Far Island Fox Hunt: On the importance of indicators
Dual sport bikes are a heap of fun. They adapt to a variety of conditions and if not pushed too hard into too challenging terrain will respond favourably. And therein lies the problem. The more fun we are having the less we think about our limitations and the more natural it feels to push the boundaries.
It’s a problem I’ve been having these past two weeks. Fitting then, that while I’m still (yes still) waiting on my starter motor gears I decided to fix the busted back indicators on my cycle. Indicators are something I do normally pay particular attention to so it’s unusual I persisted with some floppy taped up ones so long. Other things on my mind, I guess. Still, I do like the idea of other road users knowing where I’m going, even if at times I do not.
Regular readers will not be surprised to learn that this writing stuff is not my day job. And in the past couple of weeks I’ve (once again) failed to indicate to my work colleagues just where I was going before tearing off onto unchartered trails. I’m very fortunate that ‘management’ is aware of my propensity for such action, pulls me aside, and quietly nudges me back onto an agreed track. The problem is I have been having a little too much fun, not manic (well, arguably not) but I’ve admittedly been failing to take notice of my own indicators.
On my cycle constant diversions into shaky ground had vibrated one indicator right of its rubber mounts, while the other was victim to a fall not much long after it was first mounted. But right now it is my real life behavioural indicators failing me. While they’re flapped around in the wind behind me, I have ridden too hard, too fast, too unpredictably than required by one who must take others along with him.
Imagine one of your mates noticed your tread was running a little thin and before you knew it the tyre shop was calling you in. That’s kinda how it works for me. It’s convenient, but a little embarrassing. As someone who takes pride in doing my own maintenance I don’t like overlooking performance indicators.
It is perhaps quite fortunate then that the big BMW lay rested. I clearly needed a moment to focus on those actual, flashing, indicators, and without such a pause I was unlikely going to stop and lay my focus there just yet. I consider indicators on my ride are a sacrificial piece of hardware; I’m not a brilliant rider so expect to fall over occasionally. For this reason I opted to fit a cheap set of dubious but functional quality.
And that’s where I’ve gotten myself stuck. Maybe I need to reinvest a bit more effort into my real life indicators, upgrade to some more hardy, super bright LED models. But then I consider that the longevity and brightness of the indicator is not the issue. I do see it, but find myself pressing on regardless. Damn it, I hate it when the answer isn’t a bolt-on solution.