For a lot of people, summertime means motorcycle season. I honestly wish I could be one of those people, constantly just out for a cruise on a motorcycle. My love of riding was born the first time I sat on the back of my dad’s bike and he took me for a ride. It felt so free, I don’t even know how to describe it… But I knew right then and there that one day, I was going to own a motorcycle.
It hasn’t happened for me yet, perhaps because my priorities are a little different now. When I was in college, I was all set to buy a bike. I got my license, did motorcycle safety training… And then I talked to an insurance broker about how much it would cost to insure even a small bike as a 19-year-old. That was the brick wall that I hit. There was no way I could justify spending the same amount I was spending to insure my car for a year to insure a bike for a couple months of the year.
Since then, I’ve gone on a couple quick cruises on friends’ bikes, but that’s about it. I’ve had to live vicariously through videos on YouTube to get my motorcycle fix. Fortunately, there are tons of videos of people riding like bosses out there… Like this guy, whose control over his Harley is quite impressive – he’s going harder than the guy on the sportbike (which, I would think, would be better suited to a tight, twisty road like this). The guy’s got mad talent, but he also apparently really likes to take risks. Don’t try this on your own bike (or whatever, just don’t blame me if you crash).
As you can see, right around the 1:10 mark he almost loses it, but is able to gather himself and stay upright. Good thing, too, because riding in only a T-shirt ain’t that smart, and a fall would’ve torn his skin up somethin’ fierce. Also, imagine if there had been a stopped vehicle around one of those blind corners? He might know that stretch of road like the back of his hand, but he can’t necessarily plan for a broken down car blocking his path at that speed.
However, it reminds me of another impressive video (or a few impressive videos) of a guy who goes by the name Yellow Wolf. I’ve read that he no longer has this bike, but he was known for constantly riding his yellow Honda Goldwing on The Tail Of The Dragon, which, with 318 turns over 11 miles, is one of the most popular destinations for motorcyclists in North America. Yellow Wolf used to film people riding their bikes on The Tail Of The Dragon for a little extra spending money, so he’s been up and down it countless times, and knows what he’s doing. That’s why he’s able to throw his giant bike around like this:
The thing about The Tail of the Dragon is that the speed limit is only 30 mph (or 50 km/h), which is kinda necessary given how tight and narrow the road is. And while the Isle of Man TT Course isn’t quite that tight, it certainly takes concentration to ride. Could you imagine flying down country roads at upwards of 200 mph? Because every year there are a bunch of people who do it. Watch this and be blown away:
Those speeds are pretty ridiculous when there’s nobody on the road, but could you imagine “cruising” along at 300 km/h through traffic, and BEING PASSED?!
I can’t imagine the kind of cajones it must take to drive that fast on the Autobahn, let alone to do it with literally no protection around you.
Anyway, if you’re looking for more excitement on two wheels, you can find it here in my blog.
Whatever you do out there, be a safe and courteous rider!