Desiderider

Go swiftly amidst the noise and haste,
And remember what joy there may be in motorcycling.
As far as possible, without surrender,
Be on good terms with all dealers.

Twist your throttle quickly and quietly,
And listen for others,
Even the dull and ignorant cagers;
They too, have their rights to the road.

Avoid loud pipes and aggressive drivers,
They are vexations to the spirit.

If you ride with others,
You may become vain and bitter,
For there will always be faster and slower persons than yourself.

Enjoy your rides as well as planning them.

Keep interested in your own bike, however humble,
It is a real possession in the changing fortunes of time.

Exercise caution in your riding;
For the world is full of assholes.

But let this not blind you to what pleasure there is;
Many persons strive for excellent riding;
And everywhere life is full of good riding experiences.

Be yourself.

Especially do not feign affection for other bikes.

Neither be cynical about other bikes;
For in the face of all cages and accidents
They are as perennial as the grass.

Take kindly the counsel of years,
Gracefully surrendering the rashness of youth.

Nurture good riding skills to shield you in sudden misfortune.
But do not distress yourself with imagined problems.

Many fears are born of fatigue and loneliness.

Beyond an overpowering desire to ride,
Be gentle with yourself.

You are a child of the universe,
No less than the trees and the stars;
You have a right to be here and out on the road.

And whether or not it is clear to you,
No doubt the road is winding as it should.

Therefore be at peace with your ideal bike,
Whatever you conceive it to be,
And whatever your labours and aspirations,
In the noisy confusion of bikes,
Keep peace in your soul.

With all its sham,
Drudgery and broken dreams,
It is still a beautiful experience to go riding.

Be careful.

Strive to be happy.


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