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Old 12-20-2010, 01:45 PM   #61
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I'm not sure what makes a person get back on. I think it's just part of me now after all these years.

Like I posted last week, I got hit by a Suburban. I was very lucky to only have some bruises and general soreness. It was scary as and definitely not something I would like to experience again. It finally hit me pretty hard Saturday night as I was walking to my son's room to check on him before I went to bed. I realized that he could have been without me that night had I not been so lucky. It was the first real gut check I've had. It was the first time I ever considered giving up riding. I couldn't even talk when my wife found me and asked what was wrong. It was one of the most difficult things to think about.

I'm still not 100% sure if I'll be back to riding all the time like I was but I do already miss the bike. If it wouldn't have been for Saturday night I would probably be chomping at the bit to get back out right away.

I'm not sure what I'm getting at here. I guess it's just the thought process that's been running through my head lately.
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Old 12-20-2010, 01:51 PM   #62
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I'm not sure what makes a person get back on. I think it's just part of me now after all these years.

Like I posted last week, I got hit by a Suburban. I was very lucky to only have some bruises and general soreness. It was scary as and definitely not something I would like to experience again. It finally hit me pretty hard Saturday night as I was walking to my son's room to check on him before I went to bed. I realized that he could have been without me that night had I not been so lucky. It was the first real gut check I've had. It was the first time I ever considered giving up riding. I couldn't even talk when my wife found me and asked what was wrong. It was one of the most difficult things to think about.

I'm still not 100% sure if I'll be back to riding all the time like I was but I do already miss the bike. If it wouldn't have been for Saturday night I would probably be chomping at the bit to get back out right away.

I'm not sure what I'm getting at here. I guess it's just the thought process that's been running through my head lately.
IMO, this is the #1 most important question when deciding to ride a motorcycle. Is it worth the risk of dying? For me the answer is yes because of how much I enjoy it. I don't know if I could keep doing it if I was in your shoes though. I suspect I would probably just stick to the track since I believe it is safer.
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Old 12-20-2010, 02:05 PM   #63
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IMO, this is the #1 most important question when deciding to ride a motorcycle. Is it worth the risk of dying? For me the answer is yes because of how much I enjoy it. I don't know if I could keep doing it if I was in your shoes though. I suspect I would probably just stick to the track since I believe it is safer.
It gets trickier when you have kids and a wife involved. I've asked myself several times if it's fair to them for me to take the risks I do. I know the right answer but that's where my selfish side comes in.
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It gets trickier when you have kids and a wife involved. I've asked myself several times if it's fair to them for me to take the risks I do. I know the right answer but that's where my selfish side comes in.
When I got married a few years back I ended up selling the bike because I felt I owed it to my new family (wife had a kid already). Though it wasn't the reason we got a divorce, I was really miserable without the bike and suspect that some of the resulting frustration was probably redirected towards them

It's not like I did it on purpose, but it does happen. It's probably something to take into consideration when making your decision. Just offering hindsight, not telling you what to do.

EDIT: I guess the point is keeping the bike and continuing to ride may not be as selfish as you think. You obviously care about riding and I am sure they want you to be happy too.
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Old 12-20-2010, 02:42 PM   #65
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Glad your alive to tell it! Gear or no gear? If so, what kind of gear? Just curious
I am sure the person you where quoting is talking about MotorCross action. Those riders get a lot of injuries quick and hard in practice and competition at any level. Usually they are always fully geared like in any picture you can find on the net (half plastic, half man). Just imagine how many injuries somebody can get in motorcross with out it.
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Old 12-21-2010, 01:17 PM   #66
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I'm not sure what makes a person get back on. I think it's just part of me now after all these years.

Like I posted last week, I got hit by a Suburban. I was very lucky to only have some bruises and general soreness. It was scary as and definitely not something I would like to experience again. It finally hit me pretty hard Saturday night as I was walking to my son's room to check on him before I went to bed. I realized that he could have been without me that night had I not been so lucky. It was the first real gut check I've had. It was the first time I ever considered giving up riding. I couldn't even talk when my wife found me and asked what was wrong. It was one of the most difficult things to think about.

