Friday, September 25, 2009
...Perhaps we were wrong, perhaps a gravel trap slide is not lame, perhaps it is actually the street crash that should carry the shameful badge of lamicity. So in name of science and general fair play we decided to test this theory at the local track. Our bike of choice for this kind of testing is a one-off titanium framed Arc Ducati. Carbon Fiber and exotic metals be damned - we were willing to stuff this fine Italian bitch deep into the infield in our quest for truth. And as it just so happens we did - right off the apex of turn 3. PIR was angry that day my friends, and we were just a bit too greedy with the throttle. At some point in the ensuing cloud of gravely debris she punched a hole in her ETI kevlar fuel tank, shattered the Zero Gravity, and cracked up some of Hot Bodies finest. The Icon leathers sustained some minor asphalt tattooing and a macroderm patch removal, but will clearly live to fight another day. As for the rider, no injuries were sustained other than bruised pride and an abraded wallet. So what were the results of our dubious experiment? The outcome of the 'Turn 3' versus 'Main Street' debate which has caused so much forum angst? All we can say is that all crashes suck, both physically and financially. Hopefully you will never have to endure one (good luck with that). But if forced to choose we'd take the gravel trap slide over t-boning a Prius any day. Debate over - talk amongst yourselves.