Back in the 1930s, Maytag came out with a wringer-type washing machine with a kick-start, two-stroke gasoline engine. Without getting technical, the oil had to be mixed with the gasoline to lubricate the engine. Every wife wanted one, and every kid wanted the engine off of the washing machine when the machine no longer functioned. Herb’s brother, Jimmy, mounted one on a bicycle. Jimmy explained to Herb that there would not be any problems stopping the bike. All Herb had to do was lean down and move a little lever to slow the engine down. To move the little lever, Herb had to take one hand off the handlebar and look down, when he should have been watching the road. This was equivalent to the modern-day concept of texting while driving. So, there were problems, and Herb crashed the bike into the same roadside ditch he had crashed the sailing bicycle. He was scraped up and bleeding in the same locations, and probably from the same rocks, since he crashed in the same location. Herb had failed yet again.
Herb learned that there is a relationship between weight of the vehicle and the horsepower which should be used to power it.
Herb learned that he should never get on or in any vehicle which his brother, Jimmy, suggested that he pilot. As a result, he has been in much fewer accidents than his previous history would have predicted he would be in.