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Anyone ever read Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance? That was actually a strong factor in my desire to get a motorcycle.

One of my favorite quotes:

"I suppose you could call that a personality. Each machine has its own, unique personality which could probably be defined as the intuitive sum total of everything you know and feel about it. This personality constantly changes, usually for the worse, but sometimes surprisingly for the better, and it is this personality that is the real object of motorcycle maintenance. The new ones start out as good-looking strangers and, depending on how they are treated, degenerate rapidly into bad-acting grouches or even cripples, or else turn into healthy, good-natured, long-lasting friends. This one, despite the murderous treatment it got at the hands of those alleged mechanics, seems to have recovered and has been requiring fewer and fewer repairs as time goes on."
 

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I've read it twice, once when I was a young man and again about two years ago. It's an interesting book on several levels, but actually has little to do with motorcycle maintenance on a practical level. It's more about the main characters journey to re find and re connect himself after his breakdown and subsequent electro shock treatment.
It's a good read if you like this kind of book. Don't read it it you think it's a motorcycle repair manual.
 
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