I'm trying to figure out this target fixation thing, is the idea that you almost subconciously control the bike and you'll inevitably go where you are fixating? That's kinda scary but makes sense. like someone with not enough confidence riding is gonna focus on the hazard and not the road and wind up riding right toward the hazard instead of where they wanted to go?
Target fixation is just that. Here is a paragraph from an article I wrote for Motorcycle Mojo Magazine:
"Target fixation usually means involuntarily staring at something and losing sight of everything else around you. The root cause of target fixation is fear and panic, and because of that, riders generally fixate on things that their mind considers dangerous.
For example, if you come around a corner a little faster than you’re comfortable with and begin to panic, your eyes may target fixate on the concrete barrier at the outside edge of the road. Because you are now intently staring at the edge, your bike begins to go towards the barrier, and unless you can release your eyes from the clutches of target fixation, you’ll probably hit the wall."
-kind of describes the situation from the video perfectly. The errors in this video started when the rider panicked and experienced what we call (at the California Superbike School) survival reactions. Survival reactions are unconscious reactions that come from our instinct to avoid danger, but they often cause the opposite. There are seven listed in Code's book, Twist of the Wrist II. They are:
1. Roll off the gas
2. Tighten on bars
3. Narrowed and 'hunting' field of view (tunnel vision)
4. Fixed attention on something (target fixation)
5. Steering in the direction of the fixed attention
6. No steering (frozen) or ineffective (not quick enough or too early) steering
7. Braking errors- both over and under braking
Guy in the video experienced a few of these panic induced survival reactions, with one of them being target fixation on the outside edge of the road (the guardrail) which he inevitably hit.
What other survival reactions cropped up for him?