World Superbike Racer
Join Date: Apr 2015
I Ride: 2015 30th anniversary ZX-6R
[QUOTE=RJ2112;1416770]Planning as much of the interaction you KNOW you are going to have with everything around you as a rider is a skill set that increases as a direct result of your ability to process information coming at you in a constant, huge, flow.
Knowing how to sort that info so that you can apply the appropriate level of attention to ALL of it.... that takes time to learn. They teach it in every school I have ever attended.... scanning at different distances and at different rates to keep the updates accurate..... a priceless skill.
I always place the bike so I can see as far as possible, and be seen as soon as possible so there is more time to adjust my behavior to match my prediction of the situation that is developing around me.
This is a very personal assessment; it isn't going to be the same for any two riders. I'd like to think that most of the people I have ridden with are in a similar space, when it comes to their version of risk assessment -- I know for a fact, it's rare indeed for others to view the whole scenario the same way I do.
Not saying my process is better than anyone else's..... just that I am uncomfortable letting others judge what is 'safe' or acceptable, for me.
The flip side of this is the hardest thing I have had to do; going through a class and having a coach tell me something I am doing could be done differently and that the change would be better for me overall -- I typically take insult at that.... the idea that someone else may know more than me (!). Humility has never been my strong suit. I have come to recognize that those hard lessons are the ones that pay the most dividends. I have nothing to lose by parking my ego at the door, and trying something different. Except some level of risk......[/QUO
I've said this before, but I'll reiterated it once again, RJ & Slo are my Forum heroes.
They are willing to speak out whilst others only quietly ponder - alone. I believe what all Homo sapiens require in order to find homeostasis is community. What do we do with the worst criminals? Solitary confinement!
I always congnizantly place my foot when I come to a stop. Always is a mighty big word when use in this tense. But it's true. How can I use be so sure? because I dropped my prize VFR750F not once but thrice because I was merely inattentive. What a dumb ass I was - F-ing moron! But the School of Hard Knocks is a ruthless institution! It expects no quarter, and most certainly gives no quarter.
Now I make a wee game of it with myself at choosing a specific spot on the tarmac to place my foot (some oddity in colour, etc). I have learned not to stop on oil/transmission spills; painted markings, and especially wet painted markings of any kind. I'll change lanes if required. I've seen for myself, Racing Gods like Doohan, Schwantz, Mladin, Haga, Rossi, & Lorenzo, etc, all go out on a early morning practice - and even a few during actual wet races touch the painted kerbing and lose it all as they go down.
I vividly remember when I was living Corvallis, OR going to school, my house mates & I saw a fellow on an early Manx drop it at every traffic light - he as grossly intoxicated. I was nearly to tears - literally. It was sacrilegious for me. A horrible crime! We convinced him to get in my car and allow me to ride it to his apartment. It may sound silly, but I possess a high degree of mechanical empathy, which sent me to a altered state.
Yes, I realise that I very well might be different, after all motorbikes are inanimate objects - possessions. For most people I presume, but not for me. Thus, this unusual state of mind, I am most specific: I may not be what educators call a "First time learner, but I am trainable. And ultimately that really is what this discussion is about. The ability, nea, the responsibility to care for our bike(s), and ourselves; the responsibility to our households to not incur any financial loss as a result of simple stupidity.
Last edited by ZedExMuse; 04-04-2017 at 12:42 PM.