Why Do Motorcycle Riders Brag About "Freedom"?


Everyone knows that "Motorcycle" is synonymous with "Freedom" ... but why? Motorbikes have the same dynamics as bicycles and go to the same places as cars - what's so free about that?

Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance: frt9.co/pki2ox
Fair warning - this is a challenging read. Asking what makes freedom "free" is child's play compared to Pirsig's query: what makes good "good"? Fascinating!

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  • ossa60
    ossa606 timer siden

    people who hitch hike or ride a bus feel a lot more free than bikers.....I ride motorcycles but I never think that's synonimous with freedom. When you have to push it after it suffers a puncture, when it doesn't run because of some mechanical problem, when you have to spend hours and hours doing paper work in customs just to enter another country, when you can't find fuel in the middle of nowhere, etc., etc...that's no freedom!!!

  • TheJespah
    TheJespah19 timer siden

    These were very true. You can just hop on a motorcycle in the morning and get off in the evening without touching your phone for the whole day. You didn't even think about it or about any other normaly pressing matters in your life. It was just you, maybe a friend, your bike and the road. That is what the "freedom" motorcyclists talk about is.

  • Bruce
    Bruce23 timer siden

    It is Not actually Freedom But more so "Aliveness"... Until the Lazy Fuker who doesn't use their side view mirrors or turning their head to LOOK,,, while talking on their mobile phone, dives into your lane and knocks you of your bike!!!

  • MiMundoGeek
    MiMundoGeekDag siden

    Freedom is on Latino America where Filtering is Allowed 100% no trafic at all

  • Thorn Spitfire
    Thorn Spitfire2 dager siden

    Screw you, I need glasses.

  • ZackCornelsen
    ZackCornelsen2 dager siden

    You are speaking poetry my man. Best 3 min video of the year

  • Gaurav S
    Gaurav S2 dager siden

    Ryan&F9 team, I've canceled my Netflix subscription......I am counting on you guys to deliver 😀

  • The Dreaming Singer
    The Dreaming Singer2 dager siden

    To anyone who lives in a seemingly uninteresting flat state with barely any areas with natural beauty like florida or the part i stay in atleast. Put your phone gps on the way to your next trip on no highway and no tolls and see how many beautiful places you come across and how good it feels not being constantly threatened by the amount of cars that surround you. I’ve done it on almost every trip thats like over an hour ride and the feeling of riding on those rodes is just majestic

  • FireHazardTK
    FireHazardTK2 dager siden

    what's with the audio here? 0:27

  • Kainã Aguiar Ferreira
    Kainã Aguiar Ferreira2 dager siden

    Batalha de NOlocalrs! Batalha com o mussomano!

  • Wung Yao
    Wung Yao3 dager siden

    Was reading this book and lo got featured here

  • Skid Worx
    Skid Worx3 dager siden

    Who knew you were such a deep thinker.. I haven't had feels like this since the last time is listened to Bob Seger.

  • Fabio Punk
    Fabio Punk4 dager siden

    With all respect, I find that book overrated. I tried to read it four times. Four. Yes. First in english, then my mother language, then again in English after I learned this language better. No way to get to the end. I reached my conclusions. They are explained in my book that describes a trip across the US north east riding my bike Peace to all

  • Bill
    Bill4 dager siden

    Freedom is also driving in my 4Runner wearing shorts, t-shirt, flip flops when is 100f or 20f outside and snowing. Then napping in the back. A car might be a "cage" but so is a helmet and full suit, body armour, especially in summer. No one ever got a BJ on a motorcycle while driving down the road.

  • Izhaaq 996
    Izhaaq 9964 dager siden

    Wise words

  • James Mcguinness
    James Mcguinness5 dager siden

    Always feel like it's just Americans that bang on about freedom everywhere else just looks at them as another form of transport that has cheaper insurance, road tax and petrol (gas).

  • Michael Centner
    Michael Centner5 dager siden

    Don’t want a frame, buy a convertible.

