As you browse our pages, you will gain an understanding of who we are, what we are about, and where we are going. What you won't gain is a solid grasp of who we are as people, who we are as riders, and who we are as members of this outstanding organization, Top Cats - Illinois. Let me explain.....
Originally, Top Cats – Illinois was formed by a group of motorcycle enthusiasts who were business men and women. Their purpose was to enjoy business networking and the sport of motorcycling. Over the past decade and a half, Top Cats has evolved into a first – class group of motorcycle enthusiasts who enjoy conservative and safe riding, socializing, networking, and community involvement.
Today, any visitor to a Top Cat meeting, or a Top Cat event, will quickly realize that our group is one that easily welcomes newcomers, embraces safe riding, and provides opportunities for great riding adventures in a safe environment.
As people, our members are business owners, executives, and entrepreneurs (Top Cats) who are riders, co-riders, or non-riders. All, however, are motorcycle enthusiasts. And...they all have three important ideals in common; business networking, safe motorcycling, and community involvement.
The old adage that there are old riders and there are aggressive riders but, there are no old aggressive riders has been proven many times over by those who rode before us. One of the major reasons is that old riders take every opportunity to learn from every incident they encounter. Here’s what I mean…..
INCIDENT: Throttle cable failure. I have had throttle cables break and jam wide open. I have also had cables freeze open from water collected in the cable combined with below – zero wind chill temps. In both cases, the first reaction is a surge of adrenalin. The second reaction is uttering the famous old words “Oh S%#@! The third reaction is to immediately decide what to do and…do it. In this case, I fumbled with the kill switch the first time, then turned off the engine and coasted to the side of the road. The second time, it was simply a case of turning the kill switch off to slow down and turning it on speed up until the cables thawed out.
LESSON LEARNED: Take every opportunity to mentally rehearse anything that you can imagine that could go wrong and what immediate action you would take. That will save you incredible and valuable micro seconds in an emergency.