My First “Motus Moment”

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On Thu, May 12, 2016 at 9:41 AM, Steve Sxxxxx <xxxxxxxxxxx@gmail.com> wrote:

Hello,  Great to see you again at Hamlin Cycles – hopefully the ride home was uneventful.  I’m writing to share my first “Motus Moment” with you.  Earlier this week after work Tom and I went for a ride to the Saville Dam in western Connecticut.  It’s always great to spend some quality time riding with Tom.  We do this ride several times a year – it’s a beautiful area and only about a 2 hour round trip so we can be home before it gets dark.  You’ve seen Tom’s Suzuki GSX-S1000 – he loves the tight stuff and he generally rides more aggressively than I do.

On the way back, we took a different route that included a stretch with some nice twisties that we’ve ridden several times before when I was riding my K1600.  When I ride stretches of road like this, I’m generally so focused on the road and where I’m going that I don’t pay any attention to the tach/speedometer.  I’ll never set any speed records on these stretches (nor am I trying to) – I just ride within my abilities at a safe, brisk pace and have a good time.  As we rode through this stretch of twisties, I did catch Tom’s headlights in my mirrors a couple of times and wondered to myself why he was hanging back quite a bit farther than usual.  I love stretches of road like this so I had a big grin on my face the whole time.  On the way home, we stopped for a burger and I asked him about it.

Me: “How come you were hanging so far back in the twisties?”

Tom:  “You scared the heck out of me Dad.”

Me:  “What do you mean, why would you be scared?”

Tom:  “I’ve never seen you ride a motorcycle through corners like that.”

Me:  “It was just a brisk pace – we’ve done that same stretch of road before when I was riding my K1600.  I wasn’t doing anything crazy.”

Tom:  “Dad, when we hit 85 through a couple of the corners, I became worried so I backed off.”

Me:  “What are you talking about?  We weren’t doing anywhere near 85 – maybe 60 or 65 tops.”

Tom (very serious):  “Dad, no BS, you were doing 85 when I backed off…”

I thought about what Tom had shared with me for a minute and had my first real “Motus Moment”.  I’m not a “street racer” by any stretch and I know the Motus isn’t going to win any MotoGP races but I felt absolutely connected with the Motus through that stretch of road.  As I looked through the corners, the bike just tracked exactly where I wanted it to go and felt very stable.  No surprises, no wallowing – just rock solid and I never felt like I was over my head or on the ragged edge.  Did I mention I had a big grin on my face the whole time?

Hope all is well!

Best Regards,

Steve Sxxxxxxxxx