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The Beauty of Speed

Motorcycling & The Beauty of Speed

What is it about speed that captivates the heart of a motorcyclist? The options are endless.

At speed our minds are clear. All of the stress and pressure we carry with throughout the days and years of our lives are lifted from our shoulders and left in the dust behind us. At speed a motorcylist is sharp and focused. Anxiety forgotten.

The world’s magnificence has been enriched by a new beauty: the beauty of speed.

All of the sensations are triggered at speed. Take a motorcycle out to do exactly what it was made for and it will reward you with a sound that will make your heart smile. A motorcycle’s engine sings rhythmically at a steady roar, between a choir of peaks and valleys as you roll your way through the gears and the engine revs. As you accelerate and travel faster the colors and things become blurry around the edges. You’re flying. Smells are quickly entering and leaving helmet. You’re not just a spectator in a case of steele and glass. You experience everything.

The Beauty of Speed

They say working out becomes an addiction to those who frequent the gym often. As a motorcyclist I understand. Extremes can cause our body to release dopamine. Working out, motorcycle riding, or shooting heroin have at least one thing in common: the dopamine fix. It’s that speed in motorcycling. That good feeling. That’s the dopamine fix. It’s a natural and beautiful high. And imagine how much more it would’ve been appreciated by people like Marinetti in 1909, who might’ve never imagined travelling so quickly, just a few decades earlier.

God bless the beauty of speed on a motorcycle.

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  1. One of the finest racing journalists of our time, Brock Yates, wrote an outstanding article for Playboy magazine back in the late 60’s or early 70’s, entitled “Why Men Speed” (still trying to get my hands on a reprint, either paper or digital). As befits any conversation about why men (and SOME women) do some of the crazy things we do, there was an illustration of a hand-gun on the title page of his story.
    In his renowned, poetic style, Yates waxed philosophical about the ‘inner cravings of the beast’, our animal desire for danger and the age old theory that if you’re not living life on the edge…you’re taking up far too much space.
    Brock was the founder of the famous Cannonball Run, the no-holds-barred, trans-continental road race from New York to Los Angeles and actually won the race with co-pilot Dan Gurney driving a Ferrari 365 GTB back in 1971. (They did NY to LA in about 38 hours.) Now THERE’s a guy who knew about the need for speed!

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