I'm still not 100% sure if I'll be back to riding all the time like I was but I do already miss the bike. If it wouldn't have been for Saturday night I would probably be chomping at the bit to get back out right away.

I'm not sure what I'm getting at here. I guess it's just the thought process that's been running through my head lately.
Even though I'm not married and have kids, I know exactly what you mean. I went down a few weeks ago and have been thinking hard about riding. Luckily, I was able to get up from a 70mph low-side and walk away.

I live a very active lifestyle and the thought of not being able to work out or go out on saturday nights with friends is depressing. However, I love riding so much I am very certain I'll be back on the saddle during the next season.

I wish you luck in finding your resolve.
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However, I love riding so much I am very certain I'll be back on the saddle during the next season.

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When kids enter the picture it does make things totally different. Before I had a baby I really didn't care if something happened. Obviously I would prefer not to wreck but I never gave it much thought. If it happens it happens kind of attitude. Right when she was born a few months back I got rid of the liter bike and bought a slower bike. That was my compromise. Sure you can get broken off in a 40mph wreck but not near as bad as a 100 mph wreck which is the minimum speed you ride when you own a liter bike. Or any sportbike for that matter. Now I just get my kicks doing SLOWER dumb antics around town and in the neighborhood on the supermoto. It's twice as much fun. Cheaper to fix. And you're more likely to walk away from a get off when you are going at a much slower rate of speed. Going to start taking it to the track next year and probably will ride it even less on the street. But if you are railing sweepers on country roads fully committed at 100+ and you have kids, you might want to reconsider what you do for fun. Just saying. There is no surviving stuff like that. You are one slick spot away from dying.
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, talk about nice find man. I just signed up right now. Thanks for the heads up.
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It gets trickier when you have kids and a wife involved. I've asked myself several times if it's fair to them for me to take the risks I do. I know the right answer but that's where my selfish side comes in.
the way ive always looked at it is: you can get killed on a bike, in your car on the way to work, checking your mail, or a heart attack from the years of bigmac's youve been shoveling in your mouth. enjoy your life. you only get one, and its a short one at that.
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the way ive always looked at it is: you can get killed on a bike, in your car on the way to work, checking your mail, or a heart attack from the years of bigmac's youve been shoveling in your mouth. enjoy your life. you only get one, and its a short one at that.
And the more you enjoy your life and are happy, the more others enjoy sharing that life with you (unless your a total ).
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And the more you enjoy your life and are happy, the more others enjoy sharing that life with you (unless your a total ).
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Old 12-22-2010, 01:47 PM   #75
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Well, I posted a few days ago "I went down on 59" and when I recover I will be back on the bike. I know I was lucky and the good Lord was watching over me, and I pray he watches over you when u get on ur bike as well. I will invest in kevlar pants now, cuz rash is a pain in the , literally. I don't think riding in December is a good idea cuz people are focused on so many other things. Just gotta watch out for the other idiots... Here's the pics of my rash!!! The least rash is my right knee, the next is my left knee, and the worst is my hip/ right side.
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I think this is the patch I will be putting on my new jacket...
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Ouch, I can understand why people dont get back on a bike. I went down doing only 45 mph but if it wasnt for the fact that I had to ride the bike back to houston to get home. I think I would have taken a larger break from riding.

The first time I rode after having the local bike dealer in victoria take a look at it to check it over for damages. I was super super cautious, and have been each time since... Probably cause I had a full understanding at just how much it hurt to wreck.
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While I haven't got back on yet I will. On oct23 I took a pretty nasty spill. Ran a bit wide on a left and hit gravel and down I went going somewhere around 80-90 mph ( others on here may know how fast we were going as I rarely look anymore). Anyway in full gear I slid in gravel feet first till I hit a colvert. I broke my tib (shin) and my acetabulum ( hip socket) was in the hospital for three weeks had two surgeries( that got me five plates and dozens of screws). I'm at home now in physical therapy I probably won't walk again unassisted for two or three months. But when I am ready I will for sure ride again
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