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Old 05-08-2011, 11:43 PM   #21
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Imo track is not the cure all.
I've gone back and forth over my almost 35 years of riding.
There's been times the bikes have sat for months at a time, but I always get back on.
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on another note , when i had my first kid i stopped riding for 17 years its not a bad thing to have family as a top priority. just my .02
You know, I hadn't really stopped to consider this. I guess even if I did give it up now, there's still plenty of time to come back and see more and do more. Maybe if I hang it up for now, I can walk away with full intentions of coming back. Actually, a much better way of looking at it



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You've had a rough patch what with the recent death and it is sobering to realize ones mortality.
Imo don't make any quick decisions. If anything maybe move away from the GSXR and more towards a different genre, naked standard maybe.
If you feel like talking about it you know how to get a hold of me.
Thanks Patrick. Honestly, before that day I had almost always believed that the FURTHER you push your limits, the quicker your own mortality would come and remind you of who you really were. Everything can change much too fast in the blink of an eye even when you're not.
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Old 05-08-2011, 11:57 PM   #22
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Whenever I feel like selling the bike I sing it a little song. Works everytime.


We're no strangers to love
You know the rules and so do I
A full commitment's what I'm thinking of
You wouldn't get this from any other guy
I just wanna tell you how I'm feeling
Gotta make you understand

Never gonna give you up
Never gonna let you down
Never gonna run around and desert you
Never gonna make you cry
Never gonna say goodbye
Never gonna tell a lie and hurt you

We've known each other for so long
Your heart's been aching but
You're too shy to say it
Inside we both know what's been going on
We know the game and we're gonna play it
And if you ask me how I'm feeling
Don't tell me you're too blind to see

Never gonna give you up
Never gonna let you down
Never gonna run around and desert you
Never gonna make you cry
Never gonna say goodbye
Never gonna tell a lie and hurt you
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Old 05-09-2011, 12:13 AM   #23
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I was talking to Dante last night (DOV on the board, and I know you're lurking fool) and something he said really stuck with me.

The only thing worse than having a bad wreck and dying, is having a bad wreck and NOT dying, ending up paraplegic or something... then looking back and regretting not stopping when I had the chance.
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Old 05-09-2011, 12:33 AM   #24
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Doubt is a very dangerous thing. Once it enters your mind it can become debilitating. I do not know the details surrounding your contemplation of hanging up your helmet, but some of the things you have highlighted lead me to believe you have some very valid reasons for considering this. It sounds like a recent scare has brought those reasons to the forefront of your thought. There is absolutely nothing wrong with that. It's simply the way life works.

If every time you get on your bike you find yourself doubting whether or not you should be riding, you won't enjoy it, which makes it kinda pointless. It sounds like you have other hobbies and responsibilities to keep you occupied if you do decide to hang it up.

As Patrick said, don't make a rash decision. It sounds to me like you've put some thought into this, and if you think it's the best decision, then go with your gut. There will always be an abundance of bikes for sale. Just don't let your "M" endorsement lapse so you can borrow a bike from a friend for a cruise every once in awhile.
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Old 05-09-2011, 06:07 AM   #25
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^^^Pinball, thanks. Very well put.
I honestly don't find myself with a whole lot of doubt when I go ride. I ride within my limits and that keeps my confidence in check. But like El Tejano pointed out, your own safety isn't always in your own hands. Too many external variables.

With all that said, obviously there will be times where you can misjudge, miscalculate or your margin of error for this particular day on this particular road can lead to some very bad consequences. Gravel, roadkill, oil, debris, grandma in her Cutlass, etc etc etc...

It really isn't one thing in particular for me, though.
Man, all this talk of selling my bike really makes me wanna go ride lol...
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Old 05-09-2011, 06:32 AM   #26
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Sell and hardknock it. I've been looking at building one for the enjoyment of the build, a more economical around town ride, and the style. They are cheap too (like 2-4k depending).

I know its been rough since that ride. There is nothing wrong with taking a break for awhile. Think things through. I don't see you giving up riding however. Sad reality is you could die just as easily and quickly elsewhere while not on two wheels. you could ride to work one night, and something could happen in the office (rogue paper clip in the jugular or something).

