In recent years I’ve been riding a lot more mountain bikes than motorcycles. I notice that good mountain bike habits don’t always jive with good motorcycle riding habits. I find that when I ride my motorcycle, I’m better at riding my bicycle the next time, but when I ride my bicycle I’m worse at motorcycling. This is gonna be a challenge to balance with all those skill deposits and withdrawals.

The two worst mountain bike habits I have that creep out when I’m motorcycling are popping my inside knee out during low speed maneuvers (I look stupid when I do that on the motorcyle, like I think it’s Isle of Man or something, also it’s just not good form. But it really helps on the mountain bike. Go figure), and, most egregiously, grabbing the brake lever with just two fingers. This isn’t good because if your fingers are under the brake lever and you go down, you might lose those fingers, or so they told me in motorcycle riding class. I believe them but I wonder what happens when you go down with no fingers on the brake lever. Do you lose all of them?

But anyway, the problem is that the throw on the lever is too long for me to reach with my last two fingers since the lever angles away as it reaches the end of the bar. I solved this by dumping my bike over in the driveway and snapping the brake lever off right at the point where those fingers contact it. Problem solved!

Upon writing this, I realize that the persistent lower back pain I’ve been experiencing for the last few weeks summer can be attributed to the effort I put into heaving the bike back up once I dropped it. I admit, I was embarrassed and didn’t want anyone to see my pretty Ducati flopped over on its side so I picked it back up as quickly as I could even though it was lying the wrong (read: unhelpful for picking back up) way on my sloped driveway. Well, that’s one mystery solved. Thank goodness I don’t have to go drop another $300 on a mountain bike fit, chasing phantom back pain.