ONE MORE MILE RIDING IS A WAY OF THINKING MARCH to MAY 2011 Year 12 - Issue 106 1 Not only we “survived the winter” optimism even in deep February but we had a great fun biking and bike goes back to be a full through it. joy. I am a lucky one who can decide, Now, with spring in full motion from the height of my old age, where to live and where to spend the and with the migrant birds back winter and this year, with the family, in the garden it is time for we transformed our summer house biking with joy for everybody. on the south coast of Turkey, into the “all seasons” home: what a For the one of you in or near decision. I mean, a decision I should Turkey a consideration for the have taken years ago while reading next year: plan a good riding about the joy of riding in California holiday on the south coast to or Brazil or Costa del Sol. cure the grey sadness of biking Riding in a region with mild weather in cold weather: changes the way one approaches Welcome to our Season. life: if it is true that “biking is a way of thinking”, riding in a “south region” at least changes the way of thinking and the way of feeling. One can take the bike all year around without much planning, dressing up is simple and not so “bulky” to isolate you from the environment, the sun inspire 2 IT IS MATTER OF JOY: The of BIKING Despite all the limitations that wheels will be relegated to museums, governments, institutions, federations exhibition (strange but true) and circuits. and bureaucratic entities are placing on Normally and for long time bikers and our favourite way of transportation, passion, two-wheel and enthusiasm, motorcycling is well alive and kicking. motorcyclists and joy have been closely Despite all the technology that makes associated. Bikers has always been a well bikes more and more difficult to use, knitted community helping and saluting despite all gizmos exclusively designed each others, different from all road users, for extreme circuit use, despite a committed to sporting integrity and senseless competition on useless power shining with the joy of open roads. motorcycling is still alive and popular. Yes, I do not need to be reminded: hell Despite all the ignorance and arrogance angels and similar delinquent gangs are that we, the bikers, show everyday with and have been part of our history; every bad riding, disrespectful noise and family has black sheep and ours are not criminal manoeuvres motorcycling is still blacker than other. While biking can legal. change a sad, depressed man into a happy one it cannot take away completely What keeps biking alive is (and it has delinquency from bad humans. Media always been) the joy and pleasure that focus on "rebels without a cause" while in most of us, bikers, manage to show and reality bikers have zillions of causes to pass around. When this joyful message rejoice. will be silenced, on the same day, the safe banality of cars will win the day and two From the letter I get from the few 3 readers/riders and from the frequent searching for lanes without slowing conversations with bikers (old friends or down, lost in his (or her?) dream of casual acquaintances) it looks like the speed, freedom, challenge and simple Joy of Biking is under severe individuality. Biking is danger of being wiped out as many of the The first comment from my friend old simple (and not too costly) joys that becoming we shared in the past (conversation being (remember that he is a biker driving a car) was “Riders like this one are going to the most evident victim of the more and communication era). die you know giving bad name to motorcycling…” Nothing to do but to more Biking is becoming more and more agree with the well founded good COMPLICATED and when things lose the mannered, banal-common-sense complicated dimension of simplicity joy tends to be comment. If you are trying to split lanes reduced. With simplicity the SPORTING at 100 miles per hour in the heavy and dimension of biking is going away both at irregular traffic of Istanbul Turkey on a amateur and professional level. Less two-wheels-no-protection missile with SPORT and less SIMPLE and, therefore, only denim&leather as shield, one tend to less SATISFYING for a large group. increase the chances of leaving this world earlier than the statistically assigned Few days ago while prisoner inside a car, time. driven by a biker friend, we were approaching on of the Bosporus bridges But then a second consideration came to along the motorway Istanbul-Ankara my mind (not to my lips since I remained when the lacerating sound of a full-open silent on the subject for the whole exhaust, connected to a powerful two- duration of my prison time): maybe cylinders, announced the incoming shielded by Aerostich or camouflaged as a redness of a Ducati full speed: a flash and Grand Prix leather hero, the same rider, the rider was well in front of us, stretched with the same behaviour would have been over the tank, with jeans and “rocker” judged differently: an excessive jacket, moving at over 160 KpH, professional training for advanced skills. 