Sunday, June 5, 2011

Quality Time

I think I may be about to say something a little more off-kilter than usual: spending some quality time in the parking lot with your bike can sometimes be more fun than hitting the twisties.

I know, I know, you're just going in circles and not getting anywhere. But, you are getting in some valuable practice and honing those skills in an environment you are less likely to run into anything unpleasant. Though we did see a few deer running around the lot. Obviously, the first order of business is to find an empty lot to play in. One the local wildlife (deer or neighbors) won't bother you in. My wife and I chose the Law School parking lot. She got her Buell out while I played with my camera. Here is the fruit of our labor (and my unsolicited tips).

On a hot day, take a break and relax a little, just like you would on a distance ride.

Just because you're in an empty lot doesn't mean you should skimp on your gear. Besides, you needed to ride it there, right?

Remember, when turning: look where you want to go.

And I do mean Look.

Finally, throw in a few quick stops. Especially if you're headed at your photographer.

I think that's it for now. Get out and ride. Have fun, in a parking lot or on the road, just stay smart about it.