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Why We Ride : A Psychologist Explains the Motorcyclist's Mind and the Relationship Between Rider, Bike, and Road - Mark Barnes

Why We Ride

A Psychologist Explains the Motorcyclist's Mind and the Relationship Between Rider, Bike, and Road

Paperback Published: 1st August 2018
ISBN: 9781620082287
Number Of Pages: 240

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Why would anyone want to do something as dangerous as motorcycling? For those who love to ride, no explanation is necessary. For everyone else, there's Why We Ride. Designed as both an explanation for outsiders and an anthem for those within the fold, this new book presents the insights of Mark Barnes, PhD, a motorcycling clinical psychologist.

As a popular columnist at Motorcycle Consumer News for more than 20 years, Dr. Barnes articulates the elusive physical, emotional, and interpersonal elements that make the world of the motorcyclist such a rich and exciting place. His wide-ranging text covers both sports psychology and the psychoanalysis of common riding experiences, including the results of Dr. Barnes' own empirical research. Heartfelt and thought provoking, here is a straightforward account of what makes real motorcyclists tick.

Inside Why We Ride:

  • What makes all the hazards and hardships of riding a motorcycle worthwhile to perfectly sane, intelligent, and responsible individuals.
  • Insights from clinical psychologist and moto-journalist Dr. Mark Barnes.
  • Examination of the complex gratifications, relentlessly compelling passions, and deeply personal experiences that motivate motorcyclists.
  • Sports psychology, psychoanalysis of common riding experiences, and reflections on the author’s personal journey as a rider.
  • Results of the author’s own empirical research on the motives of motorcyclists.
  • Thought-provoking exploration of the human dimension of motorcycling.
  • Special section on how riders achieve the quasi-mystical state of “Flow,” a concept currently at the center of modern sports psychology.

Industry Reviews

Why we Ride--A Psychologist Explains the Motorcyclist's Mind and the Love Affair between Rider, Bike, and Road is entertaining and thought-provoking and well worth a read. --Ultimate Motorcycling
For its concise explanation of the manly art of bench racing alone, Why We Ride is worth reading. --Driving
Becoming a skilled rider requires layering; obtaining skills and polishing them over extended periods of time, refining them and always working to improve. Reading "Why We Ride" can be approached the same way; gradually assimilating stories and the lessons therein, and adopting them for personal use. --Ride-CT
Heartfelt and thought provoking, here is a straightforward account of what really makes motorcyclists tick. --Motorcyclist's Post

Table of Contents




The Survey

Category One: Engagement

Category Two: Autonomy

Category Three: Mastery

Category Four: Exhilaration

Category Five: Transcendence

Category Six: Relaxation

Category Seven: Practicality

Concluding Comments


From the GARAGE

The Joy of Maintenance

Perfect Imperfection

Just Say No

Necessary Evils

Your Rite to Ride

Making it Personal

Necessity is a Mother

Garage Fever

From the ROAD

Human Relations 102

The Verdict

Can't Live with 'em, Can't Live without 'em

Feels Like the First Time...Again

The Call of the Open Road

Get Lost!

What Should Be vs. What Is

Doh! Brain Fade and the Perils of Fatigue

From the TRAIL

Dirty Thoughts

Half the Fun

Back to School

Near-Life Experiences


From the TRACK

Concentrating on Concentration

Learning Curves

The "Trust Me" Line

You Just Can't Get There from Here

From the COUCH (Freud goes for a ride)

Twin Brain - Part One

Twin Brain - Part Two



Spiritual Motorcycling



Riding in the Zone

Motorcycle Camping


Safe Distance


Black Boxes

The Voice of (In)Experience

Loud Pipes Do What?

Top Ten Reasons...


Oh, What a Feeling!

Getting in Touch with Your Inner Cartographer (or not)

From the HEART (personal favorites)


Sensory-Motor Satori

A Cure for What Ails Us

Riding Through the Valley of the Shadow

Giving Ourselves a Hand




Aspect One: Challenge-Skill Balance

Aspect Two: Action-Awareness Merger

Aspect Three: Clarity of Purpose

Aspect Four: Clarity of Feedback

Aspect Five: Present Task Focus

Aspect Six: Paradox of Control

Aspect Seven: Absence of Self-Consciousness

Aspect Eight: Transformation of Time

Aspect Nine: Autotelic Experience

Concluding Comments

ISBN: 9781620082287
ISBN-10: 1620082284
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 240
Published: 1st August 2018
Publisher: Companion House
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.0 x 18.0  x 1.5
Weight (kg): 0.6

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