4 We eliminate joy because we take Look at the companions of Steve ourselves too seriously, because we take McQueen riding every Sunday on quite too seriously what is, at the end, a simple motorcycles dressed with jeans splendid game. From the top: take a look and t-shirts, or at the trialists moving at the GP riders of today and consider the around in tweed pants. Now move to the seriousness of their blank personalities advertising page for motorcycle clothing compared with the “romantic picaresque of any decent (or indecent) MC magazine characters” that were populating the pit and check the suggested model: going lanes just few years ago. Riders (and around for a spin on Sunday dressed as pilots) partying the night before, the “gladiator of the circuits” or the “Paris throwing away the cigarette at the start Dakar sponsored professional”. line and going to race to death on quite We take ourselves and our game too unstable and temperamental machines. seriously and we make it complicated, we transform education and knowledge in a business game for profit, we convert simple machine in technological wonders. We kill the joy. “Taking too seriously” is often covered by a call to professionalism, to be expert and competent, to know and use the last of technology, forgetting that competence and knowledge are just tools for sharing and loving, oblivious that professionalism is just a media for unity, ignorant of the fact that been “good at” is just a position of service to others and not glory to the self. “Taking the self too seriously 5 taking a game too seriously” is the simple things is joyful: we need to learn beginning of the ruin: if you take life too how to ride well with joy, we have to seriously you are already dead. share our experience with other riders with joy, we have to protect ourselves The joy come from the ludic aspect of the with joy, we have to use good and modern whole life: going back to being a kid. We vehicles with joy, we have to congregate kill the joy when we eliminate the with joy and we have to talk among bikers madness and we introduce the millions of with joy. rules designed to protect the idiots; in this way we transform a group of friend in No better conclusion to this set of a small replica of decadent parliaments, consideration that the note that Andrew the bunch of riders companion into an Longshow (Wookie master and Observer) organized-group-ride with road-master uses to close his messages: “Have fun and all the infernal things of parading, and be safe. But don't be too safe when we transform a simple game into a not to have fun” complicated events. "We're living in a world that contributes in a major way to mental fragmentation, disintegration, distraction, de-coherence" and the absence of joy, the introduction of complicated rules, the taking of the self too seriously are the accelerators to de-coherence. Biking is simple and as all 6 From Lee Park “TOTAL CONTROL” book that can be bought at www.ommriders.com “Faith is a trust in your knowledge”... desired by the artist. ”How many times have you seen two Art and Science are the indivisible couple racers on equal equipment and tires go at the center of any human achievement: through a turn at the same speed and yet art to feed the vision, science to guide the watched only one of them crash? execution, art to fuel desire and Sometimes it is a case of one rider imagination, science to express what has making a mistake, but other times it been announced. comes down to the difference in confidence level. The more faith you Art and Science move together and any have, the more confident you will be. attempt of separation kill the twins. This is one of the reasons why Science without art is sterile and violent; motorcycling has to often been described art without science is futile and onanistic. as a religious experience”. From Andrew Longshow after a day of “Why do I want to be a Trainer or an training and observation: “The trainee Observer?” To pass the “science” of riding riders made no mistakes apart from showing to an ignorant fellow the level of some harsh steering… nevertheless the knowledge that can be reached with essence of Systematic Advanced riding application and money? Or to pass the was missing. I argue that advanced passion and enthusiasm for the Art of riding is an art form; art works with Riding together with the Science needed science but requires that 'human to support the art? element'. It is true that a statue is the expression of That is why a painting may be a master art… but a statue requires a lot of science piece to one person but a piece of to be carved and to stand in the position garbage to another. With only science, 7 what is, is. I saw riders whose actions continue but we should get worried when where correct in execution without an a Test (IAM or RoSPA) or a Grading are understanding of the why, without involved. There is limited time to inspiration of the reasons… The “Golds”, produce the goods. You pay your cash the best riders in my group where those and, hell; you want a certificate at the end who when shown elements of ART had of it: so it is easier to teach how to pass the “revelation” moment and gave me the Test rather than explain how to ride. THEIR ride not a ride they thought I 2. The riders coming through OMM wanted to see. training are young without too much Best example of this was the girl on the experience and