"God willing, someday I'll grow old & weak. But when I do, I’ll have pictures and ride reports and I will relive life all over again. It's my pension. Every trip is another deposit in my memory pension. I'm gonna have a wonderful old age." - MetalJockey (Wild Dog Forum)
"Riding is living, everything else is just waiting"
Riding a car is like watching a movie; Riding a bike is like starring in it.
- Kaboef (Wild Dog Forum)
The solitude whilst riding on far off dirt roads and trails, is soul cleansing. I always feel on top of the world after a day's ride, whether we rode in a group or alone. That's the beauty. You can ride in a group and still experience that solitude. – Journeyman (Wild Dog Forum)
Climbing on your steed made of metal and rubber. Veering off the path well traveled to a place of unknown destination. Like a knight of olden times going into the forests of Sherwood. Embracing adventure you leave your desk behind and free your mind. This is the spirit of a wild dog adventure rider!! - BOZO (Wild Dog Forum)
Riding my bike keeps me sane, it exposes me to the elements, you can smell the wine in the making when passing Durbanville Hills, the cow shit on Occultdale rd, the Omo on washing day down Klipheuwel, the mud after rain, the grain as it nears harvesting.
You can feel the rain as it comes down, the wind as it rushes past, the adrenaline as you over cook a corner, the dust as it settles on your face...Just swinging your leg over the seat gets the adventure going...
- Briv (Wild Dog Forum)
In a car - the holiday starts when you get there. On a bike - the holiday starts when you start packing. - Red (Wild Dog Forum)
Attitude = the difference between ordeal and adventure - digitaldan (Wild Dog Forum)
"Adventure is the difference between the expected and the unexpected, the planned and the unplanned. We hone our skills, prepare our equipment and plan our routes. And gradually we raise the bar as our appetite for risk develops.
Sometimes we get lost. Sometimes we get stuck. Sometimes we get hurt. Sometimes our equipment fails. It’s part of the game, part of the challenge, much of it within our control.
We pit our ingenuity against nature, knowing that when things are bad, they have to get better eventually- even the worst road has a beginning and an end. This is what keeps us going, because the surest way to improve a bad situation is to get out of it."
- 1NightOwl (ADV rider forum)
"Never trade the thrills of living for the security of existence"
"Sometimes it takes a whole tankful of fuel before you can think straight"
"Young riders pick a destination and go... Old riders pick a direction and go"
Whatever happened to me or the turmoil given to me by life out of love is of no consideration to the roads you or me travel and brought on to us by that dire need to be free and feel the purest form of love healing and filling the emptiness that can not be gained by the unreachable goals forced upon us by society. Biking frees us from the you, them and all the others. It is our capsule into unlimited joy and peace. It is the 'my space'. The space reached by only you. And although we are social beings trapped by our fears of being alone, we still crave for this substance that fill what can not be filled. Emptied from daily issues. Like putting gas in the tank, each bike trip represents a 'filling up' process that gains the momentum that needs to be reached every day.
It brings life, love, passion and unlimited peace. While in the ‘helmet-shell’ of seclusion, we experience the one thing feared by many, obsessed by all, but once reached - peace! It is the being with oneself. Such a thing that scares us and walked away from loneliness. But by being a biker, the one thing cherished above all.
Zonkelnut - WD Forum
"We don't run with the pack. We are not counted in the lemming-like hordes of look-alike mini-vans and SUVs. We are outsiders, non-conformists, free-thinkers, independant and proud of it...
If you don't understand, I can't explain it in any more words. Sit in your mini-van and try to tell me that your heart beats a little faster when you turn the engine on.
Pull into a mall parking lot full of so many mini-vans and urban-warrior SUVs that you worry about recognizing your own vehicle - and try to tell me you felt a thrill about coming together with them all.
Drive through the countryside with your windows rolled up, air-conditioning on and music cranked up and try to express the experience of motion through the fresh air that smelled of new hay and cows.
If you've never ridden, you can't comprehend. But once you try it, you're hooked for life." - Ian Chadwick
In one of Ted Simon's books, I think it was Dreaming of Jupiter, the later of his around the world novels, he extolled the virtues of motorcycle touring at 50mph. Ted reckoned that by travelling at half a ton the ride was stress free, he had time to take in his surroundings and, at the end of the day, he would always end up at the same destination were he to have blitzed along at 80 or 90mph. Ted makes a very valid point here. Travelling and touring is about enjoying the journey and not so much about arriving, and I reckon he'd have been in his element aboard a Honda XL700V Transalp. If you're into touring like Ted, and looking for a bike that'll outlive you, then you may not find anything better. - Adventure Bike Rider
"The most dangerous risk of all - The risk of spending your life not doing what you want on the bet you can buy yourself the freedom to do it later." - Randy Komisar
Some more of Zonkelnut's wisdom about love, lust and passions.