BOULDER, Colo.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Motorcycling Through Midlife is a new book from Motomarathon Association Press that shows baby boomers how to manage the dangerous adolescent urges of “midlife crisis” through the author’s personal journey on a motorcycle.
“Though it’s a dangerous hobby fueled by subconscious adolescent cravings, motorcycling can be the finest expression of youthful joy and freedom if approached with the wisdom of midlife – and before we get too old.”
With stylish self-realization blended with a bit of Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, author John Metzger builds on the premise that baby boomers are the first generation to live long enough to begin ritualizing midlife’s transitions from young adult to old age. The midlife yearning to relive youth’s foolish bravado is the deadliest symptom in need of adult supervision, which Metzger claims has drawn millions of his fellow boomers to spend billions on motorcycles over the last 30 years.
Fueled by a culture of perpetual adolescence, the trend is accelerating today with more women riders, more GenXers entering midlife – and almost everyone choosing form over function with Harley-inspired, ergonomically unsafe “cruisers” – all contributing to record-breaking sales and soaring accident rates.
Metzger calls on his generation to approach motorcycling with the wisdom of adulthood in favor of the rebel mindset of immortal youth, and with more sporting soul than fashion statement. His own journey evolves beyond the leathered-thug lifestyle and laid-back riding position to a more skilled and safety-conscious search for “Nirvana Moments” of well being and Zen-like buzz on more modern motorcycles. Such flashes of coming-of-age fun melt away his midlife pain and lead to the author’s state-of-the-art: long-distance sport-touring in search of the best roads. It ends up being about the riding, not just looking the part, and thus the book’s sub-title: The Call of the Corner.
“I wrote this book for my fellow baby boomers who are thinking about taking up motorcycling, or already have,” said Metzger. “Though it’s a dangerous hobby fueled by subconscious adolescent cravings, motorcycling can be the finest expression of youthful joy and freedom if approached with the wisdom of midlife – and before we get too old.”
Published by the Motomarathon Association Press, first edition paperbacks of Motorcycling Through Midlife can be purchased for $15 in The Shop at www.motomarathon.com.