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Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance – book review

Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance – book review


So, today I want to talk about a book called Zen and the art of motorcycle
maintenance It’s a pretty cool book I was looking at, I had been listening to some stuff about Buddhism and I thought it was kind of some interesting stuff, so I went to look for a book and I came across this book which is Zen, which refers to Zen Buddhism And how it relates to motorcycle maintenance. So, obviously that caught my attention So, I was looking at it and, it’s pretty interesting It’s by this guy, he rode a motorcycle like across the not across the entire country, but across
a good section of it and basically just talked about things Uh, it’s not really about motorcycle maintenance, but it’s kind of in a way because it relates about how when you do things, like when you take care of your bike, a lot of it matters how you feel when you do it it’s a reflection of you. Like, I’ve only read half of it so far, but you know, it’s a 400-page book so half of it has been 200 pages and it tells you about things like um, that when you go through a manual for the repairs that you want to make and not just on a bike, on any vehicle, or a piece of technology the most important thing is to see what you’re. To, that as a good first step, which is missing from from all the manuals on how to on how to fix these things it’s missing the
fact that first and foremost you have to be at
peace and you have to like what you’re doing you have to be, you have to enjoy it and you
have to emphasize putting quality into your work
and, you know, it might sound kind of silly you know, because obviously you want to you want to do it right, but he says that where a lot of people wrong when fixing
their their things is that they just want to fix it, do what the manual says be like, you know, turn yourself into a
machine that does basically brings the manual, that does what’s specified on the manual and he says that that’s not really the way you should approach it. You have to add creativity to it, and that is how you you do a good job because believe it or not, there’s a lot of creativity
involved there’s a different ways to do each thing and a lot of people are scared to diverge from what what the instruction manual tells you. but this guy has some experience in the
field and he says the instruction manual really is just written by the one guy at the factory that has a lot of time on his hands because he’s not really very good, but he’ll just basically, someone will just write down things he says, he doesn’t I mean, he uses his judgment but it’s not really it doesn’t, the process that some people think goes into putting forth the instructions or the recommendations is not really as the strict as some people give it credit to be and the thing is, it’s not that strict there’s really other ways to go about it.
you know, and you have to look at the form and the
function of all the the parts that you’re working on and and try to envision how they work
and and find a way to make them work better you should be able to determine these things even without the manual you could use it as a reference, but the manual’s not, the start and he end. It’s, it’s just the a rough guide basically and you really can put some creativity into your work so, like the reason people are, you know, will
pass up a job like to a mechanic which, you know, mechanics often do
bad jobs I have never sent my bike to a mechanic
because it’s small and I can work with it, I don’t need a lift or anything I mean, I can’t pick it up, but actually maybe I can, you know, so obviously, I don’t, I have basically all the tools I need, at least for the majority of things which need to get done on it, and so I often, like when I fix it like, I just like I had an issue a year ago, it wouldn’t turn on, I didn’t know why but I basically just went through the whole bike, piece by piece and saw each thing, and I think that I did put a lot of that into it, Like I I just, I really cared about what I do. and because, I really like my bike and I want to take care of it, I want to make sure everything is working properly
everything is clean and, I don’t know like what was wrong with it, but in the end, I put it back together and it was working fine. In the end, I think it was just the battery that was dead because I just charged it for longer, and then it did turn on so that was probably, so I probably did the whole thing for nothing but it wasn’t bad like I felt like I learned I, I got to know the bike, and whereas my car like, I mean, I spent thousands of dollars to get things fixed that just don’t get fixed in the end you know, and it is because some mechanics, they
really don’t care for their work They um, you know, they, they’re quick to like uh, they say oh, thing is broken we’re just going to replace it. Like, a lot of times, the things that get replaced, they. Like, if you’ve got a I, actually, the first time I went to a mechanic it was because my turn signal wasn’t working you know, on my car and I remember I had gone to mechanics, and they were like oh, you got to get a new turn signal and
it was like, it was very expensive for a turn signal it was like, a couple of hundred dollars or something Like, it was ridiculous, you know, and I was like, there’s no way, I mean this turn signal it doesn’t work right, which reminds me, I have to turn but it’s definitely not, you know, I don’t think it needs to be replaced and eventually I did find one mechanic and basically what he did was, he took it out, like the whole turn signal he just cleaned it out, and he put it back in, and it worked! and actually, I passed the car down to my mom, and it still works! the turn signal. It’s like, these things that people don’t care about and they just, they’ll, you know, something’s not working, you’ll just take it out and put a new piece in. Really, it’s you can save a lot of money if you just, if you just enjoy what you do. Like, if you think of it as work, a lot of times, people would rather spend like two hundred dollars with the mechanic to do like the repair that needs to be done, and usually do it, a pretty shitty job of it rather than just spending like a couple of hours of their time taking the thing apart, like trying to figure out what could be the problem, and really enjoying it, you know. Like, and that, that’s the reason, if you enjoy it, then it’s not work. You know, when you if you do it yourself, it’s not like really labor, because you’re your approach is what has to be the most important thing. You have to
approach it with uh, with care. approach it like you know, like when you go to a movie you don’t think like oh, man I have to go to this movie put in two hours here to go watch the movie. No, the movie is, it’s interesting, you’re going to learn something I mean maybe not learn something, but you’re going to see some fun stuff, you know and that’s the same approach you have to have, but in order to have that approach you to be at peace, you have to think to yourself how, you know, like, this is what I want to do, I want to do like high quality work here I want to take care of my things and, you know, have a sense of interest about what’s going to, about what you’ll find once you once you, you know, dive in to this work this repair work that you’re about to do. So, that’s that’s pretty much it. I’m going to read the other half of the book I think the other half is mostly about Zen and other topics um, I guess if you guys like this video, I’ll make a review on the other half Maybe I’ll I’ll review just the, because, you know, it’s a really big book, it’s a lot of theories into it, but that’s one part of it. Alright, so see ya.

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