we show them advanced Hornet 900. Best on the highway with a techniques when some of the near perfect ride but flat on the twisty. intermediate stuff not fully in place. Stopped, had a chat, showed her, invited 3. As per #2 but applies to the her to ''stop being correctly boring and Trainer/Observers. They have not ridden ride the bloody bike''. Then her ride many bikes, not done as many miles, shone through” have not track or off road experience. Why we see less Art and more 4. Teaching is hard work. Learning is “Science only”? Why more correct hard work. Life is hard work full stop. rides without inspiration? Why a Sometimes people default to the easiest repetitive sequence of empty act as route. “If this rider is crap, I just show prescribed by the System but no him enough to get through the Test and passion for real advanced, then the next student maybe better”. progressive, I-am-all-here rides? What is missing is the 'thinking' phase Again Andrew gives 4 reasons and I of the ride. Do this and you will get the repeat them to open a debate: Grade or Pass the test: so only science, 1. Commercial schools/trainers have crude and violent science, repetitive set their place and I think they need to of actions without ART. And, naturally, without Joy. 8 PATIENCE: one of the POWER VIRTUE for GOOD RIDING Engin Balaban, OMM Rider and IAM to chance. Did you ever ask yourself Senior Observer, one of the forces behind whether you can be patient and analyze the development of A.R.A. in Turkey does (noticeable or unnoticeable) dangers and not look or act as a man of patience but timing before overtaking the vehicle? If he cultivates this, often forgotten and you ask yourself that kind of questions often under evaluated, virtue when you do not only ride by thinking but also riding: and, boys, he rides! give priority to the security, not to chance. Having spoken several times about “humility” as an instrumental virtue for Patience: Is it the right time? By taking excellence I am really happy to increase into consideration the road-weather the list of POWER VIRTUES for RIDING: conditions, and thinking about yours and welcome “PATIENCE” other road users' security of others and of course yours, you have to ask yourself “is “All human power is a compound of time it now the right time to overtake?” and patience.” Honoré de Balzac Where to exercise patience? Wherever Here is a virtue to meditate about and to you are. While walking, running, talking, use when you are riding: Patience. eating, riding even sleeping and especially What is patience? It is the ability to wait, while learning something or building your or to continue doing something despite skills, you have to be patient. difficulties, or to suffer without Frankly speaking, most of us do not have complaining or getting annoyed. even the patience to read “user manuals” For what is patience? Not to leave space of expensive and complex items: we buy a 9 television, and we read the note saying 5 stages; information, position, speed, “Before operating this item get in touch gear and acceleration. with the authorized service”, we call the service and they say they come to install Here, in all the stages of the system is only two days later. Two days… How can application of patience. And if you are we wait for two days for it? We have paid patient enough to consider, you will lots of money… we can't wait. Moreover understand why. we opened the box thinking “there is a To gather as much information as match tonight and I will enjoy watching it needed, requires time to see, to smell and on the big screen finally on HD”. We take to hear. Argus-eyed observation gives the instructions, papers and booklets, give rider extra time to think and to react. them to wife to put away… on one of Information that we gather with good those booklets the title reads observation allows us to adapt “the “INSTRUCTION FOR USE” … just keep it system” to the road-weather conditions; in case… for later… It's too thick for “information that comes constantly, now… Plug it in then turn it on, take the zapper and push one of the channel's buttons, no it doesn't work. Ok, no problem, there are 34 more to try, don't worry, one of them will work. Lucky or unlucky, we spend a lot of time for nothing just because we don't have enough time and patience to read the manuals. While we are occasionally patient we never show this virtue while building our riding skills. Why? We all know that “the system” consists of 10 accumulates and is transferred to all the Most of us are not patient to choose the stages of the system” says Roadcraft. right speed. All we want is to hit the gas and take corners. Next time check if you You have to be patient to collect “the hold your breath on the bend or not. If information” from the road too. There have been times when you see a vehicle you feel that you hold your breath and get stressed that means you are too fast for ...You have trying to cross your path at the eleventh hour when you think that you have the bend, you will either brake in the to be middle of the curve or you will chop the collected all the information to overtake: it can be failure to observe sufficiently but throttle. Thus, you can't have the proper patient to