  • Richard
    Richard5 dager siden

    This channel is the "Top gear" of motorcycles, when Top gear was hoted by Richard, Jeremy and James of course.

  • Sagacious Eagle
    Sagacious Eagle5 dager siden

    Short answer, no frame.

  • Ken Deater
    Ken Deater5 dager siden

    We need a 20/30 minute version of this! Thanks Fort 9, you never disappoint!

  • Steven Evidente
    Steven Evidente5 dager siden

    Happy? Just ride. Sad? Just ride. Angry? Just ride (to cool off, not to look for a fight). It might be a cliche, but in travelling on a motorcycle, its always about the journey, not the destination.

  • Noah McNeill
    Noah McNeill5 dager siden

    Motorcyclists are keenly aware of the risk/reward paradigm every time they throw a leg over a bike. They acutely understand that to feel alive, to be free, one must acknowledge tangible dangers and take them head on. Only through embracing risk in the pursuit of something better, can we ever know what achievement, purpose, or joy feels like. Tell that to someone in the era of COVID.

  • Tony Rule
    Tony Rule5 dager siden

    Top quality, as always.

  • glen wallace
    glen wallace6 dager siden

    Zen and the art is one of the hardest books I ever read, but also the best. It was more about 'Quality' that motorcycles though. I still think of how PIRSIG did oil changes: Park in a dirt lot, pull the oil plug, put the plug back in and fill 'er up.

  • Double Clutch Auto Reviews
    Double Clutch Auto Reviews6 dager siden

    At 2:15 is when I felt like your words really hit me... Our focus is honed in on the stimulation of riding, with no room for all of the nonsense distractions like FB that we have today. We are one with our bikes, as the bike needs our full attention and physical inputs to control it properly. We are wielding a machine that can outperform supercars at 1/100th of the cost.... And we are experiencing all of this in a REAL moment ourselves in our own lives. Very well said as always RF9.

  • T h o m a s
    T h o m a s6 dager siden

    Dude WHAT song song name at the end

    METALLHAUS7 dager siden

    Song at the end: nolocal.info/have/video/iV-Nec-DzJ6QmJ4 Youre welcome ;)

  • Moto Minimalist
    Moto Minimalist7 dager siden

    FortNine is freedom, from hum drum boring motorcycle videos. As always, outstanding.

  • dylawn55
    dylawn557 dager siden

    That book sucks major ass. Tried several times to read it but he just rambles and incessantly complains. Can't do it. Rubbish, imho

  • 2007crf450r
    2007crf450r7 dager siden

    exactly what i feel like when i jump on my street glide FREEDOM

  • panos hanis
    panos hanis7 dager siden

    Damn bro thats nice

  • Panagiotis Bakatselos
    Panagiotis Bakatselos8 dager siden


  • sandakureva
    sandakureva8 dager siden

    I think it's mostly because I can go anywhere, faster than most people, and for a fraction of the cost. You'll spend 300-500 on a one-way trip from where I live to visit my family in OKC in a car... or way less on my motorcycle because it gets 55-60mpg.

  • R N Kader
    R N Kader8 dager siden

    Right On! Right On! Right On! RyanF9

  • K Minaya
    K Minaya8 dager siden

    I'm in NYC and I brag about parking. Something happens to you when you come back from a ride and you see the same spot open. Do you park? no you just keep on riding. Then a smart car takes your spot.

