Monday, April 29, 2013

Mad Skillz...

Reader Jerry sends in a video of an annual police motorcycle competition. I'm pretty sure I've posted a previous year's video before, but this continues to amaze the hell out of me. I took a long ride yesterday with Baby Girl G. as passenger, and hauling a touring bike around with a squirmy 10 year old is tough.

These guys, though, handle a course I couldn't do on a sportbike with the same machine. Enjoy this display of skill:



To these guys, the Tail of the Dragon would be child's play...

That is all.

7 comments:

John said...

Head and eyes up, looking at where they want to go, not where they are.

Easy to say, tough to do.

I'm still learning to trust the new bike.

And I still get a bit freaked when I meet a car setting up for a left turn...

Anonymous said...

pretty impressive,especially the hardly runagain in the beginning! I hated to try pushing those things! Look up some trial bikes,they can turn those around in a broom closet on the front tire!

Unknown said...

I am a very good rider, but if I was to ride for a living, I could do this too.

Wolfman said...

Kinda makes me wonder- were these guys riders before they were Motorcycle cops? Is this born from training? If its training, its GOOD training, an there's nothing like riding all day every day to know the true limits of your machinery. Sadly, my bike hasn't turned a tire in two years. She's inside, so she's not getting rusty, but I am. She needs to come out this summer.

Anonymous said...

back in 85,I bought a new husqvarna,got a training class with Larry Roesler and scott Harden,baja 500 champs..we rode down some little goat trail you could barely walk down,much less ride.We got to the bottom of a canyon filled with TV size boulders.Larry asked how we'd choose a line to ride thru it...most of us would have carried a bike before riding thru it!So,he decided to show us how to do it.He was on a 510 thumper,I'm on a 500 2 stroke.He got halfway up the goat path,turned around,hit 5th gear and launched the bike about 50 yards into the canyon..it was humbling...
Dean in az

Six said...

Motor school was...fun. Watch the riders and notice how they keep their spine straight, head level with the ground, while pivoting at the waist. The best police motor riders are very fluid in the lower back. I was amazed how much more confident I was on my personal bike after I went through motor school. Slow speed skills may not relate directly to high speed but control is control and learning where to look and proper control input can be life saving.

Laura said...

Jay, you remember the test to get your license? Did your test have the box in which you're supposed to ride in a figure 8 without putting a foot down?

My instructor (through Harley) rode his full dresser through the box without touching the sides or putting a foot down. I was floored. There's something to be said for the men and women who live on those bikes day in and day out...