sense of acceleration. “Sense of under the skin there is patience too. Waiting till the last step to collect the acceleration is to change the speed using collect the throttle according to the road and traffic information, sum up them and ride conditions” says Roadcraft. But we are information according to the plan. For these, we need to be patient. even not patient to use throttle. on the Gear choice can make the riding better or We have to be patient while taking position on the road. worse. Choosing the right gear in road.. accordance with the speed is one of the There has been time that we lose our most system's milestones. While position at a corner and, here again, the approaching a curve, gearing down is most important criteria is still patience. generally selected before slowing down. We have to wait till the end of the curve, Why don't we consider decelerate instead, and if there is no danger now we can take if required? Why don't we chop throttle or another position. In this way you can brake (if necessary) before choosing the approach the successive corner in the right gear? Here, we are not patient once right position. Losing the correct position more. We have forced the engine too early confuses all the incoming cornering much, haven't we? Our rear wheel even maneuvers. So as you see the most slides a little since we have geared down important point is still patience too. without slowing down. If we had been 11 patient enough, we wouldn't have lost our patient not to forget key elements. You concentration. And then we would not would not want to have an accident with have had to panic again saying “I think your untied helmet on or to throw your I'm too fast for this curve”. bag in the traffic for lack of securing it. Acceleration is the most delightful part of Be patient and gain time because time is riding. However, being a little impatient, the most essential thing while riding. And opening throttle too early at the corner's be patient not only to obtain the time but exit may generate loss of traction, plastic, also to improve your riding skills. metal and skin. Patience, patience, "Patience is something you admire in the patience… driver behind you, but not in one ahead." To be patient is one of the most Bill Mcglashen important keys to develop our skills, patience is not for sale but we all have it. Ride One More Mile All we need is to learn how to use it. Just participating in some OMM - A.R.A. workshops can't help you to develop your riding skills. After the workshop you have to work on what you have learned, repeat techniques and observe your own progress patiently. You can't build a house without laying the foundations; thus, you have to be very careful and patient to improve your skills since the very beginning. Even dressing up for riding demands 12 Motorcycle and Scooter RIDE TO WORK DAY is Monday, June 20th, 2011 The twentieth annual commuting their members to ride to work on this day. event is expected to more than Studies have shown that across equal double the number of riders on the distances, commuting motorcyclists reach road, according to Ride to Work, their destinations in less time than those the coordinator of the activity. using automobiles, that motorcycles and "Riding on this day showcases the scooters consume less resources per mile positive value of motorcycles and than automobiles, and that they take up scooters for transportation. It is an less space on roads. Motorcycle and economical, efficient and socially scooter riders seek improved employer responsible form of mobility that recognition and support for this form of saves energy, helps the transportation, and more public and environment and provides a broad government awareness of the positive range of other public benefits," value of riding. states Andy Goldfine, the event organizer. The 2011 public service advertisements are available as digital image files at Motorcycle and scooter enthusiasts and http://www.ridetowork.org/ride-to- rider organizations worldwide encourage work-day-ads More information on RTW Day is available at the Ride to Work Day website: http://www.ridetowork.org 13 TOTAL CONTROL: adapted from an original booklet published by The Norsk Motorcykkel Union ...Many riders By linking to OMM website and Many riders repeatedly act incorrectly, downloading from the front page the yet get away with it because they build repeatedly TOTAL CONTROL documents you will be into their riding wide safety margins. or able to read (29 pages) one of the best are simply lucky. They ride on in good act pieces recently written on Advanced faith and ignorance and in that way incorrectly... Riding. We have to thank Norsk establish a whole bunch of poor riding Motorcykkel Union and Jon Taylor. Jon habits. These habits can then turn on presented the article to OMM and “made them in a critical situation and lead a few minor adjustments to the Total directly to an accident. Control article so that it fits in with It is therefore quite reasonable to believe Roadcraft terminology and best practices that many of the accidents that happen (particularly the Acceleration section are directly caused by the rider's own where it refers to overtaking exercises) instinctive actions. Conscious effort to This article describes an effective and learn precise riding techniques, and thus precise riding technique while also beat instinct, will inevitably lead to helping you to understand the essential increased enjoyment with fewer physics of a motorcycle. In addition it 'problems'. To change working habits also offers you a series of exercises that demands perseverance. you can work on every time you ride. It takes humility to realize that you may Through systematic practicing you can be wrong, and a measure of stubbornness learn to override dangerous instincts and to practice systematically. The reward is let the bike do what it is best at. more fun and increased safety. 