Tuesday, March 09, 2010

Rider training

I'm still working on the last scanning post in this little mini-series. Photos have been taken. A little post processing is waiting. Progress has been complicated by being summoned to the Mothership for a planning meeting. Yes, Elvira gets to go, too. I ask your indulgence. I'll finish it by the end of the week.

In the meantime, just to keep things fresh here, and to tide everyone over until I get back from Kirkland, I am putting up a quick post on rider training.

Those of us who have a passion for riding naturally want to share the fun with others. First and foremost we start with family members. If you have a great thing, share it with those you love, right?

Of course, the question comes up regarding how young is too young to start. Nothing like a solid foundation of dirt riding in those early years to make for more skilled street riders. It's also never too early to stress the importance of rider training and the proper attitudes.

Some kids are sitting on motorcycles before they can even walk. In my case it was horses, but there are a lot of similarities between steel steeds and flesh and blood ones. Except for the emissions part, that is. Even sitting on a bike takes a certain amount of muscle control. Especially those floppy neck muscles. So how do you start out a youngster who can't even sit up by themselves too well?

A simulator, of course! Nothing like a little radio controlled training to start developing manual dexterity and visual acuity. I'm not sure which of us couldn't wait, but we have started the journey together.

Come on, you're not snickering at Iron(Grand)dad again, are you? What's this, another excuse to sneak in a baby picture? Look, you, don't tell me this isn't motorcycle related. The motorcycle is right in the front of the frame. Plain as day. It's also about rider training. How much more legitimate can it be?

Miles and smiles,



Jack Riepe said...

Dear Sir:

Cute baby. You won't believe how handing them the keys at this age prepares them for an adolescence of expectation. I had a baby once. She came over and cooked dinner on Saturday night, while looking at me over the rim of a wine glass.

She called it "multi-tasking."

Fondest regards,
Jack • reep • Toad
Twisted Roads

Mike said...

Very cool Dan! That photo is a keeper! Thanks for the mention, again. Maybe our grandkids will go riding together someday. The mental picture of that is kinda hard to grasp at this point. :)

cpa3485 said...

I love the picture. And it just might be enough to tie me over until you complete your posts on scanning.
..... might ......

bluekat said...

LOL - Definitely can't say it's not motorcycle related. And who was it really running that simulator as soon as he put the camera down...

abraxas said...

I reckon a horse's methane emissions are WAY worse than my Fazer's CO2 :p