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For once, leave your camera at home

by Kate A August 11, 2017 1 Comment

For once, leave your camera at home

Perhaps Sarah Conner was onto something when she claimed robots are going to take over the world. It is now 2017 and although it’s not killer robots taking over the world, technology is definitely taking over our lives. Cell phones, tablets, GoPro’s, we are addicted to these electronics and at times it seems like we’re more interested in capturing the moment than living it. Don’t get me wrong, I too love seeing cool photos and videos of myself riding but I find it extremely liberating to just get on my bike and go and not have to worry about GoPro set up and batteries and SD cards and all that jazz. But here is my main gripe with modern day video and photo devices – they make you do crazy shit.

If you’re a part of the motorcycle community, you probably heard about Olga Pronina or as she’s better known on Social Media, Monika9422 who died in a horrific crash on August 1st. Olga was an “Instafamous” biker chick who posted numerous videos performing dangerously reckless stunts on her BMW S1000rr. Photographs surfacing online from the scene of the accident paint a gruesome image of how fragile we really are. Olga was evidently traveling at a very high speed when she lost control of her motorcycle. No, she wasn’t wearing gear although judging by the photos of the crash, no amount of gear could’ve saved her life in that incident. It is unknown whether Olga was running her GoPro at the time of the incident but considering the frequency of her posts on Instagram with new videos, it’s probably safe to assume the camera was running. Moral of the story – GoPro’s make you do crazy shit.

Olga is neither the first nor the last person to put it on for the camera. There are plenty of other YouTube and Instagram superstars who ride all kinds of crazy for the sake of “likes”. It makes me laugh to see riders with 10 GoPro's on their bike trying to capture every angle like they are filming a Blockbuster movie. I know from personal experience, I push myself way harder and sometimes beyond my abilities when there is a GoPro running. Yes it would be unreasonable to tell you that you should never run your GoPro but once in a while make the ride about the ride and leave the camera at home. It’s ok to just enjoy your bike to yourself sometime and not share it with the world. You might even find you are riding better, smoother and more consistent when you are not worried about what the ride looks like on camera. So turn off your phone, leave the camera at home and enjoy the ride just for you because GoPro’s make you do crazy shit.   




Kate A
Kate A

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1 Response

Sinh
Sinh

October 23, 2017

This is so true . . sometimes. The reason why I said sometimes is because I have a GoPro running (almost all the time) when i am either commuting or just riding with some friends. I am part of the majority of riders who run with a camera not for the “awesome” footage, but for the “it’s for liability” (even before i got my license, I was peppered with “you gotta do it because of this” type of comments) reason in the event of the unfortunate. The side benefit is also sometimes on the rare occasion it captures some beautiful scenes (like through the mountains of Ojai . . before a full grown deer decides to play chicken with you in the middle of the road).

So I agree with you. Leave the electronics at home. Enjoy the ride. There are enough things out there trying to kill you (aka distracted drivers, road hazards…) on the road, playing with your GoPro, or your phone shouldn’t be one of them.

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