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post #1 of 4 Old 05-22-2015, 06:34 PM Thread Starter
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Relearning can be dangerous

We've sometimes experienced a control problem by changing some aspect of our bike or from jumping onto a different machine. This talks about the impact of habit and how difficult it can be re-learn/unlearn some skill:

It's illustrated by use of a bicycle but just as true of motorcycles.

Rather than being a simple curiousity, when I was building high performance 2-stroke bikes, the owners would sometimes crash despite warnings that the bike's actions and reactions would be quite different.

While at first his is a bit of a puzzle and amusing- it can kill.
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post #2 of 4 Old 05-22-2015, 09:33 PM
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Cool video! Makes sense though, hard to unlearn what's ingrained into your brain. Had an example of that at work once, the mechanics did a bunch of work on our Bobcat and they managed to somehow reverse the foot controls... He said they were fine and we would get used to it. Lol, after dropping a few things I took it back and got them to put it proper. Just couldn't get used to everything being backwards

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650Stew, you reminded me of installing gear reducers on several Kershaw Clearway machines (giant lawn mower for mowing 8 inch standing timber). The last one I didn't have time to completely finish so told the salesman to have the mechanics at their shop reverse the control stick. It was only two screws, rotate the stick base 180 degrees.

Rather than to turn the stick, one mechanic jumped in to drive it to their shop for the work- crunch into the building. Second guy told him to get out, jumped in and ....did the same thing. Then the salesman. My dad's veins were standing out a couple of inches when I climbed in, really concentrated and pulled the stick into reverse = drove it over to the other shop. :-)

Those habit things are dangerous.
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post #4 of 4 Old 05-23-2015, 01:48 AM
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Recalls to me this true historical incident:

In the 1930's Germany's rear-engine Auto Union (now Audi) grand prix race cars possessed phenomenal performance. However, the driving characteristics of the rear-engine machines were such that race drivers, experienced with conventional (front engine) machines, typically CRASHED these vehicles.

Thus the Germans recruited motorcycle racers, who had never driven ANY automobiles, and trained them on the Auto Union race cars.

The result: Consecutive World Grand Prix Championships to Auto Union. A few of these actual championship cars are in museums around the world today.


I think the excellent video illustrates the difficulty of accommodating "counter-intuitive" behavior into one's life; YMMV!

Thanks for sharing, Normk!

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