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What it's Like to Crash a Motorcycle

“Damn it. John Burns thinks I’m a dick.”
That was one of the predominant thoughts going through my head as I slid down a Florida highway at 60 mph back in March.
It’s weird how the mind works. Time slows in a crash. Every tiny image burns into memory, so your brain can replay it over and over and over at night for the next who knows how many weeks.
In the moments before I crashed, I was riding the Harley-Davidson Street Rod along County Road 34 in central Florida. I’m not sure which county. The accident report simply records it as “County Code 61,” but the internet can’t agree on which county that is. Maybe I was in Indian River County; maybe I was in Suwannee County; maybe I was in Flagler County; I don’t know. I guess it doesn’t matter; I was somewhere. The road passing through that somewhere was long and straight – not the sort of place where one usually crashes – and the weather was perfect.

“My God, I am so happy,” I was thinking. “I am so incredibly lucky to be here – to live t…

A small request

Hey, all y'all with motorcycle-related blogs: Can you please not have white text on a black background? I mean, it's pretty much every single one of you. Clearly, it's a look that a lot of people like and one of the general rules of this here blog is that I don't like to piss on things that other people like -- especially when it comes to things that are motorcycle-related. 

But, see, here's the thing: white text on a black background induces headaches. No, really, look it up. Web designers hate light text on dark background, but more importantly up to 50 percent of the population may suffer adverse effects from staring at that combination too long. That is especially true for me. The two times in my life that I have suffered a migraine headache came after reading white text on a dark background for too long. So, now I generally don't do it.

This means that for many of you, I don't really read your blogs as much as I'd prefer unless I can find a workaround. For example, I only read Sash's blog on my phone, because the mobile version produces traditional black text on light background.

As I say, though, A LOT of motorcycle bloggers like that dark background look, so I'm definitely not criticising anyone for the way they choose to express themselves online. I just wanted to point it out and apologise to those whose blogs I can't read.

Comments

  1. I can find them difficult to read at times too.

    I just use dark brown/blue on pale yellow. Seems to be easier on the eyes.

    Yours is easy to read - thank you.

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  2. But... it's one of the default templates in blogger. ;)

    I've been a little concerned about the readability on my blog. More experimentation and tweaking is probably required...

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  3. Chris:

    I've tried to pick colours easy to read. No black with white text for me

    bob
    Riding the Wet Coast

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