Ride Like Mackenzie: Road Survival

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Submitted by Niall Mackenzie on Thu, 11/11/2010 - 14:23

Now I know road survival sounds about as fun as watching paint dry while listening to Will Young's greatest hit, but bear with me. Obviously it'll never be as sexy as learning to hoist massive stand-up wheelies or how to slot in a sub 1.36-second lap of Donington, but as the road's where we all spend most of our time then staying alive while we're there is really rather useful. It also means we can get to our next trackday/deserted backroad stretch faster, smoother and more safely. So actually, road survival is a very good thing, and without it we'd all be, umm, not alive and that would be bad so sit up straight at the back and pay some bloody attention.

Hopefully you all got on alright with last month's homework and can now demolish roads you know just as well as those you don't, cutting a swathe through your local countryside with all the grace and majesty of an eagle soaring above the highland lochs and glens, feathers fluttering in the crisp Scottish air, and... sorry, getting a bit carried away there, but you get the point.

But now we have a lesson to get on with so let us away for a ride through some everyday terrain and a bit of a chat, starting in town...

Now I know road survival sounds about as fun as watching paint dry while listening to Will Young's greatest hit, but bear with me. Obviously it'll never be as sexy as learning to hoist massive stand-up wheelies or how to slot in a sub 1.36-second lap of Donington, but as the road's where we all spend most of our time then staying alive while we're there is really rather useful. It also means we can get to our next trackday/deserted backroad stretch faster, smoother and more safely. So actually, road survival is a very good thing, and without it we'd all be, umm, not alive and that would be bad so sit up straight at the back and pay some bloody attention.

Hopefully you all got on alright with last month's homework and can now demolish roads you know just as well as those you don't, cutting a swathe through your local countryside with all the grace and majesty of an eagle soaring above the highland lochs and glens, feathers fluttering in the crisp Scottish air, and... sorry, getting a bit carried away there, but you get the point.

But now we have a lesson to get on with so let us away for a ride through some everyday terrain and a bit of a chat, starting in town...

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