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September 26, 2013

A State of Equilibrium

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Yesterday I wrote about balance and an attitude necessary to achieve it. Well a motorcycle (and its sibling the bicycle) have its own equilibrium already built in once the wheels are spinning. Their gyroscopic effect maintain an alignment unless subjected to a turning moment; such as a lean on the bars (counter steering anyone?). It’s the marvelous world of physics and the mechanics of things with mass, velocity, rotation; and the forces acted upon them that derive our friend of two-wheeled conveyances: Angular Momentum.

September 26, 2013

Tutu Triumph

Riding is about balance, poise and a smidgen of grace. To feel at one with the road below and the corner ahead smooth flow needs to be achieved. A moto dance so to speak. The ballerina uses years en pointe at the bar to achieve this; the motorcyclist must use active miles on highways and byways of various kinds to build experience, allowing that balance between mental attitude and motor skills to speed along swooping along from apex to apex like some swan of the road.

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