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Turn that head son! :smile2:
It's a bad habit, I know. I'm a retired firefighter and spent many years driving the big red ladder truck in a city so my eyes dart around constantly, left, right, far ahead, repeat in a random order looking for things to jump in front of me.:crazy:

I'll keep working on it
 

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It's a bad habit, I know. I'm a retired firefighter and spent many years driving the big red ladder truck in a city so my eyes dart around constantly, left, right, far ahead, repeat in a random order looking for things to jump in front of me.:crazy:

I'll keep working on it
Before I was too young to ride on the street, I raced motocross, desert, flat track, and ran in "Enduro events" from 11 years old until 19 years old .... 1970s. When I got my bike license and bought my first street legal bike, I was faced with learning and applying many new techniques. I ended up using a DYMO to make a couple of reminder labels that I stuck to my gas tank ....

TURN HEAD - PUSH BARS - BEND ARMS

"Push bars" was what was then a new technique mainly introduced by Kenny Roberts who was one of a few motorcycle heros of the day. It referred to what we know today as ~counter steering~. The "bend arms" thing reminded me to lean forward a bit in turns and rather than sortof lazily resting the weight of my torso against my arms, to instead bend my arms at the elbows a little, grip the tank with my knees and use my core/torso muscles to move my upper body rather than relying on my arms to support my upper body when shifting my weight inside to stand the bike up in corners.

The DYMO label reminder was a ~thing~ many dirt racers used, usually saying some version of "TURN GAS ON" ... a reference to turning the fuel petcock to "ON" when starting the bike. I don't know how many bazillions of bike racers would forget to turn the petcock to ON and leave the starting line only to have the engine run dry before the first turn!

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... but I never did that .... uh huh .... yea, right ... :rolleyes: :p ;)


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Image #1 ... me, 1974, racing my Yamaha 175MX in the 250cc against an entire field of grown ass men on 250s.

Image #2 ... me, 1974, my trophy collection in the 250cc class at age 14 ... look at that little runt! It really used to piss off the men in that class when my little scrawny ass would beat them. I can't even recall how many times protests were launched against me ... "that little kid can't race in the 250 class!". Note ~red plate~ and how beat up it was from wearing it on my bike all season ... red = points leader. I did the front and rear suspension mods myself, as well as fabricated the down-pipe expansion chamber seen in Image #1.

~Glory Days~ ..... :)
 

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I grew up in Oklahoma and started riding at age 12, got my license for the street on a bike at 14 in '77....yes, you could do that back then. Rode a Kawasaki 100 enduro everywhere I could go, covered most of that state. Rode it on a few MX tracks but never competed, used to love watching Roger Decosta tho.

Other than a few early mistakes on my part resulting in a few minor accidents, nothing major just a few bent turn signals and levers, I've never been hurt in a motorcycle accident or even damaged one I couldn't fix on the side of the road and get moving again. In my adult life the only accidents I've had on a bike were the result of sudden flat rear tires and both of those resulted in zero damage to the bike or me.

I've got a lot to learn still about riding a more sporty bike than the heavy Harley baggers I've spent the last umpteen years on and look forward to improving my skills.

Oh, I'm sure the big guys hated seeing your little scrawny ass show up to the track LOL
 

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It's a bad habit, I know. I'm a retired firefighter and spent many years driving the big red ladder truck in a city so my eyes dart around constantly, left, right, far ahead, repeat in a random order looking for things to jump in front of me.:crazy:

I'll keep working on it
Watch "Twist of the wrist" if you haven't already. You'll find parts 1 and 2 on youtube.
 

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Grim Reminder

While on an otherwise excellent tour of the White Mountains in New Hampshire, I came across this memorial to the awful crash scene where seven motorcyclists died. R.I.P.
 

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Few pics from my trip up to NorCal last week.
 

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