Join Date: Apr 2007
Location: Bangor, ME USA 04401
What is art?
Warning this is a rant.
Well I'm out riding now on my permit. I don't know about other states but up here in maine it's considered rude to not wave
to another bike rider when you see them, regardless of the bike they ride (unless your using the clutch). What makes me want
to vent a bit is how some cruiser riders, mostly harleys, won't return a wave to sport riders. It is also irritating that it
seams that all the sportbike riders can talk about when they see a harley is how superior their bike is.
I have been doing a lot of thinking lately about what makes people like the bikes that they do, and what makes them dislike
other people because of the bikes that they enjoy (sport vs cruiser).
What is art?
Most educated people will tell you that art is expression, or mastery of a skill. I disagree. To me art is a moment.
It is the feeling that a thought process brings. The mona lisa is probably the most famous piece of art in the world, I use it
as an example because it would be hard to argue that it isn't art (thats what I'm trying to do). To me the mona lisa, altho an
exceptional example of both expression and mastery is not art. It is very good at at creating a moment, a particular set of
emotions that I feel are involving enough to consider art.
Why I ride a bike.
I ride a motorcycle because of the feeling of being part of a moment involving enough to consider art, That can mean pushing
myself and my machine to our limits, feeling the front tire lift from the pavement at the top of first gear hoping that I don't hit
the rev limiter leaning fully forward struggling to be as fast as I can be exiting a sweeping curve only to slow halfway through
what short strait I have before the next curve. using every last inch of road to slow and feeling the front shocks depress and the
front tire buckle into a millisecond long skid as I start to lay the bike down threw the turn, or it can mean going five under the
speed limit coasting down a huge hill into a quite county town, visor up, with the sun warming my air cooled leather coat NOT
thinking about the long day of work I have just managed to finish with all of the crap cages that shouldn't be aloud on roads,
and the owners who are angry at a large bill even though we never made a cent fixing their cage to pass inspection, or the rent
I haven't paid.
My point is that it seams no matter the bike I ride I enjoy it for the art of a moment. All that matters is that moment, not the bike
that brings it to you. It's never the bike, or the painting that matters, it is only how you enjoy it. I wish that more people saw
things the way I do. Just try to understand this way of thinking the next time you hear your buddies talking about how their 10k sport
is so much better than their neighbors 36K cruiser.
What are squids?
Squids exist on both sportbikes and cruisers, and in equal numbers. The factor that ties them together is "Image". Squids want
to look cool on their bike. Squids want to be bad ass and will try to obtain it with either chrome or specs. I can't tell you how many
times I have stood around in a parking lot filled with bikes listening to people talk about who's bike is faster, at least the harley
crowd lets their pipes do the talking and not the magazines, sure they seam to forget every now and then that loud doesn't mean fast
but I have to give them something.
So basically what I am saying is leave the ego at home, get out the parking lot and ride.
I just really want a bike with a turbo, because their are those times when you pull up too a stop light next to a cop, and I think a really loud PPTTTSHIIISHHHHHHHH would make his day. =P