There are moments on a motorcycle when all the glory of motion is distilled into one purposeful package. Chasing curves over a swelling landscape, a motorcycle enters the pure expression of physics and is bound to the road in a way no car will ever know. The rider and machine are literally balanced on the infinitely thin line where centripetal force meets gravity. Despite this state of suspended disaster, the sensation of risk is largely a sensation; the motorcycle is in harmony with the road, and risk comes overwhelmingly from other drivers. Any moment of travel on a motorcycle is a light and essential moment, an agile rebuke to a life conducted in one place. The raw force of the engine is not hidden beneath a hood, but alternately purrs and growls a few inches from the knees, demanding the consciousness of power. Sealed behing glass, insulated by climate control systems and music, the driver of a car knows nothing about the directions of the wind, the lay of sunlight, the small changes in temperature between a peak and a valley, the textured noise of differing asphalts, or the sweet and sour aromas of manured fields or passing pine forests. Engaged in all the senses and elements, balanced in the present tense, a rider on two wheels can taste moments of oneness with the road.
Chasing Che by Patrick Symmes
Kazim - Kazoom - Uzunoglu
Born in 1968.
Started riding bicycles soon after learning to walk.
Graduated from Robert College, an American High School in Istanbul.
Became a licensed tour guide at the age of 19, started guiding tours in Turkey.
Graduated from University of Virginia in 1992 with a BA in Economics.
Motorcycling became a passion after university.
Worked at Finance Department at 3M Turkey and then as the CFO of a Turkish conglomerate for 3 years. Got bored crunching numbers wearing the suit and tie every day. Wanted to have a more independent life and roam the world on 2 wheels.
Started organizing motorcycle tours in 2000 as an attempt to merge experience in travel industry and motorcycling.
Now own a fully licensed tour operator and a small hotel in Istanbul. Have the unstoppable urge to organize and lead a tour anywhere in the world.