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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old May 29th, 2019, 5:34 pm Thread Starter
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Zen and the Art of Motorcycling

Commuting home, I'll hit the MSF range by my house 1-2 times a week and do various drills.
Today, after the MSF range, I went around a car and dipped into a corner, and suddenly realized the bike and I had completely bonded.

It felt like the bike wasn't there. We had reached the place where I simply thought about something and it happened. The bike was invisible and completely out of mind.

It takes a while (especially going back and forth between two bike). But when you get there, it's a great feeling.

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post #2 of 10 (permalink) Old May 29th, 2019, 10:28 pm
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Amen Bro

Yep, it's a wonderful feeling...takes some work but worth the time and effort to clear the mind and get to the zone. Too bad it's so hard to describe or share what it feels like. I tell folks that the bike is my meditation tool and they look at me like I'm nuts. Too bad they just don't get it.
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I know what you mean.

I might be slow, but it takes me a while to really, really get to that point with a bike (as in months). This is why it always amazes me when you hear of people buying bikes and then selling them after a couple of weeks or months - either they're far better "learners" of their machine, or they just haven't given them the time to really get to know each other...

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Different kinds of people - we have friends who are 'horse people'... love and live horses. Yet they buy and sell them all the time. When we had horses they were basically pets - no way we could flip them like cars. I'm sort of the same way with bikes... I still have the Tiger that was my daily rider before the Multi. I'm now considering selling it but only because it's not getting enough miles and bikes don't like to sit.

With the Ducati I find when touring it's an invisibly functional slice of mechanical perfection. I'm completely comfortable, the bike has been so reliable I don't worry about it and just ride. The times I'm not 100% at home is in the other riding modes. Soft dirt/sand/mud is sketchy with the small front tire, and when riding hard something about the upright seating position makes sporty riding just the tiniest bit... clumsy feeling... compared to more sport focused bikes and I never feel completely at home. Sure the bike is fast and handles excellently... but it's just a bit less "right" compared to Sport or Sport Touring bikes. And urban riding... bike gets too damned hot to be taken seriously as an urban bike.

So it's an imperfect "4 bikes in one" bike... but it's just about perfect at 2 lane touring, extremely good at sport riding, and can tolerate some (limited) amount of the other two. It is so competent it grows on you, and it's exciting enough to make you love it.
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DaveK I just put TKC-80's on my multi, picked up a second set of rims so I could do some offroad. I had tried it on my "Road GT" tires last year and, uh, yeah the front is terrible, especially in sand as you have noted. First gear, feet down, zero control. These knobbies are the cats meow, the front actually works. Still way too much torque in the back to really ride offroad effectively (I dug myself into a hole a few times on loose uphill climbs) but this isn't a dirt bike so...

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post #6 of 10 (permalink) Old Jun 6th, 2019, 4:10 pm
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It may be similar to a "runner's high"....but I wouldnt know since I've never ran that long
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It may be similar to a "runner's high"....but I wouldnt know since I've never ran that long <img src="https://www.ducati.ms/forums/images/Ducati_ms_2015/smilies/tango_face_grin.png" border="0" alt="" title="Big Grin" class="inlineimg" />
The runners high thing is real. I get it after aboot 100'. Then I think to myself that you must be high to want to want to do that shit. There's two reasons to run;

-you are angry at someone that is smaller than you

-someone that is bigger than you is angry

Riders high is way cooler, had it happen many times. The last time I had it was at my 7th trackday. I ran a whole seesion with no mishaps, and every lap seemed smoother than the last. Never once looked at the tach/speedo, just was in the groove, listening to the bike and going along for the ride. It's a beautiful thing.
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post #8 of 10 (permalink) Old Jun 8th, 2019, 6:32 pm
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It's a great feeling when you get to the point where you are confident and don't feel like you're actively riding a motorcycle. It really is zen and peaceful if you're on the right road.

The MSF course is also a good way to get that feeling early on. I'm glad I took it when I did years ago!

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It happened to me last week in West Virginia (get this) riding in the rain. Thunder, lightning, wind, a little hail off and on for hours. Cars were pulling off. I wasn't over confident but the bike just felt right. I had Rainx for plastic on my faceshield and used the 4 way flashers some. I really can't describe it.

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post #10 of 10 (permalink) Old Jun 9th, 2019, 10:33 am
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Good tips here on achieving your Zen

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