Albion College Odd Topics Series Revs up February with Long-Distance Motorcyclist
Albion’s own Dean G. McCurdy, associate professor of biology and associate director of the Prentiss M. Brown Honors Institute, leads February’s Odd Topics Society Luncheon on Wednesday, Feb. 24, at noon in Albion College’s Baldwin Hall Mary Sykes Dining Room. He will talk about life on the road with his speech “Long-distance Endurance Motorcycling: Seeing the World Non-Stop.”
McCurdy said, “For the past five years, I have spent much of my free time modifying, re-building, and riding motorcycles. The most enjoyable experiences of my riding career have been long rides I’ve taken to various places on continent done at a near non-stop pace. In this talk, I will discuss the world of competitive long-distance riding, including the types of people (and their motorcycles) that participate in this activity, and strategies involved in competition. I will also describe some of the 1000+ mile days I’ve spent riding a 600cc Yamaha sport-bike.”
McCurdy currently rides a 2007 Yamaha FZ6 motorcycle and is in the process of rebuilding a 1970 Honda CL-350 Scrambler. He has completed several long-distance rides certified by the Iron Butt Association, including two Saddle Sore 1000s (1000 miles ridden in under 24 hours), and a Bun Burner 1500 (1500 miles ridden in under 36 hours). In 2010, he will be competing in the “Not Superman Rally” – a 36-hour endurance event where riders compete by documenting visits to bonus locations scattered throughout the United States.
This presentation is sponsored by the Friends of the Albion College Library and is open to the public. Reservations are not required; lunch prices range from $7 to $8. For more information, please contact Cheryl Blackwell at the Stockwell-Mudd libraries at 517-629-0447 or