Join Date: May 2015
Location: 40 miles from the Dragon
Thank you all for writing. Very sad, very common. We live right next to the infamous "Dragon" and see the inexperienced facing a myth and getting all nervous on a regular basis. I regret at times not teasing someone away from a parked group and offering to lead them over this or that road around here. Fortunately I know of no bad results, but I should have done something a couple of times.
None of these roads are any more difficult than a WalMart parking lot.
But how to get that riding limits concept into folks - very difficult. Maybe impossible for some. Not just the bike limits. If you live in Florida or Illinois and go to a place with curve after curve and with up and down, you're going to get tired and develop brain fade. I've had riders look baffled when I explain that their nice comfy Valkyrie that is a joy on flat straights is trying very hard to kill them on downhill corners, and they're not listening to the bike give them hints.
I figure I'm always a new rider. I've never ridden this day. And if I think I've ridden this road, I'm wrong. I really don't know what's around the corner.
The Pace is excellent. That kind of relaxed and precise energy state management is how I have aimed to drive and tried to ride for a very long time, at whatever speed I'm going at. Think I really developed it bicycling, where the energy comes from me, or the amazing gravity push dropping out of the Alps. I am going to tag that article and pass it along. The quiet and calm rhythm, the dance of machine, rider, and road.
50 miles from DGMR
2009 Versys 650
2014 Moto Guzzi California 1400