At a recent press event I used a bandana on my head after driving on the track with a helmet. Normally I would wear a traditional hat in that situation, but I didn’t have one with me. The only head covering in my bag was a bandana, which I’ve used to protect my scalp from sun and wind for over 30 years. I usually wear something over my head after wearing a helmet, both to protect my scalp from the elements and to protect my appearance from helmet hair. I know I jest about the helmet hair, but I just want to state the importance of wearing a helmet when riding a motorcycle. I’ve always known which ones I prefer and just bought them but if you’re not sure which one is best for you then you can check out reviews for different helmets, for example the AGV K-3 SV, and see if it might be the right one for you.
However, this was the first time I’d worn a bandana at a press event, and it sent the other automotive journalists into quite a tizzy. “Dude, when are we gonna start rappin’?” “Yo man, where’s the smack down?” “Karl? I didn’t recognize you! You need to get a tattoo now.” Get a tattoo?…
Anyway, these and several similar comments were made in good fun, though it reminded me I’ve been doing the corporate thing so long none of my current industry colleagues have an awareness of my motorcycling past — and all the “hooligan-ism” that goes along with it.
To counter this, I’m going to start posting motorcycle-themed items every Tuesday. I grew up watching “ChiPs” and, honestly, still regularly enjoy the reruns. I was definitely influenced by a young Michelle Pfeiffer singing “Cool Rider” and I’ve been enjoying classic British motorcycles and modern Italian motorcycles since before I got my driver’s license. I’ll be sharing photos and stories from all of this two-wheeled tumult every Tuesday going forward.
Next week, the story behind that badass Triumph Trident pictured in the lead photo.