(Thanks to my friends, David Solomon & Scott Robbins)
Most motorcycle problems are caused by the nut that connects the handlebars to the saddle.
Learn to understand what trouble looks like before it happens.
Life may begin at 30, but it doesn't get real interesting until about 110 mph!
You start the game of life with a full pot o' luck and an empty pot o' experience... The object is to fill the pot of experience before you empty the pot of luck.
If you wait, all that happens is that you get older.
Friends don't let Frends ride alone.
Midnight bugs taste best.
Saddlebags can never hold everything you want, but they CAN hold everything you need.
Never try to race an old geezer, he may have one more gear than you.
In the time it takes to play 18 holes, you can be 200 miles away.
It takes more love to share the saddle than it does to share the bed.
The only good view of a thunderstorm is in your rearview mirror.
Never be afraid to slow down.
The lead rider must set a prudent Pace for those in his group.
Trailing riders: It is generally safer to keep up than to catch up.
Don't ride so late into the night that you sleep through the sunrise.
Sometimes it takes a whole tankful of fuel before you can think straight.
Only get off when you're stopped and the kickstand is down.
Riding faster than everyone else only guarantees you'll ride alone.
Remember: You can never outrun a Motorola!
Never hesitate to ride past the last street light at the edge of town.
Never do less than forty miles before breakfast.
If you don't ride in the rain, you don't ride.
A bike on the road is worth two in the shed.
Respect the person who has seen the dark side of motorcycling and lived.
Never sell a motorcycle - it is a part of you. Just buy more.
Multiple motorcycles cost less than multiple women.
You will always get to keep your motorcycle(s) in a divorce.
Your motorcycle may strand, but it will never leave.
Horse; Plane; Boat; Golf: All cost more than a motorcycle.
Man's invention of the wheel was good, but the second wheel was better.
Young riders pick a destination and go... Old riders pick a direction and go.
You only have too much fuel if you're on fire
A good mechanic will let you watch without charging you for it.
Sometimes the fastest way to get there is to
stop for the night.
Always back your bike into the curb, and sit where you can see it.
Work to ride & ride to work.
Whatever it is, it's better in the wind.
Two-lane blacktop isn't a highway - it's an attitude.
When you look down the road, it seems to never end - but you better believe it does.
"You can drive those wheels to the end of the road
You will still find the past right behind you"
- RUSH (CARVE AWAY THE STONE)
Winter is Nature's way of telling you to polish.
God does not subtract from your life the time spent riding.
Train up a child in the way he should go:
and when he is old, he will not depart from it.
Keep your bike in good repair: Motorcycle boots are NOT comfortable for walking.
People are like Motorcycles: each is customized a bit differently.
Sometimes, the best communication happens when you're on separate bikes.
Good coffee should be indistinguishable from 50 weight motor oil.
The best alarm clock is sunshine on chrome.
The twisties - not the superslabs -separate the riders from the squids.
Never, ever get off on the highside. Go down healed over with the gas on.
When you're riding lead, don't spit.
A friend is someone who'll get out of bed at 2 am to drive his pickup to the middle of nowhere to get you when you're broken down.
Catching a yellow jacket in your shirt @ 70 mph can double your vocabulary.
If you want to get somewhere before sundown, you can't stop at every tavern.
There's something ugly about a NEW bike on a trailer.
Don't lead the pack if you don't know where you're going.
Practice wrenching on your own bike.
Everyone crashes. Some get back on, some not. Some can't.
Don't argue with an 18-wheeler (just go faster).
Never be ashamed to unlearn an old habit.
A good long ride can clear your mind, restore your faith, and use up a lot of fuel.
At 70 years of age (and beyond!) we do not run as fast as we once could, but we can still twist the throttle as far as we ever could!
A motorcycle is your personal Telstar.
If you can't get it going with bungee cords and electrician's tape, it's serious.
If you ride like there's no tomorrow, there won't be.
Bikes parked out front mean good chicken-fried steak inside.
Gray-haired riders don't get that way from pure luck.
There are drunk riders. There are old riders. There are NO old, drunk riders.
Thin leather looks good in the bar, but it won't save your butt from "road rash" if you go down.
The best modifications cannot be seen from the outside.
There are worse ways to die than on a motorcycle. All the better ways are boring.
Boots never lie; boots never boast.
Boots tell the real story about the way we ride.
The brave do not live forever, but the timid do not live at all.
Fear an older rider...
Respect that he has survived a sport that may yet kill you !
Always replace the cheapest parts first.
You can forget what you do for a living when your knees are in the breeze.
You own the right motorcycle if you can not walk away without looking back to admire it.
Patience is the ability to keep your motor idling.
Only a Biker knows why a dog sticks his head out of a car window.
Keep riding, and eventually the fog will lift.
Keep the paint up, and the rubber down!
There are two types of people in this world, people who ride motorcycles and people who wish they could ride motorcycles.
Never ride faster than your guardian angel can fly.
It is good to have an end to journey towards;
but it is the journey that matters for today.
One does not have to be in a church to
marvel at the Glory of God's creation.
Ride as if your life depended on it !!
A motorcycle gives one a chance to die at peace
- far better than dying at rest.
As for me, I hope to die on a motorcycle at 90 - at 90.
Four wheels move the body.
Two wheels move the soul.
"Only so many summers, so many springs..."
- Don Henley: Last Worthless Evening
And now we present Bob Seegar's Roll Me Away , (1.6Mb .mp3) an anthem that embodies, for this biker at least, both a vision and a prayer:
Took a look down a westbound road, right away I made my choice
Headed out to my big two-wheeler, I was tired of my own voice
Took a bead on the northern plains and just rolled that power on!
Gotta keep rollin, gotta keep ridin', keep searchin' till I find what's right
And as the sunset faded I spoke to the faintest first starlight
And I said next time - next time - We'll get it right
Monument Valley "Checkerboard" Tour (2003)
The "Left Coast" Tour (2004)
The Gateway Experience (2008)
Devil's Tower, Yellowstone (2009).
Monument Valley, 2011.
Glacier National Park,
Going To The Sun Road, 2011
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