Anonymous, however ‘Most motorcycle problems are caused by the nut that connects the handlebars to the saddle’ ― Anonymous. So, if one keeps his wits about him and always remembers the Neil Peart quote ‘When I’m riding my motorcycle, I’m glad to be alive. When I stop riding my motorcycle, I’m glad to be alive.’
The experience is as liberating as art. As has been put correctly by Valentino Rossi ‘Riding a bike is like an art, something you do because you feel something inside’ and of course the feeling that ‘You live more for five minutes going fast on a bike than other people do in all of their life” as said by Marco Simoncelli. It is worth the risk. Of course, one has to ride the difficult roads and master the skill to actually experience freedom in riding a motorcycle, after all, ‘Straight roads do not make skillful riders”’ said Paulo Coelho.
Finally, the feeling of being truly free manifests itself when having lived a life riding a motorcycle. An old rider can claim that ‘Young riders pick a destination and go … Old riders pick a direction and go.’ Anonymous again. A motorcycle rider is ultimately free and wishes to ‘…ride my motorcycle up the side of the Luxor to the light and vanish’ as brilliantly summed up by Criss Angel.
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