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Why we need to go fast.

The earth rotates on its axis at about 1000 miles per hour. The earth also files around the sun about 67,000 miles per hour. Our solar system moves through the Milky Way galaxy at about 492,126 miles per hour. Do you see pattern here? Do you get the idea? We’re all on the move.

You have been moving since you were conceived, it’s not your fault. It’s in your DNA. The construction or design of your DNA surely was influenced from all of this motion. So I guess it’s only natural that we have created things that make us go faster. You have been told that nothing can travel faster than the speed of light, but that’s not going to keep us from trying.

My favorite thing to go fast on is my 2010 Yamaha Vmax. When I turn the throttle enough– the keyword here is enough; notice I didn’t say all the way, just enough– I go into the “Oh shit” mode. Not the “Really fun” mode or this is “Really cool” mode. No, it’s right to the “Oh shit” mode. The “Oh shit” mode is whole different place. What exactly is the “Oh shit” mode? Well, let’s use this analogy.

Let’s suppose you like skydiving. You jump out of the airplane and after certain time period you reach down to pull the rip-cord. But in your haste to jump out of the airplane, you forgot to put on a parachute. Yep, there it is, the “Oh shit” mode.

As I get older, I thought that my need for speed would decrease, but it didn’t for some reason. Maybe “this a bad idea” neuron didn’t fire in my brain yet. It could be that the connection is disconnected during acceleration or it was blocked by “this is fun” neuron.

It seems that going fast in a car is not the same as going fast on a motorcycle. There’s a lot more feedback when you travel fast on a motorcycle. This is what going fast is all about, feedback from acceleration.

So the next time you get pulled over for doing 100 miles per hour in a 40 miles per hour speed zone, just tell the officer that it’s in your DNA. Also remind him that you were really going 492,126,100 miles per hour. See how that goes.

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  1. July 11, 2010 at 8:24 pm

    Hi There Bill
    I’m not cool though my kindergarten kids think I am (but then they think that if you can ride a two wheeler without training wheels, you’re really cool!) And I don’t go fast or fancy, but I do like to go far – on my VStar 650 Custom (don’t laugh, I’ve ridden a single cylinder 650 Savage to Jackson Hole Wyoming and back to Ontario, CA not to mention a 250 suzuki mauradar around Lake Superior when they told me it couldn’t be done).
    Read you’re blog comment to Lilred and I’m with you. I’m on day 9 of my first solo (21 day) tour by bike and “Garmin Dan” is my BFF. Oh he and I have had occassional words and I still pack all the maps for where I might be headed but the GPS is invaluable (for safety) in unfamiliar territory, especially cities when it’s very handy to know which way you’ll be turning next and in just about how soon. As for carrying a tire patch kit, I carry a CAA card (with towing for motorcycles), I’ll leave the patching to experts (there’s too much riding on my tires for me to do it). I bought my first bike in the 70’s but have only been touring for the last 5 years seriously, but am loving it.

    • July 18, 2010 at 9:25 pm

      Hello Karen

      Thanks for looking at my blog. You’ve gone farther then me and I’ve got a Goldwing. I’ve got 1.5 years before my teaching career comes to end. I plan on taking some long trips then, never could get away before. I hope you kept journals for all of your trips. Be safe and have fun.

      Haven’t seen any tweets from you lately, make sure tweet about your experiences.

      My Twitter handle is coolcycledude.

      Again, be safe and have fun.


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