Category Archives for Zen and the art of motorcycle maintenance, abridged

July 25, 2006

Zen and the art of motorcycle maintenance, abridged, 26

TweetSometimes, the only way to acclimate yourself to engine noise is to take off the helmet and simply immerse yourself in it.  Of course, you might also try ear plugs—but that’s hardly very zen, is it?  And to paraphrase the … Continue reading

25. July 2006 by Jeff G.
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June 19, 2006

Zen and the art of motorcycle maintenance, abridged 25

TweetOften times, it is the scenic route that, by encouraging one to resist the easy path, leads most directly to enlightenment.  Which doesn’t mean, of course, it is a good idea to fly sorties into Iraq out of freakin’ Okinawa.  … Continue reading

19. June 2006 by Jeff G.
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April 24, 2006

Zen and the art of motorcycle maintenance, abridged 24 (current events edition)

TweetWhen one notices an unexpected leak, one should immediately endeavor to find the source of the leak and, while the problem is still relatively minor, correct it through aggressive means.  Such action will prevent the engine or brakes from seizing … Continue reading

24. April 2006 by Jeff G.
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April 5, 2006

Zen and the art of motorcycle maintenance, abridged 23

TweetOn most occasions, bumps in the road are best circumvented.  But there are certain times, times the true the initiate feels in his gut, when those bumps are worth hitting full-throttle—particularly if they are the kinds of bumps that grow … Continue reading

05. April 2006 by Jeff G.
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February 7, 2006

Zen and the art of motorcycle maintenance, abridged 22 (special NSA koan edition)

TweetIronically, the best way to stay completely attuned to your roadside surroundings is to remove the safety helmet and just listen.

07. February 2006 by Jeff G.
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October 26, 2005

Zen and the art of motorcycle maintenance, abridged 21

TweetThere is no shame in admitting that the machines pulling up behind you clearly outclass your own.  Instead, the shame comes when you allow your obstinance and pride to disrupt the natural flow of traffic.

26. October 2005 by Jeff G.
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September 21, 2005

Zen and the art of motorcycle maintenance, abridged 20

TweetThe time will come, on the road trip of life, when you will be asked to cease your leisurely ride and join the timeless race of pumping pistons and testosterone—a point at which the rush of animal instinct is sure … Continue reading

21. September 2005 by Jeff G.
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August 17, 2005

Zen and the art of motorcycle maintenance, abridged 19 (Crawford edition)

TweetOften times, the wisest means for passing another motorist is to do nothing and wait for her to get out of your way. 

17. August 2005 by Jeff G.
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July 22, 2005

Zen and the art of motorcycle maintenance, abridged 18

TweetContrary to what your parents may have told you, it is perfectly healthy to rev your own engine from time to time. And no, doing so won’t cause any lasting damage to your headlamp—nor will it cause hair to sprout … Continue reading

22. July 2005 by Jeff G.
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July 11, 2005

Zen and the art of motorcycle maintenance, abridged 17

TweetOn the metaphorical journey of life, sustained, substandard tire pressure is that nasty divorce that cost you $1200 a month in alimony and all the good wedding china.

11. July 2005 by Jeff G.
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