It is possible to feel more alone on a motorcycle than anywhere at rest. When you are sealed in your apartment, or even standing in a secret field halfway up a mountain, there is always the chance that someone could find you; someone could call, could spot you from a plane, could come walking up any moment. Knowing where I can hide if necessary is always on my mind, and where else but on a bike is there somewhere truly safe to be? On a bike, there are people all around, in a car in the next lane not five feet away, but they can't get you. You are spared by the burden of words. Your thoughts are pinned close to your head by the helmet, where they may exit only a fraction of an inch from your scalp but then stay to buzz around, thousands of little trapped sand flies.

"Riding on a motorcycle can make you feel joyous, powerful, peaceful, frightened, vulnerable, and back out to happy again, perhaps in the same ten miles. It is life compressed, its own answer to the question "Why?"

The Perfect Vehicle by Melissa Holbrook Pierson


Kazim - Kazoom - Uzunoglu

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  • 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.