The lessons taught by the motorcycle are many; Ten of these shall be known as “Ets” and shall be considered fundamental to the practice of being a Zen Biker. All of them are of equal importance and form a synthesis, yet an order presents itself. This, then, is the Fifth Et.
KNOW WHEN TO GET OFF THE BIKE.
In life, and on the road, there are times when we feel the need to push, further and harder and onward and upward.
This is not bad in itself. Every limit exists to be expanded.
But it is important, fundamental, to know when that limit has been expanded far enough. There comes a point when forcing yourself onward is only an act of worship of the ego, which is not the important thing.
On the road, you suffer injury by forcing yourself to remain in the riding position, gripping the bars and burning in the wind and sun.
When writing, too much reworking and editing will bury the point of your story, if you ever finish it at all.
When working, you lose your edge beyond a certain point and your work suffers along with your health.
When drawing or painting, too many lines or too much paint turns your paper or canvas into mud.
Too many notes makes a good song boring.
On and on, the same story through every aspect of life.
Every ride has an end. There is no shame in that.
That is the Truth, and the Truth rides a motorcycle.