Originally Posted by alii1959
I guess I just don't understand why it is so important to make a stupid choice.
Do you feel the same distain for someone who makes the choice to not ride a motorcycle for recreational purposes because of the unavoidable risks involved? People view risk mitigation differently. One cannot deny that riding off-road or in adverse conditions carries a certain level of unnessasary risk that the non-rider avoids regardless of how much gear we choose to slap on. At 50+ I'm currently sidelined by two broken ribs from a dirt bike accident that full gear didn't prevent. Some folks I know think of me as stupid because of my age and decision to ride dirt bikes. I can't argue the facts that at my age injury is more likely compared to someone whose 30 years my junior. It's a choice, and I choose to ride.
I personally am an ATGATT type 99.99 percent of the time for the simple fact that I enjoy riding and wish to contimue to be able to enjoy it and I KNOW I'm gonna crash from time to time. To a large degree this is due to how, where, and when I choose to ride. My brother is becoming more ATGATT but for years his position was that he would rather be in a car than ride with so much gear on that he couldn't experiance the wind blowing against his skin. He rides much more conseratively than I do as a result and avoids riding situations that increase his risk.
Our risks for injury are probably not that different, he just chooses a different way to mitigate those risks.
Don't get me wrong, I'm a firm beleiver in ATGATT, however beleiving that non ATGATT riders are making stupid choices compared to yourself is pretty short sighted and requires not looking into the mirror too closely.