Originally Posted by wa1200lt
Meese, do you run these scenarios while going down the road?
Ever cross Kansas, or Nebraska, or Nevada, or Montana? Trust me, there's a whole lotta nothin' out there . . .
I once heard a race car driver say that family cars shouldn't even have radios, as they're too distracting. And we were cut off just this afternoon by a mom on a cell phone (yes, you do have to look both
ways before pulling out . . . ), although we were in my wife's car at the time.
But just like everyone has a different tolerance for their maximum safe speed, folks have different tolerances for distractions and multitasking. The trick is knowing what you can safely do in any given circumstance. And, more importantly, what you can't (which is where most people fail, actually).
And yes, if I need to do something that's very intensive, I can pull off the highway to a safe spot, do my calculations, then get back on the road without ever getting off the bike. But if it's just adding or subtracting a waypoint or two, and I'm not in L.A. or N.Y. traffic, well then it's really a judgement call, based on current conditions and my own extensive riding experience.