Soul Rider

Discussion in 'The Perfect Line and Other Riding Myths' started by mikem9, Feb 27, 2013.

  1. mikem9

    mikem9 Wanderer

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    I recently saw this from the surfing world and thought it had similarities with a dynamic in the motorcycling world that many here share. Thoughts?

    "Soul Surfer is a term coined in the 1960s, used to describe a surfer who surfs for the sheer pleasure of surfing. Although they may still enter in competitions, winning is not the soul surfer's main motive, since they scorn the commercialization of surfing. The term denotes a spirituality of surfing.

    As Brad Melekian put it in a 2005 article in Surfer magazine:
    to pursue surfing not just as an athletic endeavor or as a sunny day diversion, but to try to glean whatever lessons you can from the practice. It means being aware of your surroundings, and respectful of the people and places that you interact with. It means being patient, mindful, kind, compassionate, understanding, active, thoughtful, faithful, hopeful, gracious, disciplined and...good.

    The term originates from a 1963 surf instrumental of the same name."
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  2. ShaftEd

    ShaftEd Long timer

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    I would say almost all of us here on advrider don't ride out of practical reasons. We ride because we enjoy it and where it takes us (I don't mean physically where it takes us, but in our heads where it takes us). Is that Soul Riding?

    Hell, I don't know. What I do know is that it may be that feeling you have on a multi-day trip, where you rode all day, got to your hotel or camp site, cracked open a beer (or other beverage), looked at your bike and reminisced about a great day of riding. At that moment, how are you feeling? I think now, you may be a "Soul Rider".:deal

    Damn, now I just fired myself up to plan a road trip!:1drink
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  3. Andy Mc

    Andy Mc Adventurer

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    That's exactly why I ride, to escape to that place, and enjoy that end of day feeling on a long ride. And to realize the next morning that "Wow, I'm days from home on a bike and it's great!". :clap
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  4. HooliKen

    HooliKen Awesome is a flavor

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    Let me guess? North GA got snow for the first time in decades and the redbox pickens were slim. :D

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    Unlike many parts of the world, most of us here ride because we want to, not because we have to.
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  5. Teksah

    Teksah MC Adventuress

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    Sometimes soul riding can be short rides about town....need some oranges, need to pick up something from the Post Office, need an excuse to get on the MC and do/go. Not always do I have time for day trip'n even on the weekends...Any day I can get on the MC is a good day...even for only a ten minute trip..
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  6. mikem9

    mikem9 Wanderer

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    I've only surfed a few times at a beginner level. Got the chance to hang out with a group of middle aged+ (like me) surfers who have surfed all their lives. Listening to them talking to each other about their passion, the places they have visited etc., reminded me very much of getting together with a group of adventure riders. Their appreciation and understanding of geography, travel, weather, local social cultures and the technical issues of their sport was so similar to ours.

    Seeing that comparison has made me more aware of the "soul" side of our sport.
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  7. LWRider

    LWRider Been here awhile

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    Here's my take; a "soul" rider (or surfer or hiker or climber, etc.) is someone who primarily rides for what they get out of the experience internally, rather than externally. For them, riding is its own reward, rather than praise from others.

    Cheers,

    Mike
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  8. ShaftEd

    ShaftEd Long timer

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    Now, that's good stuff.:deal:clap
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  9. ER70S-2

    ER70S-2 Long timer

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    Mikem9:
    Great thread. :D

    I rode 15,000 miles last summer on a DR650 and never got further than 150 miles from the house. Rarely left before noon and I was home every night. :huh

    Nothin' wrong with Day Trippin' :freaky
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  10. windmill

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    I see posts and sig lines here talking about doing X number of miles in X number of hours or days. I understand doing serious miles is sometimes necessary in getting to a destination, but when doing miles is the goal.......................

    Other times its about shipping a bike for a few days riding in some specific location. I understand variety is the spice of life, but when the destination becomes more important than the journey........................

    I appreciate that there are different strokes for different folks. For me the simple act of riding is what I enjoy about riding.
    Miles and destinations can add flavor to the experience, but doing an "iron butt", or "the dragon" make as much sense to me as mixing Bunnahabhain 25 with Coke.


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  11. ShaftEd

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    Absolutely. That's what most of us have to do for our regular riding week in and week out. However, the problem is that we have to come home that day. What's wrong with that? Nothing, but when you get home all the usual issues as still there just the way you left them earlier in the day.

    On a road trip, you end your ride that day away from home. No grass to cut, no bills waiting in the mail, no spouse with whatever problems need your attention. Nope, you are now out and about, and free for just a little while. Time for you and your bike to find your "happy place". And let's face it, in today's modern world, it not often we get to find our happy place. Good times.:D
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  12. miguelitro

    miguelitro Chuchaqui

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    could not have said it better, Tocayo.
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  13. KG6BWS

    KG6BWS Been here awhile

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    Very well said...and one of the reasons i ride alone. Just me, the bike, and the road. Noone else.

    Some people take meds, some see shrinks, I ride.
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  14. Cloudhopper

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    Well said.

    I ride to clear my mind. Like a guy on another forum keyed it once "My bike is my curch, I'm at peace once I'm on it".
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  15. BanjoBoy

    BanjoBoy Been here awhile

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    I recon soul ride'in iz wut separates real riders from posers.
    Seems the harley poser pirates only ride fer the image.

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  16. ttpete

    ttpete Rectum Non Bustibus

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    I'm at the point where I don't go on defined "rides" anymore. The truck sits for most of the summer and bikes are my primary transportation unless it's needed for something too big to go on the bike. Driving's a chore and riding's a pleasure.
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  17. ibafran

    ibafran villagidiot

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    While I agree in essense, the quote is too limiting for myself. The experience is wider for me and includes an appreciation for both the internal and external delights of riding. My commute has to be done. So I might as well make the most of it and do it on the bike extracting its simple joys as possible. And I very much like small group riding because watching my budds ride well and have a good time is nearly as pleasurable as riding myself. I just assume that my budds like watching me ride well as I like watching them? And I get a big kick out of taking a fav pillion for a ride and see their happy eyes after a time on the bike.
    Mark Twain wrote that "a man can live a long time on a good compliment." With that bit of wisdom, I do like to give out a compliment on occasion. Getting such a compliment from a budd is part of the enjopyment, no matter how infrequent it might be.
    There are a lot of ways to enjoy riding. Make the best of each opportunity.
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