  • Gacheru Mburu
    Gacheru Mburu10 dager siden


  • Johny40Se7en
    Johny40Se7en10 dager siden

    You've got such a gift for making well thought out and mentally stimulating videos. That segways straight into why many people say that motorcycling is freedom. Compared with driving 4 wheeled vehicles, riding a motorbike is fully engaging. You're in the moment, and involved completely in what you're doing, whilst amongst the elements. No major distractions., and the minor ones have to be kept in check too, or you'll hear that age old story of "had to lay her down", or they'll be blind dating bushes or trees 😅😂

  • zottejakke3
    zottejakke311 dager siden

    @FortNine Check Fred Feldman's chapter in Rollin, B. E., Pineo, C., Gray, C. M., & Mommer, K. (Eds.). (2006). Harley-Davidson and Philosophy: Full-throttle Aristotle. Open Court Publishing. It delves deeper into your starting argument, but is skeptical of this kind of 'phenomenological' freedom you turn towards :)

  • David Stead
    David Stead11 dager siden

    Brilliant. I've been meditating for many years. Riding is meditation. Forced focus. You nailed it. "Ommmmm...........mmmmygodimgoing180!"

  • Chege Duncan
    Chege Duncan12 dager siden

    Come to Nairobi, In peak traffic, a 30 mins motorbike ride is easily 3 hours in traffic in a car... motorbikes are freedom... 4 hour longer trips out of town drop to hours on a bike... that is freedom ...

  • Avramm 96
    Avramm 9612 dager siden

    These guys' videos are on a whole different level. Congratulations.

  • Brad M.
    Brad M.12 dager siden

    I came here for the eagle screech and was not disappointed.

  • Alex Loredo
    Alex Loredo12 dager siden

    Man this is gold.. that end..

  • Jose DeJesus
    Jose DeJesus12 dager siden

    Just had my bike stolen 2 months ago and damn do I miss her

  • Jordan stalheim
    Jordan stalheim12 dager siden

    Do the pan America

  • Brett Middleton
    Brett Middleton13 dager siden

    Do one about why we like to take turns at 100+mph. I like that little rush it makes me feel, to look left and see asphalt flying past my face

  • Joseph Melia
    Joseph Melia13 dager siden

    Ryan is king of motorcycle philosophers. Motorcycle emptiness? Not with Fortnine.

  • Muhammad Adri mhd nazri
    Muhammad Adri mhd nazri13 dager siden

    your video is awesome man!

  • Jochen Stacker
    Jochen Stacker13 dager siden

    2:30 if the frame is gone on your bike, you shouldn't be riding it anymore. :p

  • The antisocial 1
    The antisocial 113 dager siden

    Freedom is the right of all sentient beings...

  • Zen and two wheels
    Zen and two wheels13 dager siden

    AMEN! like this one...Best way to stay mentally healthy...

  • Jerimah Noonan
    Jerimah Noonan13 dager siden

    I come here for the biting sarcasm....nothing more.

  • Flechette
    Flechette14 dager siden

    I bought a pretty expensive helmet that I can hook up to the GPS, radio and make phone calls through my smart phone. I have noticed that I just turn it off when I go for a ride.

  • FatStogie
    FatStogie14 dager siden

    This is like a Pink Floyd song that’s ends too soon, left you wanting more. Great video as always.

  • Tito B.A.
    Tito B.A.14 dager siden

    I don't tell people why I like motorcycles, but in reality it's because I go from 0-60 in 4 seconds on the cheap. The rest is just an excuse.

  • Bruce Wayne
    Bruce Wayne15 dager siden

    "Because, freedom." *eagle screeches* .... *instantly likes*

  • Ruacasa
    Ruacasa15 dager siden

    Worthy of Pirsig references. Well done. Really enjoyed that.

  • Gil Garcia
    Gil Garcia15 dager siden

    I don't understand how anyone can disagree with this definition.....197 dislikes.....they must be all from Alaska......

  • yancy westgate
    yancy westgate16 dager siden

    Speaking of obese dirt bikes. when you gonna tell us about the Pan Am?

  • Abdul Hameed Khan
    Abdul Hameed Khan16 dager siden

    Freedom of motorcycling in India.. nolocal.info/have/video/bWhqntdv2WuFnXw

  • Adrian Rainbow
    Adrian Rainbow16 dager siden

    LOL, absolutely nailed it. Freedom is putting yourself in a situation where you have no time to consider, anything else.

