Zen & the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance

It's all about the ride!

It’s all about the ride!

A classic book which, according to the Independent recently, was rejected 121 times by publishers before it finally became a classic.  We writers can take some small comfort from that.

In the recent bank holiday, with all that great weather, I had a chance to get out on my motorbike.

Which got me thinking…riding a bike is a lot like life.

You need, as the rider, the right equipment for what you want to do: a bike that fits you, gear that protects you and a map to guide you.

You’ll need to take care of your machine if you want it to perform well.  It needs care and attention through good maintenance, regular check ups and servicing, and finally, fuel in the tank and air in the tyres.

Much the same as you and your body.

Planning your route, you need to have an idea of where you want to get to, and how you’re going to get there.  You need goals and milestones, but you need to be flexible enough to be able to accommodate the odd hiccup and diversion, as well as take advantage of the occasional pleasant surprise that might pop up along the journey.

Much the same as life.

There are times when you can open her up and ride fast, whilst at other times it really pays to slow down, either to appreciate the countryside around you, or because there’s a nasty bend coming up.

Much the same as any journey.

There’s a balance between control and letting the bike do what it does best, and, if you hold on too tightly, it can really screw up the relationship between the two of you…and feels like hard work instead of the fun it could be.

Much the same as any relationship.

Yes, riding a bike well, is a lot like living a good life…you want some idea of where you’re going, you want to be relaxed enough to accommodate the odd hiccup, diversion, and pleasant surprise, and you want allow your relationships to have the right balance.

But most of all remember: in biking, as in life…it’s all about the ride!


Allison Agius writes modern, gritty spiritual fiction for the thinking person, designed to challenge, inspire and entertain.

You can view her books on Amazon at  http://goo.gl/W48P4



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Allison Agius lives in the North East of England with her husband.  They have five children between them. 

When she’s not working or writing she spends her time riding her Honda Hornet (in the summer), running (in the summer) and eating chocolate!