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Touching Yellow - Pass it forward

Posted 04-15-2012 at 12:37 PM by terryk

I went riding the other day with a few really good guys.

On a personal level, they are laid back, easy going, friendly and decent people. People who you like to hang with. People who are what I call riders.

Not jokers who live an image, kind of. Or, people who push limits to show off to others, wheelies, burnouts and other lower rider evolution crap.

Just good guys. Ride, coffee, chat about bikes, ride, lunch, talk about bikes, stuff that puts you in a good mood.

Well, one of these good guys was pushing it on a very challenging part of our local roads.

A place where I know for a fact that claimed the life of a young Marine, 32, not so long ago when he lowsided and broke his neck on a post holding up the guard rail. Freaky, tragic and not the kind of cosmic event that provides anyone with any joy. I do not even buy he died while doing something he loved.

Scant solace in that.

Well, my riding buddy was pushing it, crossed the yellow line, bike wiggling, not in true control.

So I let him get through the next curve, we were in the twisties, and I motored by him at speed, yes we ride Warriors and he was up 100 pounds (OK I probably outewigh him by 75 pounds so not so big a deal) and he was down by 20 HP and 20 FPTQ, my guess.

I then proceeded to let him watch my taillight as I left him behind by two miles and pulled over to wait.

My first comment to him was, sorry bud, did not mean to pass you so hard. He said it was OK and he had fun trying to stay up. But I know he was embarrassed a bit.

I was hoping he would ask and he did. How do you keep the speed up so high in the corners ?

I told him then showed him the proper cruiser riding style/technique again. And this time I followed him through the balance of the twisties as he made an effort, this time, to apply the skills and get faster and SAFER.

So, here is the blog point for today. If you ride with a person who needs some pointers, try to politely help. If they are not listening, show them that they could "improve" by out riding them in a casual manner and safely. Nothing stupid or dangerous or over your head. Just make the point. Then maybe they will ask how you did that? Maybe you could move a friend from "Touching Yellow" to a safer place. We all should pass it forward.
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