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Old 10-07-2010, 10:12 AM   #41
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There are too many scrubs that believe they're the exception to the rule, a large portion of which tends to make a big mess when they do.

You're born, you grow up...the longer you live, the greater the 'chance' that you're going to get sick or get injured.


(btw tough versatile)


Put it this way, make it 25 years... then come back and tell us that the statistics are shyte and us 'old guys' don't have a clue.


No. I'll just enjoy my life instead.
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Old 10-07-2010, 10:15 AM   #42
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because it might be 30 years down the road before you lowside, hit a deer, slip at a stop light. something will happen. no one says you are going to get injured
This is true, but everyone blows it out of proportion. It's a dangerous hobby, and not one to take lightly but it's not like you get hurt all the time. Sure a lot of people get torn up but most get hurt maybe just a couple times throughout their motorcycling "career". I have torn both my meniscuses, torn ligaments, torn rotator cuff, broken clavicle, broken ankle, broken arm, fingers, toes, foot, hand, had blood drained out of my , knows how many concussions, fractured skull, stitches everywhere, dislocated shoulder, slipped a disc in my back, ruptured ear drums, and I'm sure I'm forgetting a few all from skateboarding. I mean there are hobbies out there that you know, "today I am coming home hurting." I think dirt riding is about twice as dangerous as street. And joining the marines about twice as dangerous as dirt riding. Motorcycling is dangerous but don't let everyone turn you off by posting every little accident they get into etc. My point is, there is a lot more dangerous stuff you could be doing but for some reason or another some motorcyclists like to think their hobby is the most dangerous thing in the world. You will never encounter such preachy "look both ways before you cross the street" people as you do in motorcycling and I think it turns a lot of people off to it. Just take it easy, you'll get the hang of it and soon won't be able to think of life without a bike.
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No. I'll just enjoy my life instead.
Do you 'worry' about slipping or falling? I don't think so, not until enviromental conditions lend you a reason to. So why should riding be different.

Quit trying to blow what's been said/stated out of proportion.
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you people! I was riding through life without a care in the world. This thread is about to bust my bubble. , Im jinxed now.
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Old 10-07-2010, 10:24 AM   #45
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This is true, but everyone blows it out of proportion. It's a dangerous hobby, and not one to take lightly but it's not like you get hurt all the time. Sure a lot of people get torn up but most get hurt maybe just a couple times throughout their motorcycling "career". I have torn both my meniscuses, torn ligaments, torn rotator cuff, broken clavicle, broken ankle, broken arm, fingers, toes, foot, hand, had blood drained out of my , knows how many concussions, fractured skull, stitches everywhere, dislocated shoulder, slipped a disc in my back, ruptured ear drums, and I'm sure I'm forgetting a few all from skateboarding. I mean there are hobbies out there that you know, "today I am coming home hurting." I think dirt riding is about twice as dangerous as street. And joining the marines about twice as dangerous as dirt riding. Motorcycling is dangerous but don't let everyone turn you off by posting every little accident they get into etc. My point is, there is a lot more dangerous stuff you could be doing but for some reason or another some motorcyclists like to think their hobby is the most dangerous thing in the world. You will never encounter such preachy "look both ways before you cross the street" people as you do in motorcycling and I think it turns a lot of people off to it. Just take it easy, you'll get the hang of it and soon won't be able to think of life without a bike.
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Old 10-07-2010, 10:24 AM   #46
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Old 10-07-2010, 10:25 AM   #47
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There's no guarantee that you will wreck. The odds are stacked most heavily against you when you are a new rider (less than two years). If you ride long enough, the odds are that you will wreck eventualy but there is no guarantee.

You have a great deal of control over those odds with your choices of where, when and how you ride. There are roads that I will not voluntarily ride on due to traffic volume and numbers of bad drivers. I won't ride on Friday and Satuday nights with al of the drunks on the road. Learn to spot traffic conditions that place you at greatest risk and be especialy alert at thse times, avoid blind spots, pay attention to where you are in your lane and maintain your escape routes.

