Do we get too obsessed by "real"?

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OP MOD Tom Caldwell Forum Pro • Posts: 43,382
Re: Great biking climate

GnarlydogOZ wrote:

Tom Caldwell wrote:

Australia has been said to be “the Lucky Country” - it should have been said about biking. We have so much of the year when the weather is favourable.

It is possible to rug up in cold weather but somehow the cold weather additions remove quite a lot of the tactile feedback. The rider who could bare knuckle on a frosty day has my admiration and wonderment on just how good their circulation might be. Thick warm gloves prevent frostbite.

On the other side of the coin, we don’t often realise just how hot that black leather gear is on a warmish day until we stop.

Here we have an image of a mans modern day steed that still demands a lot of affection and care just like his ancestor’s horse, but is happy to sit quietly in a relatively small space when not being ridden. It might need lots of affection but at least it does not need lots of hay and a paddock to run around in when not saddled up.

I would wonder why the average biker would not focus on such a lovely steed and let the pure and perfect background fall into soft focus.

You have represented well here and it cannot be faulted - an image should draw the viewers attention to its subject matter in a manner that pleases the eye.

That you can do this with one of your converted lenses is a real achievement.

Oh that I was a bit younger and had not given myself so many other tasks in life and I would spend some misbegotten old age exploring Australia on two wheels.

thank you.

With your outstandingly eloquent comment you indeed support my theory that an image is incredibly subjective, and emotional only if one had the life experience to feel that.

To somebody that has not ridden a motorcycle (as you say, the modern horse) your explanation of what you feel by observing my image is totally lost. Some might even feel enraged or repulsed by such image (maybe a bad experience with a motorcycle?) while you, on the other hand, long for the freedom and excitement that such machine can bring.

I have not ridden much since I retired.  Riding to work became a habit and was way out non-U for a professional - I should have had an Audi or BMW (car) perhaps…

But my staff accepted me as “normal”, a secretary might suggest to me that I should go home early when the weather looked like it was turning ugly.

But of course in my devil might care biker-tough I usually preferred to finish what I was doing. Then there was the routine of getting into the Michelin-man suit, sometimes in “just damp” I would hazard the ride in just the leather jacket and business trousers.  Only got wet from knee down from road spray unless held up at traffic lights. I have a patient wife ….

But such was the intelligence and “thoughtfulness” of car drivers on the open road when they swooped past in truly wet weather and immediately cut-in closely in front and “drowned” the hapless biker in their spray-wake.

My Dad used to comment that car drivers should first have to ride a motor-bike for a few years to understand just why they rode these bikes and to also have some appreciation of good road manners towards those that were still riding bikes.  Perhaps a bit of experience truck driving would help as well …..

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