The Wiktionary (link) defines a “Bucket List” as “A list of things to accomplish before one’s death”, and it first became a public occurrence in Justin Zackham’s screenplay for the 2007 movie “The Bucket List”.
In other words, things you want to do, things you want to see before you kick the bucket. Many people have bucket lists, and it wouldn’t surprise you to know that many of them are motorcyclists, and their bucket list is centered around motorcycles.
Personally, I have one, and I have been crossing off items every year. What’s left is attainable, but it will take time. Here are a few of the items on my list:
- Attend Sturgis
- Ride Paris to Cape Town (though that is becoming more and more difficult)
- Ride Deadman Valley
- Ride in Alaska (not necessarily in the winter)
- Attend the Isle of Man TT race
- Go to the original Ace Cafe in London
- Ride Route 66
- Cross Australia on a motorcycle
- Cross Scotland on a motorcycle
- Attend the Baja 1000 race
- Follow Che Guevara’s ride through South America
- Ride as pillion on the Ducati MotoGP bike with Randy Mamola
Some of the items I have crossed from my list are:
- Ride the Dolomites/Alps (1999, 2002, 2003)
- Go to a MotoGP race (2010 Le Mans, 2013 San Marino)
- Follow the Dakar race on my motorcycle (2005)
- Ride the Sahara desert on my motorcycle (2005)
- Ride from the top of Chile to the bottom of Chile (1978)
- Ride an electric motorcycle (2013)
- Visit world’s biggest motorcycle exhibition, Milan’s Eicma (2013)
- Go to the 24 Hours of Le Mans motorcycle race (2009)
As you can see, my (motorcycle) items on the list are becoming less and less. It’s interesting to see that once you have a list, you can actually work towards doing as many as you can; in a “if it’s written down, it gets done” theory.
Have you got a bucket list? And if you do, are you striving towards doing as many as you can?
Let us know what you bucket list contains. I’d really like to know. Obviously the items should be feasible, not like “race Valentino Rossi”.