also- i should mention- i know you're taking the msf course-
but target fixation is no jokehttp://www.msgroup.org/TIP069.html
i'll tell you why i dont ride anymore, and will not again unless it's racing on a track.
i'm coming down a straight downhill onramp, staying in the right lane because i'm heading through an interchange i think i know- ironically heading to the ducati dealership to schedule service-
i come down, accelerating, come up over the rise, somehow missing the 35mph sign.
i'm doing 110 at this point.
as i come over the rise, i see a hard left, and think "oh shit, this is not how i thought it was"...
i was immediately hard on the brake, but saw myself heading right towards the right wall.
target fixation took hold- i had slowed to about 50mph when i hit, surely slow enough to make it around the corner-
but i was looking at the wall
and i hit the wall
EXACTLY where i was looking at it.
i fell on my left side and had deep gashes to my knee, and my calve looked really cool like a football-
the entire thing was a big scab with the hairs on my leg making dimples.
why is this important?
because i'm an *expert* driver.
put me in anything with four wheels and i tear shit up.
and i've had a good amount of off-road motorcycle experience-
but in my 10+ years of driving experience i had never experienced that level of things.
and i never lost traction on my bike before i crashed it.
one of the first things you learn when driving hard is to "look ahead" and "look where you want to go"-
the mental mechanics are the same both in a car and on a bike, but somehow because of the intimate connection when on a bike, target fixation is amplified incredibly.
the feeling was surreal- "the bike won't turn", "i can't turn"
hell i'll just dissuade you-
errands in the city?
get a twist-and-go like dina- shifting a bike fucking sux on most SF streets where you're stopping often, going slow, uphill etc-
you want to go fast?
sell your accord or whatever you've got- get an A4 3.0 or something- or one of the new BMW 3-series-
shit the 335i is about equal to my M3.
which is plenty car for me- and that's saying something :)
jeez- not meaning to curse you, but it would be a shame for you to end up as a stain :)