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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Zen Motorcyclist: Dandelion Rides

Jun 04, 2018 View Comments by

“So, raise a glass to 
turnings of the season
 and watch it as it arcs 
towards the sun” —Don’t Carry It All, 
The Decemberists   It’s the beginning of February as I write this. February in eastern Pennsylvania is usually a bitter month for me and this is always the most difficult chronicle to write […]

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Zen Motorcyclist: Why We Go Away

Mar 30, 2018 View Comments by

    Why do you go away? So that you can come back. So that you can see the place you came from with new eyes and extra colors and the people there see you differently too. Coming back where you started is not the same as never leaving. —Terry Pratchett, A Hat Full of […]

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Zen Motorcyclist: It’s Not Poison

Jan 19, 2018 View Comments by

My brother and I recently attended a cars and coffee event at SteelStacks, the old Bethlehem, PA, steel site. A gearhead from birth, he was driving a Dodge Challenger, his dream muscle car. I met him on my V-Strom. I had been toying with the idea of getting a new ride, and after hearing me […]

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Zen Motorcyclist: Old is New Again

May 23, 2017 View Comments by

“It’s not what you look at that matters, it’s what you see.” —Henry David Thoreau It’s early February and I haven’t ridden much in weeks due to weather, but I have kept myself busy with other motorcycle-related projects. I find myself at a crossroads physically, dealing with the still lingering side effects of Lyme disease […]

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Zen Motorcyclist: Teammates Old and New

Nov 25, 2016 View Comments by

A few weeks ago I received an email from the athletic department of DeSales University, which I graduated from with a degree in mathematics way back in 1987. I was to be inducted into the Athletic Hall of Fame at a banquet in late September during alumni weekend. The news came as quite a surprise […]

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Zen Motorcyclist: The Means to Notice It All

Sep 22, 2016 View Comments by

This past Mother’s Day, my girlfriend Erica and I rode to a farm not far from my home that she had lived on for a time. We were visiting the owner, Sally, who Erica had grown close to during the time she spent there and who she’s remained friends with ever since. As I approached […]

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Zen Motorcyclist: Coming Alive

Oct 04, 2015 View Comments by

Motorcycle Meditation – “Don’t ask yourself what the world needs; ask yourself what makes you come alive. And then go and do that. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.” —Harold Thurman I like the mental exercise of thinking and writing about the ways in which motorcycling has made me come […]

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RoadRUNNER Behind the Scenes: Zen Motorcyclist

Mar 24, 2015 View Comments by

Long time followers of RoadRUNNER’s blog, as well as readers of the magazine, will be familiar with Bud Miller’s long running blog turned column called Zen Motorcyclist. We asked Bud to share his motorcycling history as well as the inspiration for his writing. “Many people are raised riding motorcycles; I came to riding quite late […]

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