  • Zane Blaire
    Zane Blaire16 dager siden

    Motorcycle riders are almost exclusively egotistical and narcissistic. That's why.

  • Tyrone Vince Tamayo
    Tyrone Vince Tamayo16 dager siden

    Every time I watch F9, I feel like I'm watching a movie.

  • Alan Lee

    Alan Lee

    5 dager siden

    For something as transient (however worthy) as these videos, the production values are high.

  • D. C.
    D. C.16 dager siden

    .....Freedom is the only way yeah!!!!....

  • Gussacci
    Gussacci16 dager siden

    Well said💯💥🔥💭✌🏽

  • stuntmonkey00
    stuntmonkey0016 dager siden

    "Obese dirt bike with a motor from 2006." Ryan endearing himself to BMW as usual lol.

  • Robert Ferguson
    Robert Ferguson17 dager siden

    I have a request for some information as you guys make the best biking videos I know of.... Are maxi scooters worth thinking about for all round use nowadays? Low maintenance, storage space, economy and power?? Help!!!

  • there can be only one Chris
    there can be only one Chris17 dager siden

    Wow! Great vid

  • bikebudha01
    bikebudha0117 dager siden

    Deep. So Deep. Not exactly sure what it's Deep of, sniff sniff, but I have a good idea...

  • Ian Jones
    Ian Jones17 dager siden

    Love F9 but vids are getting way too short...has Ryan got a new hobby 😁

  • steelbride74
    steelbride7417 dager siden

    I am your greatest fan, just sorry for not being able to send messages 👍

  • Informal OCD
    Informal OCD17 dager siden

    The commonly dismissed bicycle is all of these things & so much more. Half the old men I ride mountain bikes with, used to race motocross and have come around to this conclusion ;)

  • Unlike U
    Unlike U17 dager siden

    The longest 3:32 of my life

  • Mannix
    Mannix17 dager siden

    Great vid! Good job guys! 👍👍

  • Oz Sawdust Makers
    Oz Sawdust Makers17 dager siden

    bloody hell you are great F9. From a fellow 2 wheel Ryan in another hemisphere.

  • LazyJack2003
    LazyJack200317 dager siden

    I thought the 2nd amendment is there to ensure freedom?! Ah, that´s just for the weird US ... Ryan, this short clip was like a breath of fresh air and a long body stretch! So now I get on my bike - and just go somewhere. With a big smile on my face.

  • James George
    James George17 dager siden

    "Screw it, lets ride" is the cheapest therapy going in my book.

  • crocketgsxr6
    crocketgsxr617 dager siden

    the freedom to let it sit in my garage unused for 8 months out of the year

  • ST V
    ST V17 dager siden

    no windshield, and no full face helmet for me, thanx. Amen. ;-)

  • genw3st
    genw3st17 dager siden

    I've watched this video no fewer than 10 times over the past couple of weeks. The video is so beautiful, so philosophical, so poetic; it perfectly captures the freedom that we all feel out there. Thanks, guys. Great work, indeed.

  • Ben Harvey
    Ben Harvey17 dager siden

    Where can I get a Pirsig jacket?

  • Damianos 980
    Damianos 98018 dager siden

    Enduro is freedom

  • nickie banchou
    nickie banchou18 dager siden

    some people say freedom is riding on 2 wheels and feeling the world around you some people say freedom is not having to gear up head to toe and hop in a miata i have both, i'm not buying any pseudo esoteric excuse that gives either "moar freedum"

  • Phil.i.P
    Phil.i.P18 dager siden

    Yes. Yes. Yes. Short. Sweet. Perfect 👍🏻👏🏻🙏🏻

  • Michael R
    Michael R18 dager siden

    All my bones are going to be framed in casts after I go down on a motorcycle 😭

  • Leo Girardi
    Leo Girardi18 dager siden

    I wonder if the person jogging their dog at the end was also doing a "freedom" video?

