You see things vacationing on a motorcycle in a way that is completely different from any other. In a car you are always in a compartment, and because you are used to it you don't realize that through that car window everything you see is just more TV. You're a passive observer and it is all moving by you boringly in a frame.
On a cycle the frame is gone. You're completely in contact with it all. You're in the scene, not just watching it anymore, and the sense of presence is overwhelming. That concrete whizzing by five inches below your foot is the real thing,the same stuff you walk on, it is right there, so blurred you can't focus on it, yet you can put your foot down and touch it anytime, and the whole thing, the whole experience, is never removed from immediate consciousness.
Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance by Robert M. Pirsig
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.