My opinion, sit down and write a list. Two columns, one of the advantages of keeping, and one of the advantages of selling. Be honest on it, and it will help you decide what to do. Thats what I did, and it ended up planting me out here in Houston, and meeting all you crazies!
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Old 05-09-2011, 06:50 AM   #27
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The memories and mis-givings are still too fresh I think. Give it some time and really consider if you still enjoy the bike.

It took me a long time to get back on mine after Pigpen passed. I would gear up, fire up, and sit in the driveway thinking.. and then put it all back up.

Truthfully, there isn't much you could have done in your case. you have to come to grips and deal with it one way or another.

This is one of the most dangerous hobbies out there, risk versus reward is a pretty unbalanced scale..

So.. if you can ride without worries that will tell you something... if you have that "what if??" bouncing around in your mind while on the bike then there's your answer.
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Sell and hardknock it. I've been looking at building one for the enjoyment of the build, a more economical around town ride, and the style. They are cheap too (like 2-4k depending).
I agree with this, those things are pretty cool actually.
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Nail on the head. Exact same thing here. (Well, except my kid will just now be starting kindergarden.) Man, I love knowing that it's in my garage and I love having a free day to just get on and ride. And when I do ride, there's no where else I'd rather be. , lately that's just once every 2 weeks now.

I think when your bike time is limited you can appreciate it more. I used to love riding every wednesday.....the track days etc. Now im just happy to get a day I don't have to be anywhere. That's how I know my life has changed. =(

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Sometimes I get to ride ONCE a month.

Still not selling her. No way.
Yep me too!! And Evey time I get to ride even if its up the street to work im thrilled and tell myself im going to ride more......then I get home and all that changes.
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lol make sure and hook it up to a battery tender..... my riding slowed waaay down and I found out I needed a tender.
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Old 05-09-2011, 07:12 AM   #31
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I think everyone hits this point at some. Mine was over a year ago. I got a new job only ~8 miles from the house and it was hard to ger all up for a 8 mile run, I also think that year we had above avg RIP threads. so slowly and slowly the bike started staying in the garage more and more.

Then I found out the third kid ( my first son ) was on the way. after a few months of debating it all in my head ( and the bike only going out once a month if that ) I decided to sell and get a bigger truck.

Drove the two trucks (had one while I had the bike ), but started really missing the spot in the garage where the bike sat. I knew that one day I would get another bike, I just didn't know it was only six months between the two.

I think you can sell it but you are really going to miss it, even if you only get on it once a month... Maybe even just put it up for a bit and take a break untill you are ready to get back on...
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Yeah, man that was a good talk, thanks for the call.
Hey BTW, do you guys go to that Cafe Express often?
Might be down for going back again and shooting the breeze with you guys.

i go there from time to time...if you're ever in the area, give me a ring and we will get some grub.
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Look man, if you decide to sell her, you can borrow mine when you get the itch.
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Still not selling her. No way.
I have ridden twice in a year and there is no way I am selling my f4i, that. I live that bike. I would sell both 600rr's before I sell my baby.
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I would let you cheat with one of my Italian mistresses anytime. I know how your thinking, but I personally have to move on. You will be missed if you sell, homie. But I understand
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Helios, you have to ask yourself why you ride. Is it the bond between man and machine, the bond with your brothers that with you, the open road or freedom you feel when your leaning into a turn. Depending on the answer you may have some other choices and I can fully understand after the last weeks events why you may be questioning.
Think out of the box, (convertibles, car clubs, etc) all offer possibilities that may get you what your looking for. Good luck with your decision whatever it is.
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not that it's your reason but I just don't understand all the folks who say "i'm getting married, got kids now and therefore I must quit riding a motorcycle"

you can get killed in a cage just the same, or hit by a bus walking to work

everyone dies anyway

and the fact that you are getting older should = more maturity and a less risky rider

to me, it's still a fun, and economical way to get around town, and even have some fun at the track

plus it feels so good, it makes me feel free form bog oil and high gas prices

I'll quit now as to avoid thread jacking
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