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Old 07-31-2012, 07:29 AM   #1
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It has been interesting pondering buying a new Moto Guzzi. What has struck me: every brand has a loyal following. Actually each marque is like a religious cult. These cults tend to recruit members, criticize the beliefs and origins of other sects, and generally look inward upon their own theology.

Once in a while I like to write. By nature I am an analog thinker (see oil exploration and geoscience). So this blew out of my tailpipe today.

My current cult, (the band of Ninjas), are perhaps recognized by their bright colors and sounds. We are usually draped in striped fairings, wear full face helmets, and sometimes we scream along the city roads shifting furiously. My faith in Ninja philosophy is marginal, yet I fly the colors. We recognize each other and scrutinize engines and pipes, dip full face helmets, and often wave our armor clad gloves in salute. Fellow brother, hail!

The European religions tend to be very old although here in America there are some native tribes with deep roots and traditions. These mid-American groups tend towards heavy, big chromed-iron, loud pipes, and peculiar uniforms of blue jeans, black shirts, boots, and various chains. Some earn leather cuts with sub-sect patches. A favorite saying is: “what would Gemma do?”. Very often the old religions travel in parades to shrines in the Dakotas.

Recently I encountered an ancient Italian cult based in the northern mountains and lakes of Italy. A proud golden eagle is their standard upon a red oval background. Quite ancient are they with deep racing traditions, style and creativity. Evidence of the MG sect is pretty rare here in the Americas, yet on occasion they are seen with their transverse-V engines. The MGs are often mistaken for other Germanic tribes with their blue and white propellers, or perhaps the red-Dukes from central Italy. The Dukes have a slightly different speaking tongue and origins.

Other cults tend to distain the MG minority here in the Americas. I wonder why at times, but religion is a matter of very personal taste. The Truth (as all believers on two wheels know) is shared by all riders. Yes, there exist many old Gods and splinter sects with prophets. But, we all share riding in joy and freedom believing in the great spirit of two wheels. We should respect each other’s personal religious choices.

I find it interesting to explore a new faith, and the MG cult appears to have many dedicated and true believers. One wonders what lies behind the tall red curtains and initiation into the inner sanctum. Being an investigator from another religion is challenging. Once it is known a seeker is about, many come to evangelize their particular banners.

In the end, I believe in my own personal experience of Truth. I wear a symbol of membership. Yet, I ride my own ride. Memories come back of my youthful years sporting the French-Canadian yellow and black colors on deep snow. We had such innocent faith in those days. Decades have passed. Humanity (with fragile egos) clings to early experience, particularly when choosing a religion and affiliating with a religious sect.

Hmmm, that golden eagle on a red oval is pretty, but can it fly?

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I think this is a brilliant, and insightful piece of writing with many layers of meaning.

Lucydad is indeed making a pilgrimage to the temple of the red disk, with the flying golden eagle. Details and pictures later....

Hmm, what is the Italian word for seven I wonder?

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Hmm, what is the Italian word for seven I wonder?

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Seven = Sette
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Gracia...thinking of a name for her....
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Grats on the eagle! I can't wait for pics!
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August 10th....trade my Ninja colors for the Moto Guzzi golden eagle on red disk...

I will post experiences and pictures. The number seven plates will be off quickly though....
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