Thoughts Confirmed: Car Drivers Are Spastics
Having spent the last 10 years riding through Winter on a variety of hideously unsuitable sportsbikes, this will be my first ever on four wheels.
I’m sure most of you have seen my videos from last year riding in the snow – the most noteable where I took out my near-1000hp per tonne Kawasaki ZX9R Ninja and attempted to get through the snow to a main road to get to work. When I did reach the main roads, they were almost as bad, and I eventually gave up when I started sliding backwards and sideways down a hill.
At the time this wasn’t exactly ‘fun’, but looking back now I have to say I rather enjoyed the challenge, and am especially glad to have caught it on camera!
And while bad, this wasn’t the worst! A few years before I’d ridden my Honda VFR750 FM down more than 10 miles of abandoned roads covered in 6″ of snow, passing many cars which had given up. Ironically, this journey also ended with me sliding backwards down a hill within sight of my house, and I had to dump the bike in a safe place for the night.
Now THAT was both very scary and very kick-ass!
I love to do stuff that nobody else has done. Stuff that nobody else would even attempt to do!
If that involves using some actual skills and talent then it’s a proper bo bonus!
So I booked up a skid-pan training course to do in the car. And the snow hit yesterday with my course still a few weeks away! Doh!
Now, I’m fully aware that I’m still a rookie driver, even though I’m eager to grab any advanced training that I can.
Right now I’m no Driving God. OK, so I have to slow down my thinking to drive cars, because it all happens so much slower than on a bike. Apparently this biking stuff has taught me to be a perfectionist on the controls, actually THINK about the whole driving experience, and plan well in advance.
And THAT’S the problem!
Come on! If I can be smooth and not crash a 16 year old rustbucket on skinny tyres, then what the Hell is every other flid doing on the roads?
I have renamed the Bromsgrove-Redditch dual carriageway ‘Flid Road’, because every single day some fuck-tard manages to crash and close it off!
Honestly, I’m the Rookie and yet nobody else has a -ing clue about how to drive as soon as they’re faced with adverse conditions? It’s shocking!
Or maybe it’s because I invested in a Madcatz steering wheel controller for the Xbox 360, and if I can get a TVR Cerbera around Mugello on road tyres, a snowy commute in a Fiat Uno just isn’t going to challenge my skillz?