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


Kemal Ertem

alt text -- Born in 1961 in Istanbul.

-- Graduated from the private Italian High School and then 9 September University Business Management

-- Worked at hotels for 6 years and then became a licensed guide. Actively guiding in Italian and in English.

-- Married with a 9 year old daughter.

-- Passionate about outdoors and motorcycles. Riding motorcycles since 1998, completed training programs at BMW's Hechlingen Park.