  • Christopher Ng'ang'a
    Christopher Ng'ang'a18 dager siden

    This... this has got to be my moat favourite bike video ever

  • osgnuru
    osgnuru18 dager siden

    This is a brilliant video. No frame, that is it, exactly.

  • Roger Garcia
    Roger Garcia18 dager siden

    Very creative and true! Freedom 🏍

  • Blackviking Price
    Blackviking Price18 dager siden

    well put

  • W Browser
    W Browser18 dager siden

    incredible content

  • Alejandro Caporaletti
    Alejandro Caporaletti18 dager siden

    In an open Jeep you don't have a frame either...ahah. Excelent video, as allways. Thanks.

  • Webist K
    Webist K19 dager siden

    Domestication Resistant

  • HSD
    HSD19 dager siden

    Love the short video series. Keep em coming

  • HSM
    HSM19 dager siden

    Can we talk about the growth in the writing of this channel? This vid is essentially an re-upload of a vlog from a few years ago. Even uses some of the same argumentation. ("Han dynasty peasant," for example.) But holy jumpins, Ryan has grown as a rhetorician. The structure and symmetry of presentation, the use of writing devices and the brash willingness to walk the line between everyman jargon and $10 words. 36 seconds in the video and I was blown away. This channel's writing consistently makes me feel inspired. It's passionate, and educational, too. Not only about motorcycles and the nature of people who make them and ride them, but about the English language itself. I discovered this channel a little over a month ago and watched nearly every video in a span of 7 days, spurred on by the polyamorous marriage of fantastic writing, impactful cinematography, and content that has something to say. It is truly incredible to see the melding of the visions of the F9 director/editor, and its presenter. The camera work is intentional and novel. I sense a spirit of respect and friendship between the two partners, and I love the spirit of collaboration and creativity. Hell, I've even taken to watching these videos before writing an essay for university, because I find them so linguistically rich, they inspire me to go off and compose my own ideas. They've introduced me to so many aspects of motorcycling, from the community, to safety, to combustion engine ins and outs, to where the rubber meets the road with any given cycle they review. -I mean, how cool is it to have a motorcycle review talking about S curves and the nature of beauty? I love that reviews almost always come down to how the cycle will be functionally used. They feel explored, not summarized, shown, not told. And if a Review critique comes down to a cliché, they earn it! They don't just state the cliché, they almost show how the cliché became a cliché by demonstrating it through the bike the happen to be riding. In case there was any doubt to those involved with the making of this show, the effort and tight writing of the F9 NOlocal series pays off. It has earned my views. A catchy headline may have been the reason I first clicked on a video, but great, educational, passionate, art was the reason I kept watching. It is the reason I continue to watch. I'm grateful this for novel little show F9 has allowed to grow here, and the fantastic work of the creative staff over the years. Personally, I hope they keep it up.

  • Sir Bedevere
    Sir Bedevere19 dager siden

    Converting your dual sport to a feather weight adventure bike opens up the world better than any other motorcycle.

  • Eric Weber
    Eric Weber19 dager siden

    This is why I keep coming back, Ryan! This was perfect.

  • Durox Kilo
    Durox Kilo20 dager siden

    i'd argue that today's connectivity has rather widened our experience and our views are being updated faster than anytime in our existence. our species kind of developed and figured out the social norms in rather small groups often times in literal caves.. *in 10 days 360k ppl watched a guy talk philosophy on a motorcycle channel. how long did it take Plato to reach this sort of audience penetration? :} ** Plato would definitely have a twitter account let's be real.

  • Rexie 100
    Rexie 10020 dager siden

    Hi Ryan, I would like to use your name on my channel..I just want to tell my viewers that you are my inspiration..I don't have a lot of views but ....I don't want any products or anything to be sponsored....I just want to tell that you are my inspiration..can I??

  • James Henckel
    James Henckel20 dager siden

    someone forgot to plug in the mic in the out door parts, lol