rchase Posted April 3, 2016 Report Share Posted April 3, 2016 I figured I would share an unusual and somewhat amusing experience that taught me how costly distractions are. This Saturday I was riding at the Talledega Grand Prix in Alabama and was having a great time. It was coldish and windy and I was riding my street bike on the track. The wind and the noise from the bikes upset a large hive of bees from a neighboring farm that started swarming the track and paddock. I went out on the track unaware of the swarming bees and was having a great day. I exited the bowl turn onto the back straight and got into the power on my RR. It's a short straight so you are only going between 100 and 140mph depending on how motivated you are. I never ride "all out" but I was probably somewhere in the middle of the speed range for the straight. All of a sudden I see a a sea of black objects and I'm being pelted with them. I slowed my roll on and approached the Farmhouse turn complex and was distracted and went through slower than I normally do. The next lap was much the same. I mentally prepared myself for the sea of weird wet splattering objects (had not figured out they were bees until I got back to the paddock). The distraction was still there and despite my attempt to ignore them It was taking my attention away from the quickly approaching Farmhouse turn complex. I eventually was able to tune them out a bit but I was going slower than I had been previously which "bugged" me (pun intended). I was finally able to also tuck a lot more aggressively than needed under the screen that avoided some of the more distracting impacts but it was not really a true fix. When I returned to the paddock I talked to some of the other riders and looked at my bike and discovered they were bees. Here are some amusing photos. My leathers took the brunt of the impacts but I was eager to clean off and did not get photos of them. Does anybody have any tips to ignoring distractions like this? As well. Share your amusing on track distractions. Just the knowledge of strange things you can encounter that you aren't expecting is not only fun to talk about but can mentally prepare us all. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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