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Bloviating Zeppelin: Pushing The Envelope, Part VII:

Bloviating Zeppelin

(in-ep-toc'-ra-cy) - a system of government where the least capable to lead are elected by the least capable of producing, and where the members of society least likely to sustain themselves or succeed, are rewarded with goods and services paid for by the confiscated wealth of a diminishing number of producers.

Sunday, December 04, 2011

Pushing The Envelope, Part VII:

The human being has always pushed the envelope into and beyond the realms of danger. This is the seventh of various weekend postings displaying how restless Man is with the mundane and how he purposely crosses the threshold into danger willingly -- and sometimes unwillingly.



This is the Isle of Man TT (tourist trophy) race for motorcycles, in which it is not unheard-of to reach 160+ mph on bumpy country lanes. Official website is here. Please note the dangerous chassis shifts encountered when riders don't come down completely parallel to the road after having crested hills and acquired air.

The video is, again, best viewed in full screen and with headphones plugged into your confuser. Mine are either Bose or Sennheiser.

As you can clearly see, there is a nasty penalty to be paid for failing to stay on course. It's full faces and clip-ons and tear-offs and fully padded and braced leathers. It's youth and micro-second reactions and adrenaline and mandatory High Visual Horizon. It's fires and spraying champagne and back-braces and asphalt friction cutting through your leathers and past your skin to the bone. It's winner and loser. And the difference might be no more than one-degree of separation.

BZ

P.S.
Thanks, Chris!


5 Comments:

Blogger Old NFO said...

WOW, and yes that is TRULY microsecond raction times and one hellva penalty for not making the right decision...

Sun Dec 04, 07:18:00 AM PST  
Blogger Greybeard said...

Either Speed, or HD Theater (now Velocity) carried all the races.
Extraordinary.
You don't have to be a motorcycle buff to see the skill, danger, and courage of these riders.
I'm lookin' forward to next year.

Sun Dec 04, 10:29:00 AM PST  
Blogger Bloviating Zeppelin said...

NFO: but isn't it just fascinating to watch? I find myself truly riveted by POV racing, either two or four wheeled.

Greybeard: I have Speed channel, but I never noticed the TT being featured. I'll have to look for it. What I REALLY enjoy is F1 racing, or rally.

BZ

Sun Dec 04, 03:58:00 PM PST  
Blogger ASM826 said...

That rag doll physics you see when they come off the bikes is telling. You don't get over a crash like that, even if you survive.

Sun Dec 04, 07:24:00 PM PST  
Blogger Bloviating Zeppelin said...

That, unfortunately, is quite true.

BZ

Sun Dec 04, 10:38:00 PM PST  

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