Let’s dance

Posted: October 15, 2016 in My Life


I actually get to ride this weekend, no teaching, visitors, work projects, or repair problems.  I’ve had TWO gas leaks that the dealer swears are fixed for good.  You have no idea how frustration it is to have the bike sit on a beautiful weekend because a problem you paid to have fixed is back!

I’ve been riding so long that if I don’t ride on a regular basis I get “out of balance”.  Edgy, irritable, restless, anxious, or plain grouchy.  It doesn’t have to be a long ride but I need to feel like the bike and I are working together.  You know the “zone” athletes talk about?  I’ve had that on the bike for years.  I could tell there was something wrong with the bike before the gas leak got bad, it wasn’t right, it wouldn’t do what I wanted it to do.  Same with me, if my hands are hurting or I’m not working as I should, I feel it.

Don’t you find it amazing how riding a motorcycle is so much about feel?  It’s really an emotional experience.  After a time you feel the connection more than you control the connection.  You can muscle the bike, sure, but it’s a different experience to work with the bike.  Every bike is different but not better or worse.

I was in training once and had had an accident months prior.  I wasn’t riding well and I felt it.  Very frustrating.  The instructor immediately saw I was stiff and wooden, I was trying to control every movement of the bike because I didn’t trust the bike.  Finally he yelled in frustration “dance with it”.  Well, I can’t dance, not to save my life, but for some odd reason that struck a nerve and I started relaxing.  Slowly my confidence returned and I let go.  “You’e like a completely different rider now”, he said.  And I was.


  1. MotoADVR says:

    Dead on about “feel”. Tell me more about this Tiger you posted a photo of?

    • John says:

      That’s my latest affair of the heart. 2014 Triumph Tiger Explorer 1200. I got her in April with about 10,000 on her. She’s now running very well and I’m working hard to master the new “Adventure” style. Mostly top heavy, tall, and powerful rather fast. One reason I picked it is I wanted a new style to master. It’s a handful but I’ve loved every minute of it. You never stop learning!

  2. Kiavma says:

    I know that feeling all too well. Non riders will ask me all the when I’m moody of I’d gone on a ride and the answer is always no haha. There’s a spiritual connection to your bike and riders will always know it with the right one

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