|You drive a car. This means you sit in a seat and control the vehicle via controls.
||You ride a motorcycle. This means that you grip and control the bike via you whole body moving your weight left and right, backward and forward.
|You generally think of the 4 wheels as one thing e.g. when braking or turning a corner||You think of the two wheels separately. They fulfill different roles at all times.|
|You do not take changes in the road surface that seriously.||Changes in road surface e.g. a small patch of loose sand, wet concrete is critical.|
|A road works sign or side road entry means you slow down, become more alert, watch out for workers, trucks, tractors etc||Same as for a car but with one serious addition . . . watch out for patches of loose gravel on the tar. Over time they can creep onto the road.|
|Wind? What wind?||Strong winds can cause high fuel consumption or even cause you to fall off.|
|Conversation, music, eating and drinking etc is part of the fun.||There are some gizmos and gadgets that can help but they came with a price i.e. both financial and convenience wise. The question is, should a bike rider going at speed be distracted by conversation?|
|Passengers do not impact on the ride.||Passengers are as much part of the ride as the rider. They can work with you or against you.|
|The brake is generally the way to get out of bad situations.||When things go wrong opening up the throttle is often the solution e.g. when the bike looses traction on a loose surface a little extra gas can do the trick|
|The brakes are one unit . . . your only decision is when to use them.||The braking systems for front and back wheels are usually separate. Sometimes you use them together, sometimes separately and sometimes the order you apply them in is different.|
|A recent rain storm generally means that you come out to a dirty car||A recent rain storm means that the route you know so well must be treated like virgin territory. This is due to the new deposits of loose sand that will have been deposited in unexpected places.|
|Your own shadow means nothing||Your own shadow stretched out directly in front of your bike means that cars will be looking into the sun. Therefore be more cautious at intersections as on coming cars may not see you.|
|The changing colour of the road surface is probably something you have never noticed||Differing colours or marks on the road surface could mean a road hazard e.g. oil, brake fluid, diesel or a host of other slippery concoctions. Go round them!|
|The accelerator is used to accelerate the motor vehicle||The accelerator is used to both speed up and slow down the bike.|
Posted on January 17, 2008 by lampuhijau