Motorcycle Expressions

Of the numerous expressions, mottoes, proverbs, colloquialisms, etc., related to motorcycling some can be inspirational, such as “When life throws you a curve, lean into it,” while others – “Loud pipes save lives” – simply foolhardy.

Like political campaign slogans, with enough repetition a truthiness becomes attached to said expression, regardless any factual data. A retort to the loud pipes claim has emerged: “If loud pipes save lives, imagine what learning to ride that thing could do.”

In our best Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance fashion we selected 10 axioms of wisdom and arranged them in a somewhat chronological order of appearance. From novice motorcyclist to grizzled old biker, here are some expressions a motorcyclist can live by.