14 Of course, a precise riding technique is we have had to simplify the scientific and not by itself sufficient to become a physical explanations a lot. As they are, competent rider. There's a lot of other they are a good starting point to knowledge you need in order to become a understand what happens physically good rider. Other articles offer riding tips, when you steer, brake or accelerate your but in many of these, a precise riding machine. technique is treated superficially. We explain each subject of riding This article is written to help you practice technique separately and later put them on your own and establish accurate together as a whole. Along with the technique. chapters of riding technique we have described exercises that you can employ All two-wheelers without exception when you are out riding on the road. One steer, brake and accelerate according to of the last chapters describes more the same physical principles. demanding and specific exercises to be That's why precise riding technique is practiced in an area without traffic. equally important whether on a Harley or Your machine is a precision instrument, a sports bike. ready to follow whatever command you This article is laid out as a handbook or give it. But you have to give it the right reference book. commands. The key word is communication. The bike does what you You can read it in the order you choose. ask of it, but if you disturb it, the result Start with what interests you the most. may not be what you intended. It is, We start out with the physical forces that therefore, important to understand how influence the bike and why it is built the the machine works best, what it needs in Click on the NMCU logo above to read more way it is. A natural consequence of and to download the full article order to do its very best, and what physical laws is that some riding prerequisites are essential for it to do its techniques are more efficient than others. job perfectly. But since this is not an in-depth textbook, 15 DO YOU NEED 10 YEARS TO ENJOY BIKING from Wookie (yes is stillAndrew but.. We lile what he does & writes Is the “10 Year Rule” [that in average one Florida and rode almost every day for 4 needs ten years of intense application to years. master a skill or competence] correct? When I moved back to England I got a job Yes I would say it's true, BUT! which gave me a company car so I didn't ride during the week. When I got on the “Why is there always a BUT? Dear Mr. bike my riding was CRAP. Seemed it took Longshaw, you have just won the me ages to get back in the 'groove'. But I National Nigerian Lottery, BUT! couldn't get much practice. Hello Andrew and welcome to Paradise, When I did go riding a lot of it was BUT first let's check your file [end of my teaching beginners. stay in Paradise]. So not much of a challenge. Changed jobs Andy I love you, BUT!” again and this is where the TYR comes in. Well with the TYR I have one more BUT For the next 16 years I commuted to work and one 'You May Want to Consider'. by bike. Another BUT here. I have seen riders who have commuted for decades First a history lesson. I started riding at and you wonder how they ever survived. 16 which is now 28 years ago. This is a bit But my job involved shifts so a lot of the of a surprise since I never thought much time I was riding to/from work at 04.00 past the age of 30. or 23.00 so almost no traffic. Had a From the ages of 16-19 I rode all the time. selection of routes and the minimum From 19-23 I was travelling a lot and my distance was 28 miles [45KM] each way. riding was intermittent. Then I moved to So lots of “progressive” [on occasions 16 very progressive] riding in all conditions. days, off roading or club racing. This I think is the reason why my riding But you have to FOCUS not just float and has improved so much over the years. 