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Old 05-12-2011, 08:22 AM   #16
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When it is your time, it is your time. If I die on a bike, I will die happy.
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Old 05-14-2011, 07:34 AM   #17
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My sister had breast cancer, considered successful, and received Chemo as a safety measure. The Chemo killed her. What are ya gonna do!
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Old 05-15-2011, 03:31 PM   #18
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The one serious motor vehicle accident I've had in over 20 years driving was in a car, near my house. Person fully stopped in their lane to make a left turn, then for some reason tried to beat me across mine right as I got to them. T-boned 'em at 50mph maybe, totalled both cars, but I walked away with only a tiny fabric burn on my arm from the airbag. I started riding very recently, and every time I ride past that turn on my bike I think about how differently that might go if it happened right now, ATGATT or no. Live or die, it ain't gonna be no fabric burn..

Gotta weigh your priorities and think about who you love, who loves you and depends on you, and the risk level you - and maybe they - are comfortable living with. It may be heresy on these boards but it's quite possible there's more to your life, and more important things in your life, than motorcycles.

I'm not saying hang up your helmet, not even suggesting it. Just saying, I'll understand if you do.
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Old 05-17-2011, 06:40 AM   #19
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You have to balance things out in your life. Nobody can make the decision for you. Everything we do has some sort of risk. People have died doing the most common mundane things.

I have lost some very close and dear friends on motorcycles. Every time it happens, I will sit down with a few friends and have an informal wake for them. We talk about all the good times and some of the bad times. Every one of us thinks about the risks involved in our chosen sport and method of transportation. I think we all have come to the conclusion that when our time is up, it won't matter if we were riding a bike, driving a car or just getting out of bed. So we all just try to be as safe as we can and enjoy every minute we have on this planet, because the next one might not have bikes or be as beautiful.
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Old 05-23-2011, 07:11 AM   #20
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I'll never quit! It's in the blood! I assume the risk..
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Old 05-23-2011, 07:38 PM   #21
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If you're feeling leery of riding for some reason, you have another option besides giving up riding. Get a small dual-sport motorcycle and a trailer and go on riding adventures that avoid highways and traffic.
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Old 06-01-2011, 02:41 PM   #22
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If you're feeling leery of riding for some reason, you have another option besides giving up riding. Get a small dual-sport motorcycle and a trailer and go on riding adventures that avoid highways and traffic.

I can't fathom negotiating the traffic mess that is DC. I go out to ride and avoid traffic at all costs. Obviously one assumes other risks while off road etc.. but I am sure a whole lot happier.
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Old 06-05-2011, 09:14 AM   #23
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In 2005 I was headed to lead a monthly club ride in Williamsburg VA. It was August and around 8AM. Lot's of walking tourists etc. Came to a 4 way stoplight intersection. I was the 2nd vehicle to proceed through the green light. Out of nowhere, speeding along was a tourist from PA in a mini van. T-boned me. Claimed his wife distracted him while looking at a map. I never saw his face since I was thrown from the bike and laying face down on the pavement. The pain was unbearable but the guy stayed with me until the ambulance and fire trucks got there. I had a fractured Tibia and Fibula. I had surgery to have a 14 inch long titanium rod (they call it a nail) driven down through my tibia. Also have 4 screws holding it all in place. Had one screw removed a few years ago because it was giving me pain. My BMW R1200C was totaled in the sense that the scratches to the paint repairs were more than the bike was worth. I keptthe bike and didn't accept the money the insurance offered. I was out of work 3 months. At the time of the accident I was separated and my wife lived in another state, so I was lucky in that I had a friend drive me to MD appointments and take care of my 2 dogs. Also lucky that I had short term disability and long term to supplement my sick leave to have a my pay check for the full monthly amount. Five years later it freaks me out when driving in a car when I see a car fast approaching an interection. Never bothered me before but now it is pretty bad. Often times just a gasp or if I'm a passenger in a car I get tensed up pretty good. I don't know if I will ever get over that or not. Also don't like it when on the highway and a I see a car in the breakdown lane and it starts moving, etc. Anyway, the Orthopaedic Surgeon suggested I never ride again because he said if I were in another accident with that leg then it would be a very bad if the titanium nail were to get bent inside my leg etc. He scared me pretty good with that comment and I didn't ride for about 12 months after the accident. I am ATGATT and just super careful riding. I couldn't bring myself to the accident intersection either by car or bike for 2 years and try to stay away from touristy areas in Williamsburg. Oh, and Allstate (other guys insurance) puts a specific price on a broken leg. They don't care about lost wages, lifetime of pain, etc. Also, the driver was cited with failure to yield.
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Old 06-08-2011, 05:16 PM   #24
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Sorry to hear about your friend and take some time off if you need but promise yourself you will go for a ride in a few weeks...things like this hit close to home and can mess with your head. However this is like crashing...sooner or later it is going to happen, the important part is getting back up, learning, and trying again. Don't let something like this defeat you. Ride safe.
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Old 06-18-2011, 04:22 AM   #25
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It all comes down to risk managment. My 1st get off was at age 20, didn't get back on a bike til my son talked me into dirt bikes he was 13 I was 55. Now we have 5 bikes in the garage. lots of close calls. My son just ran into a car that stopped quick in front of him.

