Zen Motorcyclist: No Mud, No Lotus

Jun 22, 2020 View Comments by

I almost didn’t submit a column for this issue, not wanting to revisit the events of last summer, but many years ago on the advice of a dear friend I promised myself I’d write what’s true for me and hope it finds a sympathetic ear. As you’re reading this, riding season is well underway, but […]

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Zen Motorcyclist: Wander Often, Wonder Always

Jun 01, 2020 View Comments by

The photograph that accompanies this column was taken by my friend Bob on a ride a year or so ago. We had planned a three-day trip to a BMW rally in Wellsboro, PA, near the Grand Canyon of Pennsylvania (Pine Creek Gorge). It’s a beautiful area a few hundred miles from my home. We planned […]

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Zen Motorcyclist: A Little Bit of Everything

May 18, 2020 View Comments by

“Whether one moves slowly or with speed, the one who is a seeker will be a finder.”—Rumi— A couple of years ago I was touring Shenandoah National Park in Virginia with my friend Ken and his wife Cindy. I used the occasion to extend a solo trip and rode south through several state parks to meet […]

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Zen Motorcyclist: Soothed Through Movement

Apr 01, 2020 View Comments by

When my daughter was little, maybe six or seven, I took her outside on a summer night and we climbed a ladder up to the roof of our house to look at the moon and stars. I’ll never forget it; she looked at me with wide eyes and said, “are we allowed to?” I said, […]

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Zen Motorcyclist: A Curious Collection

Feb 24, 2020 View Comments by

I’m not by nature a collector of things. I’m actually somewhat of a minimalist and don’t much care for clutter. Tonight, though, I find myself in the garage, on my sofa, looking around at the assortment of items and motorcycles that decorate and beautify the one place, off the bike, where I find the most […]

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Zen Motorcyclist : In Memory of a Friend

Dec 17, 2019 View Comments by

I had other ideas for this column, but today I find myself unable to write a single word about anything other than the loss of my dear friend Bob Walden, who died tragically in a motorcycle accident in August in Virginia. Bob and I met through RoadRUNNER after his complimentary letter about one of my […]

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Waypoints, Volume I: Zen Motorcyclist: Inspiration For All Riders

Nov 30, 2019 View Comments by

In this collection of essays, motorcycle journalist Bud Miller touchingly and eloquently shares introspections and lessons learned during his more than 200,000 miles traveled on a motorcycle. Although his writings originated from the metaphorical waypoints visited along his riding journeys, riders and nonriders alike will find plenty to enjoy in these meditations on life, loss, […]

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Zen Motorcyclist: Joy Made Double

Sep 23, 2019 View Comments by

I recently met a young man named Matthew at my garage who came to rent my Bonneville T100 for the day. He said he had grown up in my area and now lived out of state but wanted a bike to ride for the day with his old riding buddy. We got together through a […]

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Life Lessons and Inspiration For Motorcyclists

Aug 28, 2019 View Comments by

In this 48-page collection of essays, Waypoints, Volume I: Zen Motorcyclist, motojournalist Bud Miller touchingly and eloquently shares introspections and lessons learned during his more than 200,000 miles traveled on a motorcycle. Although his writings originated from the metaphorical waypoints visited along his riding journeys, riders and nonriders alike will find plenty to enjoy in these […]

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Zen Motorcyclist: Adventures All

Jul 09, 2019 View Comments by

It seems like every February, when I begin working on my article for the May/June issue, I start this chronicle by saying it’s always the hardest one to write, and this year was no different. I awoke to an ice storm, which kept me at home. If you’re anything like me, you can get a […]

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Zen Motorcyclist : Gently They Go

Jun 18, 2019 View Comments by

A few columns ago I was happy to announce my marriage to Dawn. She was raised in southern South Carolina, where her parents still reside. I had spoken with Dawn’s mother and father, Beverly and Jim, prior to our marriage, though we had never met. Shortly after our elopement, Dawn and I planned a trip […]

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Happy Valentine’s Day – Zen Motorcyclist: It’s What We Do

Feb 14, 2019 View Comments by

Our photojournalist and dear friend Bud Miller recently tied the knot with the love of his life and we are all so very happy for him. What could be more beautiful than a story intertwined with love and motorcycles on Valentine’s Day? Check out Bud’s latest Zen Motorcyclist article, “It’s What We Do,” also featured […]

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Zen Motorcyclist: New Additions

Jan 10, 2019 View Comments by

A few years ago I wrote a column titled Four Legs, Two Wheels and a Grateful Heart (July/Aug ’15), in which I spoke of a new motorcycle and a new housemate (my dog Spud) that both came to me during a time when I was broken, physically and emotionally. Each served to help get me […]

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Zen Motorcyclist: Breaking Chains

Sep 26, 2018 View Comments by

I’ve had the idea for this essay in the back of my mind for what seems like years now. It’s a natural part of the independence and self-reliance of motorcycling to want to do at least some of your own maintenance. It’s that way for me even given my less than stellar mechanical aptitude. Dad […]

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Zen Motorcyclist: Lost (and Found)

Jul 29, 2018 View Comments by

This year marks two anniversaries for me, one joyous, one tragic. I’ll celebrate 20 years of motorcycle riding (and nearly 250,000 miles) and also commemorate the 20 years since the premature death of my father, Mr. Bud Miller. This is also the third year since the purchase of another home in my beloved Hellertown, PA, […]

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