The art of meditation on a motorcycle

Meditation by Motorcycle

Many riders enjoy the solitude and mental focus of riding a motorcycle and now author John Metzger expands on how meditation can help you reach motorcycling nirvana.

His book, Meditation by Motorcycle – Ride Your Carbon Footprint to the Apex of Enlightenment, is available as an 88-page eBook online through Amazon for $6.60 and will soon be available as an illustrated paperback.

John, 58, of Colorado, previously wrote Motorcycling Through Midlife which shows baby boomers how to manage the dangerous adolescent urges of “midlife crisis”.

Motorcycling Through Midlife is also available as a Kindle edition for $3.99 through Amazon.

In 2015, John quit running his marketing firm and is now helping riders on a more transcendental level.

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Meditation mantra

John says he was assigned a transcendental meditation mantra at the age of 11, but soon discovered that peace and tranquility weren’t for him.

Instead, he was seduced by the horsepower and speed of motorcycles.

His new book shares his spiritual lessons learned over a lifetime of riding and makes the case that motorcycling is the best way to find elusive nirvana moments in a high-pressure world.Meditation by Motorcycle

“We respect the ancient wisdom, but instead seek mindfulness and presence through the cosmic forces of internal combustion, adrenalin and an expanded carbon footprint,” he says.

“The motorcycle enables the perfect relationship between rhythmic movement and internal stillness, drawing out the physical life force like no other.”

John uses humour and irony to advocate the ethics of pragmatic technique, safety and courtesy versus a culture fuelled by anger, cheap thrills and perpetual adolescence.

Reading his book might just help you become a safer and better rider.

About the author

Meditation by Motorcycle author John Metzger and wife Catherine on his Suzuki
Meditation by Motorcycle author John Metzger and wife Catherine on his Suzuki V-Strom

John and his wife, Catherine, live at the base of Winter Park ski area where he is a ski instructor in winter and ride the twisty, 11,000-foot (3350m) Berthoud Pass in the summer.

He rode in enduro and cross-country competitions as a youth, pit-crewed for some club road racers and last year sold his “beloved 1975 BMW R 90 S after 33 years.

“After riding for over 40 years I have never been down to one bike until now with my 2009 Suzuki V-Strom DL 1000, but a BMW S 1000 XR is planned for the next ride,” he says.

John started the Motomarathon Association in 2009 to organise long-distance sport-touring rides around the USA.

Upcoming four-day rides are in West Virginia, September 28-October 1 and the Colorado Motomarathon from September 8-11.

  • Do you meditate when you are riding? Leave your comments below.

7 Comments

  1. Yup. Concentration is the key.
    I found out the hard way about 4 years ago, when I had too much crap on my mind.
    Punctured lung, 4 ribs, 5 vertebra, hand & wrist fractures wakes you up pretty bloody quickly

  2. Motorcycling gives freedom in the sense that it forces you to enter a conidtion where you have to concentrate on one thing only: ride. This byitselfs helps you leave behind other problems and worries.
    Howerver, as soon as you start riding, you get used to the condition of leaving your problems behind and you are now able to enjoy the ride, feel the air, see, smell and hear.

    It is a form of meditation.

  3. As theraputical as riding is (especially away),
    as someone who meditates daily (before sunrise), sitting in a chair, I could not fathom to do it while riding… If at any time, even for a fraction of a second I loose focus, it becomes an “Oh…f**k!”, scary moment.
    Each to their own. I would not mix the two together.

    1. I think even if you don’t notice it, it is a way of dissolving the ego by the pure focus on your external environment and internal relationship to the bike and how it affects your path through that environment. It is not necessarily mindfulness, as you don’t have the mental room to reflect on those experiences, but more a simple kind of being in the moment without reflection, similar to how an animal might experience the world, without the burden of an ego.

  4. Motorcycling is about being more in touch, with nature, out on the open road, leaving your cares and worries behind for a while, you concentrate on the experience.

  5. Not sure if I meditate but I do find it a great way to leave problems behind and switch off – I don’t use intercoms or music when I’m riding – I listen to the bike, smell the smells good and bad and just concentrate on riding safely. When I get back from a ride I always feel relaxed and invigorated . I guess that’s what he’s trying h to explain.

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