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Vintage Yamaha Enduro Rumblings

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Control those hero impulses, the impression you make may not be a good one.

Control those hero impulses, the impression you make may not be a good one.
​A series of monographs taken from a 1970's vintage Motorcycle Industry Council Publication given out to new off road motorcycle purchasers by dealers. We will be publishing the entire pamphlet here.

Your new bike can do some pretty exciting things once you learn how to make them happen. Wheelies, jumps, broadslides, all these are fun things to do, enjoy them.
All of us are affiicted with exhÏbitionist tenden­ cies when we have an audience. If onlookers are friends, or those who also enjoy our sport, go ahead and be a show-off. But, if those who view your antics are not into bikes, but are the rest of society within which we must play our game, curb those impulses. They may not be impressed with your expertise, they may regard it as extreme foolhardiness, dangerous and menacing to man and beast.

When you meet hikers, or horsemen, or the farmer whose field you just crossed, don't succumb to that intense desire to show them what a hero driver you are. That wheelie, or that blazing dig-out may scare the horses out of their wits, or cover the farmer with his own field. Other people, on foot or on horseback, on trail, in field, or farmyard, need to be treated with considera­ propriate, let the skittish horses by while you park at trailside with dead engine.

The ego trip you enjoy as you show the folks what an ace you are may be the last one you have there, before those folks decide you're a menace, and one more place to ride is closed to you, and the rest of us.

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