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Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance

Robert M. Persig's Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance: An Inquiry into Values is the Godfather of motorcycle philosophy books. Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance may have not been the first book to combine motorcycles with philosophy, but it has influenced the most writers, inspired the most riders, and has kept many riders' minds busy during the solitude of a motorcycle ride.

Motorcycle Maintenance & Zen Philosophy

A central theme of Persig's book is that a motorcycle is more than a piece of machinery and is more than a mode of transportation. A motorcycle is a portal into the world of philosophy. This perspective on the nature of motorcycles and motorcycle riding has been around since the first motorcycle hit the road, but no one has better articulated it.

Persig uses a motorcycle trip between a father and son as the background to his philosophical musings. From Plato and Socrates to gear ratios and daily maintenance, Persig takes his philosophical quest into the dirty and grime of the inner workings of a motorcycle and comes out with a fresh vision. A motorcycle may be a portal into the world of philosophy and self, but the motorcycle rider must recognize this and open the door in order gain better insight into themselves.

That's where Persig's book is so valuable — it helps you recognize black porn the possibilities before you if you take the time to look and take advantage of the advantages which riding a motorcycle provide you.

Persig writes:

"You see things vacationing on a motorcycle in a way that is completely different from any other. In a car you're always in a compartment, and because you're used to it you don't realize that through that car window everything you see is just more TV. You're a passive observer and it is all moving by you boringly in a frame.

"On a cycle the frame is gone. You're completely in contact with it all. You're in the scene, not just watching it anymore, and the sense of presence is overwhelming. That concrete whizzing by five inches below your foot is the real thing, the same stuff you walk on, it's right there, so blurred you can't focus on it, yet you can put your foot down and touch it anytime, and the whole thing, the whole experience, is never removed from immediate consciousness."

The Art of a Timeless Classic

Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance was originally published in 1974, but at no point does it feel old or dated. Robert M. Persig was able to articulate what so many motorcyclists can only feel: that the motorcycle, the self, and the soul, are only separated by the thinnest of lines. This hasn't changed in the past three decades and it probably won't be any different three decades from now. Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance was an instant best seller and it continues to inspire generation after generation.

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