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  • Writer's pictureEben Lee Hall

That about sums it up...

Updated: Nov 8, 2020

Motorcycling has been adopted by different groups from many nations, cultures, and subcultures. It’s a sublime experience, therapeutic, introspection on a machine. It’s the freedom of the open road and being on two wheels that nothing else can match. You use all your senses, you concentrate, you focus your energy, your full dedication and attention. Being alone on a motorbike can leave your mind free of distraction and clutter and can provide much needed emotional space. You feel a greater sense of freedom when viewing the world from two wheels, you are somehow more able to interact with and explore the world around you. When traveling by motorbike, you engage all your senses, you feel the air temperatures change, you smell the world around you, you move with the turns. Getting on two wheels opens you up to whole other worlds of fun, adventure and possibilities. It changes your relationship with the road, with your commute, with your travels. As a motorcyclist you’ll frequently be happy to use any superficial excuse to get out and ride, and as a result of this you’ll get to know your town, city, and county better than most, and over time, you’ll develop a fondness for your little part of the world and start to realize that you're pretty happy there. Motorcycle adventuring is truly one of the best ways to get the most out of both your motorbike and the great outdoors. Like touring on a motorcycle, adventure motorcycling usually involves an extended trip to an adventurous location. The whole point of adventure motorcycling is to experience a bit of danger, excitement, and, of course, adventure. Adventure motorcycling is a thrilling combination of dirt bike riding, motorcycle camping, and motorcycle touring—all of which share one important characteristic: the thrill of overcoming adverse situations. Enthusiasts of adventure motorcycle travel know that they need to be able to handle a variety of terrains and road surfaces, be it terrible weather, mechanical breakdowns, bumpy roads, or whatever else the universe decides to throw your way. Adventure motorcycling is all about pushing your bike to its limits and having a blast while you’re at it. Along the way, learn the value of taking breaks. Even if you don't think you're tired you should regularly stop, turn off the bike, have a coffee, and listen to the world for a few minutes. When you get back on the road you'll be surprised at how much more focused you are. Make enough long-distance journeys and you’ll discover that all you really need fits into a single bag. The best part is that this decluttered mindset will also make its way into your non-riding life, and you’ll be much better off as a result. Two wheels can take you almost anywhere in the world, and there are a few places in the world where only two wheels can take you.

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