Monday, September 26, 2011

Where You Want the Bike To Be

I see this all the time when professionals ride motorcycles in competitions, yet I remain in awe every time I see it -- look carefully at the photos below. My friend-the-cop is demonstrating a riding technique that is very difficult to master. The technique is, "look where you want the bike to be, not at the path of travel."

This is how such professionals -- and some friends in my motorcycle club who have overcome fear of dropping the bike -- get a heavyweight motorcycle to turn in a 16' (4.9m) circle.

Personally, while I have practiced, I cannot do that. You have to be able to turn your head 90 degrees to the left and to the right. Unfortunately, due to a past skydiving injury, my head no longer swivels like that. I barely have a 30-degree turn to the left and a 45-degree turn to the right capability.

Oh well, it's great to watch the pros do it.

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