Friday, November 14, 2008

Hibernation.

I normally try to avoid posting videos here. I figure I owe it to those who take the time to visit to actually write something. However, this video fits in so well with yesterday's post I couldn't help it. This came across our instructor's list courtesy of Dean W.

I've written before about the critical aspect of keeping motor skills sharp and on a "top of mind" basis. Riders who put their bikes away for the Winter need to compensate for the rustiness that sets in over the break. Our brains will file less frequently used motor skills a little deeper in the file cabinet to make room for current stuff.

This video is about three minutes long. It's work and family safe. On a side note, the guy on the Triumph looks a lot like Matthew Allen in the UK, otherwise known as Mad. Are you still around and reading my friend?

http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=W-7b5l62f14

For your convenience, here's the link to the website listed in the video

http://www.devon.gov.uk/bikers

Miles and smiles,

Dan

7 comments:

Charlie6 said...

Maria hasn't hibernated since I bought her, hopefully she's already told Brigitta the meaning of life with me.

Steve Williams said...

Very nice Dan. That pretty much sums it up for me.

Steve Williams
Scooter in the Sticks

Jeffry said...

I have been lucky the last 3 winters. I have been able to get the bike out at least a few times a month. This year, it have added the Gerbings gloves and jacket liner to the arsenal.

Bryce said...

Devon dear people has palm trees, all the time.
It s as very temperate climate, and as such
riding year round is quite possible, unlike other less hospitable areas of
the island Kingdom.

As to the video clips, the one of the
wanker who hibernates over the winter period;
the end result was priceless; over she goes, Tilt!

Looking outside here in Southern Ontario iti s dank miserable and dangerous with wet leaves on the road surface and even wetter drivers, all looking for a parking slot some six weeks prior to Christmas. It's ruddy dangerous!

Mind this degree of nasty weather is different dank and dangerous
with any form of wheeled or hoofed
transport.

Keep it coming Dan. BTW do you suspend teaching at any point during the year ie the dead of winter? Oh, sorry you're in Oregon, you don't get winter, there.

Dean W said...

Bryce-

Some parts of Oregon are already shut down for the year; in the northwest corner of the state we've got two more teaching weekends- the weekend coming up, and the weekend after Thanksgiving. Then it's maintenance season until the end of January. Those dates are based on 20+ years of experience about when a class might have to be cancelled due to freezing weather- and the sort of half-frozen we get here can be more treacherous than a solid freeze. I'd much rather teach in the 20s when it's dry than the 30s when it's damp.

YWinterMV,

-Dean

Bryce said...

Bryce-

Some parts of Oregon are already shut down for the year; in the northwest corner of the state we've got two more teaching weekends- the weekend coming up, and the weekend after Thanksgiving. Then it's maintenance season until the end of January. Those dates are based on 20+ years of experience about when a class might have to be canceled due to freezing weather- and the sort of half-frozen we get here can be more treacherous than a solid freeze. I'd much rather teach in the 20s when it's dry than the 30s when it's damp.

YWinterMV,

-Dean

OK..I would assume the west coast would receive wet sloppy snow when it falls.

Suspect too that as you've noted you'd rather have it cold and dry as opposed to above freezing or
just at freezing when the road surfaces could be and often are more questionable.
The Canadian Thanksgiving was the 2nd Monday in October, your Columbus Day.

A 30 minute drive north of here, this Tuesday morning there's
a good 12 inches of snow, and it's quite cold, minus 12 degrees Celsius. What's Fahrenheit? Everything's metric here..

Cheers

irondad said...

Charlie6,
You'd be amazed what those bikes are talking about. And they're not always flattering to us!

Steve Williams,
Such a short comment. You must be busy!

Jeffry,
I've been in NY in February and could hardly see for the blowing snow. You have my respect for ridng at all in the Winter.

Bryce,
Bring on the danger. It keeps me alive! We do take a break over Winter, short though it may be. The first class this year was the beginning of February. The site I was at and another got snowed out.

Dean W,
I'm teaching those last two weekends. As you probably are, too. Are we dedicated or weird?

Take care,

Dan