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I was just talking to an old friend recently about a new phenomenon. The friend is Al Blum. He raced years ago on Triumphs. Still holds a track record on a 1/4-mile, “paved” oval in Rockford, Illinois. Pavement racing on a 1/4-mile oval sounds too tough for me ….

Anyway … Al and me get to doing the bench race discussions, and a NEW PHENOMENON come up… namely that of what I see as the “SQUID” riders. While no derogatory term is used, it is one that the local Kawasaki dealer told me they were called … for better or for worse ….

When Al and I were kids, the “hard guy” thing was to be able to come up to a stop sign and come to a complete stop … but never put down either foot. Just balance momentarily, then take off. You were “cool”, had coordination, and “knew how to ride a cycle” ….. If you did not do it right, and you had to put your foot down it was a DAB! The term used long’ ago for Trials riders, who got points off, for a DAB…

I am watching traffic out in front of our house and see the new trend? Guys are riding by our home in a straight 25MPH zone … no turns, no stop, no anything …

Pink sunglasses, shorts, T-top shirt in Day-Glo colors … and Reebok gyms … . unlaced of course.

Dress code is no big thing … but the driving style is interesting. Where we never put our feet DOWN, the new style is to take off and never PICK THEM UP! 30-40- MPH in first gear, without any attempt to shift or get ready to brake, should it ever be needed .. Now comes the NEAT PART… heating up the tires… the weaving from side to side to get the tires to temperature…

As this guy commutes daily to work down this residential , straight, 25-mph school zone street, he must keep the tires “hot”! Just in case he meets a “sudden” “corkscrew” that can only be taken at 100-mph or less… Lots of likelihood that the turn will show up in the “school zone”, but the side to side activity continues, feet down too in case that is needed to keep the bike upright.

Next time one of the “Squids” pull up to me on the KR-750 at a stop sign, he will probably wonder why I don’t put my feet down. I am trying not too …. but he probably will not give it a second thought … I will be concentrating… just as Al and his wife Linda do when they take their bikes for a ride together and come to a stop –¬†feet up.