'if I don't train the world soon knows”. BUT [again] without any form of external observation how do I know if my riding is Now for the “CONSIDER” bit. Are you fit any good? enough to ride? A hero of mine is John Deacon who raced the Dakar on a BMW While I may think I'm the “dog's R900GS and died during the Master Rally bollocks” [English slang for being very in August 2001. good], in fact I'm the donkey's arse. When he was asked about his training he I became involved in the Advanced said “I don't do much stuff in the gym but Riding world. This means that at least I do a lot of miles on the bike. I'm RIDE once a year a professional critic is FIT” - BUT - as the years pass [plus 40 as looking at my ride to see how it is and a rough guide] - the excess and damage of pass comment on it. previous years start to catch up with you. I also started to teach others which meant Because of my job change I had to make I had to maintain my standards. So the sure I was fit enough to pass tests in order commute to work to get the job. Other friends had to look at was my basic their 'fitness' for various reasons from material and the work, to health, to not fitting into their advanced riding leathers. was the polish. There are lots of We don't all have to be super athletes but different ways to you should CONSIDER how your diet, maintain your fitness and general health affect your standard of riding. You can't be a great rider if you are riding, for out of breath getting the bike off its side example track stand! 17 TAKE IT SERIOUSLY or MAYBE NOT Finally, after years of study and millions advanced qualification. of pound spent, most in-depth safety Using a Triumph Daytona 675 study conducted by the Nottingham motorcycle mounted on a custom University using motorcycle simulator is simulator, three groups of riders completed and the results are were put through identical astounding: advanced riders ride better scenarios, as well as other tasks in than non-advanced riders. Keep reading the laboratory to test aspects of (is real) their hazard perception and SCIENTISTS AT Nottingham behavior. The findings showed that University have investigated the experience on its own does not attitudes, behaviors and skills of make riders safer on the road and different types of riders according in some cases the experienced to their level of experience and riders behaved more like the novice training, using a new motorcycle riders. Advanced riders used better simulator - with surprising results. road positioning to anticipate and respond to hazards, kept to urban The study, carried out by speed limits, and actually made researchers at The University of better progress through bends than Nottingham's Centre for Motorcycle riders without the formal advanced Ergonomics & Rider Human training. Factors, was designed to find out whether or not riders with Dr Alex Stedmon from the Human advanced training actually ride Factors Research Group, said: “This well than those that don't have an is one of the most in-depth studies of its kind ever conducted. It's been 18 a fantastic opportunity for us in the Faculty of Engineering to work IS IT ME? from Rapid Training News alongside colleagues in the School firstname.lastname@example.org of Psychology focusing on high impact research with a relevance to all motorcyclists. It has I do not believe that we need an demonstrated clear differences introduction to this brief note that between the rider groups and appeared on Rapid Training bulletin last potential benefits to advanced year at this time: I kept with me and I training above and beyond rider enjoyed every time I read it. You may not experience and basic training. know who is Jeremy Vine and you may be Whilst experience seems to help oblivious of any radio program in UK. But develop rider skills to an extent, the idiocy of boy scouts that try to protect advanced training appears to us from the JOY of LIVING must be develop deeper levels of awareness, perception and responsibility. It something that you experienced at least also appears to make riders better few time. urban riders and quicker, smoother In a world without risks, in a world and safer riders in rural settings.” “sanitized you may get the feeling of Dr David Crundall from the School living longer but you will definitely live of Psychology added: “This is real narrower. cutting edge research and the Is it me? I already know the answer, but hazard perception results, in what the hell. If I don't quite qualify as a particular, have shown that grumpy old man yet, then at least I'm a advanced riders were quicker to grumpy middle-aged man. I found myself identify hazards and had a greater yelling at the radio, which I know is not awareness on their responsibility the actions of the sanest amongst us. But to themselves and other road my blood was boiling. It was Jeremy Vine users.” (an English Radio Presenter n.o.e) I know 19 its crap but it is usually on in the office so of course flawed as I'm a motorcyclist and I get sucked in. Today they were clearly as intelligent as retarded plankton discussing a child of six had been killed in this woman's eyes. I know its dodgy riding a motocross bike and it was a ground to think of criticizing a charity run typical let's ban them conversation. by people whose loved ones have been killed on the roads, but their agendas are They had wheeled out a spokesperson often extreme. Some display a hatred for from 'Brake'. This is a “road safety” all things vehicular. While I don't wish to charity and they obviously campaign for diminish some of the good work they do, better road safety. However, this woman some of them are on a crusade to stop all was outraged that any parent could movement of traffic over 20 mph. May be contemplate letting anyone who wasn't an dealing with crashes for a living gives me adult loose on a bike. There were “risks” a “shit happens” attitude, but I can't think and no child should