“Some people will tell you that slow is good – and it may be, on some days – but I am here to tell you that fast is better. I’ve always believed this, in spite of the trouble it’s caused me. Being shot out of a cannon will always be better than being squeezed out of a tube. That is why God made fast motorcycles, Bubba….” ― Hunter S. Thompson.
God made fast motorcycles for the adventurous among us, those driven to discover what the world looks like over the next horizon, and the people in our lives who never sit back and let life pass them by. Motorcycle riders of all styles exemplify the art of the journey in defiance of the complacent destination.
The concept of enjoying the journey in life is rarely exemplified as well as by the motorcycle rider. Robert M. Pirsig said in Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, “On a cycle the frame is gone. You’re completely in contact with it all. You’re in the scene, not just watching it anymore, and the sense of presence is overwhelming.” The motorcycle rider seeks that experience, the means of the ride, the choice of the road, and the destination as the place of rest for the journey that will continue tomorrow.
For the Love of Riding
A motorcycle can be an extended member of the family, doted on and pampered. If your loved one loved motorcycles, you know just how deep their love of bikes can go. Whether they were a fan of speedy foreign imports or they loved the power behind a Harley Davidson bike, bikers hear the call of the open road and they can’t ignore it. They ride both in solitude and with their friends and family, but every ride has a silent moment, and every biker has a calling to that introspection. They have a freedom in their very essence and they’re adventurous to their core.
A brotherhood exists on the road, a bond that few others experience. It often carries over from older allegiances, youth and service and sacrifice. On the road, men are free and maintain the loyalties they choose. They share the seat with their closest companion.
As biker wisdom tells us, “It takes more love to share the saddle than it does to share the bed”. If you love someone who loved to ride, you know the sacred limits of that saddle.
When your loved one passes away, if they loved riding the open road their entire life, consider getting a custom motorcycle cremation urn made in order to honor their passion.
Motorcycle Urns to Extend the Journey
The possibilities for motorcycle keepsake urns are as diverse as the riders on the road. Commemorate the style of your loved one and his bike with a customized motorcycle urn. Here are a few ideas (some we have created, and some are waiting to be custom built for your loved one).
Hand Painted Motorcycle Urn
Detail your urn with as much flame and glory as you would your ride with a hand-painted motorcycle urn. Pictured here is just one of the many hand painted urns our local artists create on a daily basis.
Hand painted urns are a glorious tribute that can be fully customized to celebrate the life of any two-wheel adventurer.
Replica Model Motorcycle Urn
You can have a replica of their favorite model made and mounted on the base of an urn (similar to our Fly Away airplane urn), creating a testament to their favorite ride ever, from Honda to Harley or anything in between. The bike itself won’t contain the cremains, but the base will be where your loved one’s ashes will be stored.
Shadowbox Motorcycle Urn
Memorialize their love for riding with a shadowbox urn and fill it with the items in their life that meant the most to them. A few ideas to place in the shadowbox:
- Favorite bandana
- Riding jacket
- Keys to their bike
- Riding helmet
- Whatever special piece reminds you of your loved one.
This is a great way to have a lasting tribute in their honor.
Getting a custom urn for the motorcycle enthusiast in your family is a perfect way to pay tribute to a hobby and a passion that they had their entire life. You will always remember them for their sense of exploration, their love of freedom and the open road, and the wisdom they gained on life’s journey. A custom motorcycle urn will celebrate your loved one’s road through life and the long ride to the next great adventure.
Contact us to discuss the process of creating a custom motorcycle urn for your loved one.
“We shall not cease from exploration
And the end of all our exploring
Will be to arrive where we started
And know the place for the first time.”
― T. S. Eliot