Speed masters throttle up: space, time and the sacred journeys of recreational motorcyclists

Hutch, Richard (2007) Speed masters throttle up: space, time and the sacred journeys of recreational motorcyclists. International Journal of Motorcycle Studies, 3 2: 1-6.

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Author Hutch, Richard
Title Speed masters throttle up: space, time and the sacred journeys of recreational motorcyclists
Journal name International Journal of Motorcycle Studies   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1931-275X
Publication date 2007-07
Year available 2007
Sub-type Article (original research)
Open Access Status File (Publisher version)
Volume 3
Issue 2
Start page 1
End page 6
Total pages 6
Place of publication Fort Lauderdale, FL, United States
Publisher International Journal of Motorcycle Studies
Language eng
Subject 449900 Other Philosophy and Religion
Formatted abstract
Ever since the appearance of the popular book Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance: An Inquiry into Values by Robert M. Pirsig in 1974, an association between motorcycles and inner personal change has existed. Furthermore, motorcycles have been associated also with revolutionary political change, as the South American diaries of the Cuban revolutionary, Che Guevara, suggest. Commentators, such as Cintio Vitier who writes the introduction to the diaries, locate this story squarely within the development of Che’s political radicalism, itself originating his “wholehearted and spiritual” quest on the noisy motorcycle, La Ponderosa II (Guevara 16). A good deal of the popular literature about motorcycles could be thought to be strung out on a trajectory that stretches from a sense of what life ordinarily is to what it might become, a movement of awareness and thought towards something unnamed that will outlast the “here and now,” or space and time as currently understood.

Most sporting activity is not about long-term activity, but about the “here and now,” and how a person performs in a particular configuration of space-time. By means of studying the “here and now” in a number of significant moments, an historical understanding of sporting performance builds up, just as individuals and societies undergo development in an open-ended manner over time...
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