ever experience a of anything worse than living in a risk. The poor guy from an organized sanitized risk free world that these people motocross school who was trying to give want. the pro argument was obviously looked upon as a dangerous lunatic. Is it only me You may live longer, or will it just feel like (and I am sure you will tell me if it is!) it. that thinks this is bollocks! We are surely I remember running a competition for designed to revel in risk and get extreme young drivers a few years ago. We had a pleasure from it. Obviously there need to be some controls, but to deny kids the thrill of risky behavior seems to explain to me why there are so many odd adults about! My argument is 20 representative from another of these charities along, she was upset that the OPPURTUNITY entrants were visibly enjoying TO RIDE themselves, as in her words “driving is not there to be enjoyed”. The will to live TWO saps from my body! The people at Aerostich are spreading With this issue of the bulletin the good news: “Help all the plants grow we are opening a special page big and strong by topping off the tank with high octane and riding more. Who dedicated to opportunities knows, the plants you feed today could for riding, for going ONE become the fuel your descendants will MORE MILE. We welcome burn in another 150 million years. Who your suggestions both in would have thought recycling could be terms of rides you have done such fun. Riding more and more often: and/or information that you 1. Helps green up the Earth. received for good riding 2. Redistributes energy pent up inside occasions. From strange refined hydrocarbons. itineraries in Turkey, to 3. Provides precious carbon dioxide to opportunities on the other hungry plants. side of the Globe all 4. Help create more fuels for future suggestions are good. We generations. also welcome your comment And.. it is more fun than saving once you tried one of the aluminum cans and old newspapers” You opportunities that we present can buy badge and paraphernalia by here. clicking here. 21 DO NOT TAKE IT SERIOUSLY Robert Khodadad great friend, writes:”I just got a radar detector for OMM rider and trainer, founder of the bike and it works great. It comes Bike Turkey has finally solved the with a special fitting kit and bolts problem of speed control and sent straight onto the GS in about an us the latest accessory that he tested hour, connect a couple of cables and on his bike to fight the radars, now your away. so popular on our roads. Robert The range is unbelievable, I reckon about 10km's which I haven't seen on a bike before. I really recommend you get one - if you like I can put you in touch with the supplier here in Turkey. Check it out on the picture” PROS Great range, ease of fitting CONS a bit bulky and has been known to drain batteries if left on when not riding. 22 AEROTISCH Few words of wisdom from the Master Jon Taylor who took time to read ISSUE for a 100 of the Bulletin and the article on GREEN Confidence WORLD Competence without confidence The people at Aerostich are spreading the = Not ideal but workable good news: “Help all the plants grow big and strong by topping off the tank with Confidence without competence high octane and riding more. Who knows, the plants you feed today could become = A disaster in the making the fuel your descendants will burn in another 150 million years. Who would Confidence with competence have thought recycling could be such fun. Riding more and more often: = An ideal marriage 1. Helps green up the Earth. 2. 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If you do not want to share we will THIS ADDRESS: not get offended: take note that you can use everything The White House, Number 1 Poste Restante, Washington written in the bulletin as your own ideas and get the credit DC U.S.A for it. Give good example or be a terrible warning. Manuscripts and pictures sent to the bulletin will be kept BIKING IS DANGEROUS: before biking make sure that you and treasured if good and trashed if bad: we will return only had a good meal (it could be your last one) and a good what we do not understand. If you want pictures of yourself digestion with all that comes with it. Never, and I mean (vanitas) and your friends (vanitas vanitatis et omnia never, ride with empty stomach: nothing to show when you vanitas) use your camera and check the results. are really scared. They assure us that OMM bikers are riding in Istanbul, Every accident does not happen by accident: it your Ankara, Izmir, and Bursa and all over Turkey. We are a stupidity, it is your fault and you pay for it. Horizonsunlimited community NOTHING IS MORE DANGEROUS THAN BIKING Do not ride fast, do not ride hard, and do not ride for long EXCEPT SOME KIND OF LIAISONS. Using earplugs in time or distance. Do not use the horsepower of your bike (is your nose can seriously reduce your sense of smell and the there just for fun and conversation) nor tell your mother, aesthetics of your face: same applies for tight booths and fiancé' and/or wife that you have a two-wheeler in garage. underwear. Always wear protection does not matter what you are doing. Dedicating too much time to training can be strenuous And try to enjoy life as well, in between.