"Oh Sh*t!" - A Public Service Announcement
So I took the wife for a little ride today, on a scenic country route brimming with twists turns, about 90min long. For some reason, my mind put me on the wrong location (farther down) on the road, so I got surprised by the one 25mph left turn I need to pay attention to. By the time I recognized it, I had already begun to lean...so it was "Go big or go home!"
My rear tires had about 1cm of "chicken strip" (as the sports bike people say - my first bike was a Ninja 300) on both sides, with just a few blemishes in them. There is now no more chicken strip on the left, but I/we made it through!! What's more, when I asked my wife if she noticed the "pucker moment" of the ride, she was unable to identify it.
- A seriously awesome bike with solid tires
- Keith Code, "A Twist of the Wrist" (I didn't target fixate, and I gently rolled on the throttle throughout the turn, risking a lowside maybe over running off the road for sure)
- My wife, who followed instructions (Pretend you are luggage and look over the shoulder we are turning to!)
- No debris
- My chicken strips - which I kept with my riding style thus far for exactly this moment
Let that be a lesson to you, kids!