Are you a psychic motorcycle rider?
I bet you already are…or can and will be…if you ride enough.
Since the term “psychic” is one of those words in contemporary society that, for some persons, is fraught with opinion, emotion and even fraud, let’s consider a definition as a point of reference. Here’s how the Cambridge International Dictionary of English defines psychic: “having a special mental ability, for example so that you are able to know what will happen in the future or know what people are thinking”.
Although there is no substitute for motorcycle education, training, and especially long-term “experience” to offer continually safe motorcycle adventures and travels, I bet you have had your own traffic events where you could inexplicably perceive when some car or truck was just about to turn into your lane – without adequately checking the path they were moving into – which gave you just enough time to reposition yourself to avert an unplanned meeting. And if you have had this happen, I’d then bet it’s happened more than once.
Or how about pleasantly blasting down a highway for some time, enjoying the day, and then all of a sudden and unaccountably “getting an idea” to slow down, and after heeding the notion, found yourself a moment or so later riding into a speed trap? Or how about the same scenario where you did not heed the “notion” to slow down?
And for those of you who commute in major metro areas and have to contend with heavy traffic, have you ever found yourself unexplainably breezing through a river of slow vehicles (I’m not talking about “jammed” or “stop and go” traffic – merely “heavy”) while traffic holes seem to magically open up in most every direction you point your bike? In other words, without even lane-splitting (which is legal in California), or without recklessly weaving in and out of traffic, you find yourself easily, safely, and effortlessly slipping through the traffic instead of being stuck in it? Stated differently, every instantaneous navigating decision you make results in a riding flow optimal for the circumstances as all the right holes are opening and closing to accommodate your passing. This isn’t just instantly reacting to traffic holes that are opening up; this is apparently “knowing” that a hole will open up as you approach.
Or is this just rider luck? If so, then sometimes I am a very lucky rider, and I bet sometimes you are, too.
On the other hand, whether you have had any or all of these experiences, I would argue that these would also fall into the definition above. And I would prefer to presume you and I may hold some causative influence on these events, rather than just being the effect of lucky happenstance.
Personally, I have had the above events happen enough times where I do not pay them too much mind. But don’t get me wrong, I am not saying I never get traffic tickets, or that I’ve never had a motorcycle accident, or that I’ve never gotten stuck in traffic. I’ve experienced each of the above more than once. But the fact that “sometimes” this “special mental ability” seems to come into play for myself, and for others that I have spoken with, suggests there is more to riding than just the mechanics of knowing how to accelerate, turn and brake.
I wish you more safe riding – whether by luck or otherwise – and write a comment below about your “Psychic Motorcyclist” experience (or non-psychic experience).