I worry about myself and I worry about my boy......

A kid on his bicyle knocked him off his longboard(skateboard) the other day. More damage than 3yrs on his dirt bike.

So far I still choose to ride.....
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Old 07-05-2011, 03:18 PM   #26
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I am avidly engaged in a number of sports that are considered by most people to be dangerous (whitewater kayaking, back country skiing, alpine climbing). That said, none come even close to the danger of riding a motorcycle on the streets. When you add in that most of my riding is done in developing countries with terrible road safety records, riding is by far the most dangerous thing I do.

The empirical data for serious injury or death from motorcycle accidents is gruesome." Per vehicle mile traveled, motorcyclists' risk of a fatal crash is 35 times greater than a passenger car."

OTH, these dangers can be mitigated in several ways. Wearing helmets, distantly followed by other safety gear can improve your chances greatly. The 2 most common types of serious moto accidents involve either the rider going around a corner too fast or having an automobile fail to yield the right of way in urban/suburban settings (usually a motorist turning left in front of an oncoming moto). Most accidents occur within a few miles of the rider´s home. These 2 causes can be reduced by riding style and keeping urban/suburban travel to a minimum. The other major contributing factors are darkness and drunkeness.

Obviously, safety can be greatly increased by behavior with rider´s control. Serious off pavement injuries or deaths occur at a fraction of the rate of on public road accidents. are these risks worth assuming? Only each individual can answer that.

I personally avoid daily commuting because of the risk involved and becuase I personally don´t find commuting via moto to be that much more rewarding than driving. I don´t ride about town much for the same reasons. Others draw their lines much differently.
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Old 07-08-2011, 10:14 AM   #27
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About eight years ago I went through basically the same thing as you. I was in an accident where a car made a left turn in front of me and another rider we both hit her and he died. I quit riding on the road for a while. I road in the dirt and on the track. After a year or so I decided to start riding on the road again. It is a dangerous hobby. You will need to measure if that risk is worth the happiness riding brings you. If you are like me being a rider is more than just going on rides. It's the people you meet and the friendships. The riding community are some of the best people I have met. When you make the decision as to keep riding or to stop, it will be made with an honest realization of the consequences that decision may bring.
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Old 07-09-2011, 04:40 AM   #28
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I am sorry for your loss. There are some very well thought out replies here, along with some replies from the soul.

If the tables were turned what would your advice be to him? Yes, I've been there(38 yrs ago).

The cold morning has broken and the warm sun is shining through the clouds. The bike is packed. Ugh! -the last swallow of lukewarm coffee, as finally I quit shaking. Let's go bro - our miles are all ahead of us!
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Old 07-22-2011, 09:15 PM   #29
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"Never trade the thrills of living for the security of existence"

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Old 08-13-2011, 05:40 AM   #30
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I stopped riding for a long time and didn't miss it much. I became a pastor of a church and there was a conflict because some parents were battling with kids who wanted motorcycles and I felt my motorcycle would just add fuel to their struggles. Also, my own sons were ten and seven and I hoped they wouldn't ride motorcycles. So I sold it before the congregation ever knew I had one.

Durning the following years, I built a schooner and then sailed it and that was a big time user. Then I got way back into bicycles and began building them as a job. Fourteen months ago, I dropped a bicycle frame off at a new powder coater who was around the corner from the Triumph, BMW, and Ducati dealer. My last two motorcycles were BMWs so I stopped in to see what the new ones looked like. A week or so later, we bought a Bonneville T100 and I have 24,000+ miles on it now.

So, as another poster pointed out, quitting doesn't always mean forever.

By the way, I just spent a few days riding with my sons in Colorado. They still live in Washington and we moved to North Carolina. I kind of wish they didn't ride motorcycles, but they do and they ride well.

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