I've been riding on and off for 35 years and have never so much as dropped a bike on the street. I have had plenty of close calls and on two occasions had vehicles actually back up onto my front wheel but never a drop. Every time I ride I dress for and plan for the potential fall.

There are sometimes situations that you cannot prevent or avoid, but you can certainly minimize your exposure. So no, it is not a given that you will wreck but you better plan for the possibility of it.

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Old 10-07-2010, 10:38 AM   #49
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I think the car (vehicle) is the most dangerous thing ever created.
I think more people die in traffic accidents than all the wars combined.

I have been legally riding motorcycles for 35 yrs on the street,
I somewhat disagree with the statement....

I think its not so much "when" but HOW!

I really only see a few "HOWS"
1. playing speed racer on the street. (speeding/hitting the twisties)
2. Panic "over" breaking (unable to control speed)
3. not expecting the unexpected (lack of road experience)
4. unfamiliar with controls and bike (first time rider)

Experience on the road helps you understand the ever changing traffic and road conditions and the dangers created.

for a young "new" rider the lack of experience in traffic, road conditions and just plain "strange" things can become overwhelming in an emergency.

even for me, when I seem to escape death on the road, its only by the sweet grace of Almighty (thank you)

but if your lucky, and can control yourself, the chances of crashing or death on a motorcycle are only about 97%......

I do not know of one rider who has NOT crashed.
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I just got my first bike last week and have a grand total of about 25 miles of experience. I have been reading a lot of the threads on the forum and man are there a bunch of stories of wrecks. I have no intention of going anywhere near a freeway for some time and I know stuff happens but I have to admit that all these stories have made me second guess my decision to pick up the sport.

I guess my question to you experienced riders is this: is it not a question of if you go down but when and how bad?
EXACTLY what i did. ride where you are comfortable man. It seems obvious, but things start flying by much quicker at 70 mph than they do at 40. your reaction time is reduced, it takes longer to slow down, plus u have 18 wheeliers and other idiot vehicles going at high speeds.

BUt as others have mentioned, Intersections are just as scary and crazy S#$# happens there too.

Let me know if you wanna ride around town together some time. I ride about 5 mph over the speed limit and always scan around me. Make sure you roll with gear on. Try to have no skin exposed. i want NO PART of road rash
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me either.
Do I know either of you? Thirty years plus of riding and no street wrecks. You can count the four track day incidents if you want, but I don't think that's what's being discussed here.

I've had a lot more close calls on my bicycle than on a motorcycle. Someone almost killed me last Saturday while I was riding my bike.
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Never wrecked either. I have dropped the bike on its side. I wasnt even on it at the time.
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I haven't read the whole thread (at work) but one piece of advice that will serve you well, beyond always wear the gear, is ride your own ride. Don't let others influence you to ride in a way that you are not comfortable with.
I've been riding since 1980 and although I have about 5 accidents, none included injuries beyond scrapes and bruises. Gear makes a difference.
Be careful, ride within your limits, you'll be fine.
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Sound soothing. I hear if feels like butterfly kisses.
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I haven't read the whole thread (at work) but one piece of advice that will serve you well, beyond always wear the gear, is ride your own ride. Don't let others influence you to ride in a way that you are not comfortable with.
I've been riding since 1980 and although I have about 5 accidents, none included injuries beyond scrapes and bruises. Gear makes a difference.
Be careful, ride within your limits, you'll be fine.
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I've been riding for about 12 years and have never gone down...hopefully I'm not jinxing myself...but I have come close to having a few accidents. Even more impressive is that my dad is about 62 years old and he's never gone down and he still rides although not nearly as much as when he was a kid. Just be as careful and aware of your surroundings as you can, but sometimes you can't control what happens. Such is life, don't let it get in between you and your bike.

Edit: forgot to add that my dad's been riding for over 50 years.

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