• Jul 12, 2013
Carter Edman recently wrote something for the ever-excellent Ride Apart that neatly sums up the allure of the motorcycle. The piece was an open letter to those fine people who love nothing more than to regale riders with every horror story they've ever heard about a bike, and while the text is littered with plenty of "hell yes!" moments for those of us with a pair of riding gloves to our name, one paragraph in particular struck me dead on.

You want to know what's truly dangerous? Not taking any risks. Hanging out with like-minded middle-of-the-roaders. Absorbing the same brain-ossifying shit from media factories every day. Jogging. Putting helmets, flotation devices, and auto-deploy epi-pens on your kids every time they leave the house. Passivity. Not paying attention to where your car, or your life, or your country is going.

How true. How many of us wake up, fall into our routine, fall back asleep and repeat the process the next day? For me, the best part of riding a motorcycle, aside from the excellent hair that accompanies a three-hour ride, is the challenge. It's more than a risk. Every time I jump on the bike, it teaches me something about control, patience, grip and momentum. I've been riding for over three years now, and grabbing the handlebars requires no less focus now than it did on day one. Every ride has the potential to serve up a situation that puts me out of my comfort zone, and for that, I love it.

Edman's words are heavy on my mind, as this marks my final post on Autoblog.

After three years of driving some of the most interesting cars on the planet, meeting and working with a slew of talented people and writing day in and day out, I'm leaving to join the madness at Road & Track. Autoblog has been the best working experience of my life, and the chance to interact with this site's army of dedicated readers has been a legitimate honor. But it's time to take the next risk. It's been fun.


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      chris02stang
      • 1 Year Ago
      Zach say it isn't so! When Dan mentioned you were leaving on the podcast last week, I was truly saddened. You guys have been so awesome to listen to over the past few years..I will miss your reviews and your passion for all things automotive. Good luck over at R&T!
      Moosetang
      • 1 Year Ago
      I'll miss your work here at Autoblog, Rick Astley. I mean, Zach Bowman.
      mazeroni
      • 1 Year Ago
      Sigh, you kept Dan Roth in line during the Podcast. Who is going to make all those underhand jabs about his 'old-person' nature? Loved all of your posts and the character and tone laced throughout your car reviews. I frequently 'lol'd.' "I'm not talking about your ability to comprehend the words on this page or process the figures that surround the 2014 Porsche Cayman S, but rather what it feels like to take control of a car conceived, designed, engineered and manufactured to set your prefrontal cortex alight with all the glee a Zippo typically reserves for pine needles marinated in jet fuel." That'll do, Bowman. That'll do.
      RichEagle87
      • 1 Year Ago
      Best of luck Zach!
      Dan
      • 1 Year Ago
      Zach, wishing you all the best and I'll keep my out for your byline on R&T. You'll be missed around here, no doubt.
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      Stuka
      • 1 Year Ago
      You will be very missed Zach, especially on the Podcast! But the burning question on every bodies minds, are you going to continue project ugly (Crazy?!) horse here?!? Inquiring minds MUST know!
      Mike
      • 1 Year Ago
      Congrats and good luck!
      threefortyduster
      • 1 Year Ago
      Congrats and good luck.
      Avinash Machado
      • 1 Year Ago
      Goodbye Zach. All the best in your new endeavor.
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