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Old 06-01-2011, 07:52 PM   #21
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Wear all your gear hot or cold and do a trackday to learn how to handle your bike
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Old 06-01-2011, 08:00 PM   #22
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Gear is a most having a bike sir!
Now... I rather die on two wheels having a good time then doing nothing... I always say if its time for me to go then will take me whenever he wants to take me... Sleeping, eating, ... U get the point.. Now go put some gear on!!!!
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Your going to die, no one gets out alive...

That being said, quit being a , tell them to STFU and put some gear on...

That is all.
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Old 06-01-2011, 09:16 PM   #24
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So much of it is in your hands, the rest is beyond your control. Here's the voice of a 40 year old that's buried too many friends over the years and still rides. Do everything in your power to keep a handle on that which is in your hands. YOU control what you wear, how you ride, whether you pay attention and use your head or ride like an idiot. Maybe DOES take you when it's your time, but helps those that help themselves. You've got to do your part. Skills, Judgement, Gear. When you're in over your head or feeling pressure from those around you, when you're riding with a bunch of idiots and you know it, when it's "too hot" for gear, when you've "mastered" your 600 and need more bike (and deep down you know you've got a lot to learn still) - back off for a minute, use your head and do the smart thing.

I've watched too many good people get killed and seriously hurt over the years for very very preventable things. I've been on the receiving end of lapses in judgement and it's cost me money and broken bones. Even when you do your best, bad things can still happen. I lost a best friend in 2007 to a freak mechanical issue in his final drive that caused his rear to lock up on the interstate and he was dumped and run over. I lost another one of our best friends in the old crew last year to a deer collision on his way to work. Lost my first bike friend back '93 to a GSXR1100 and known more than a couple other casual friends since then to die and and a couple of close ones to get paralyzed like my buddy Pete Anziano - hit by a truck running wide up in the mountains.

Don't ever lull yourself into thinking this is safe. It is not, but it is worth the calculated risk to most of us. You have the ability to improve your odds every single time you hop on the bike. A lot of it is up to you.

It IS more dangerous to ride than drive, but it's a lot more rewarding as well. I've buried three good friends from skydiving and four of my close riding buddies over the years so far. It never gets easier. I still dearly miss each of them very much. Each time, it makes you reconsider what you do and how you do it - and IF you want to keep doing it. So far, my answer has always been the same, keep on going.

There was always a common old skydiver saying that applies a lot to bikes as well -"There are old skydivers and there are bold skydivers, but there are few old bold skydivers." Same applies here in a lot of ways. Use your head, stay relaxed and focused, wear your gear, get some skills and don't ride with douchebags. Good luck and stay safe.
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Old 06-01-2011, 10:53 PM   #25
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Originally Posted by ARKEM View Post
i wear my lid at all times, not my jacket so much because of the heat.
better to sweat than bleed, bro.

but on topic...i used to hear it from the family, but they know i have some common sense, and they dont worry too much. they still mention it every know and then.

for one, i avoid talking about motorcycles to people who give those kind of speeches. last thing you want to do is talk to them about how someone almost came into your lane, or how the gravel almost made you lose it. dont talk to them about how fast you were going, or how far you lean. pretty much dont talk to them about bikes at all. if they ask about it, treat it like its no big deal and move on.

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Old 06-01-2011, 11:05 PM   #26
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my advice would be pay attention, Plan that every car on/off the road will hit you at any point in time and you should be set. If your expecting that everycar will hit you then u have a 1up on noob wreckless cage drivers
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Old 06-01-2011, 11:25 PM   #27
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I often think of this joke when people give me that kind or call it a "murder"cycle:

I recently picked a new primary care physician. After two
visits and exhaustive lab tests, he said I was doing "fairly
well" for my age. A little concerned about that comment, I
couldn't resist asking him, "Do you think I'll live to be 80?"

He asked,"Well, do you smoke tobacco or drink beer?"

"Oh no," I replied. "I've never done either."

Then he asked, "Do you eat rib-eye steaks and barbequed ribs?"

I said "No, I've heard that all red meat is very unhealthy!"

"Do you spend a lot of time in the sun, like playing golf?"
he said.

"No, I don't," I said.

He said, "Do you gamble, drive fast cars, or
fool around with sexy women?"

"No," I said. "I've never done any of those things."

He looked at me and said, "Then why do you give a
if you live to be 80?"
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Old 06-02-2011, 12:42 AM   #28
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It always amazes/impresses me how many people go down and go down hard at trackdays or races and just get up and walk away. Of course, not everyone has such fortune but many do. Consider doing a trackday and invite your friends/family to witness it for themselves.
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CONFIDENCE brings EXCELLENCE. dont think about any of it while ur riding. worst thing u will do to yourself. ENJOY while u ride.

I've had a fall 10 years ago when i use to ride like a dumb but i guess now im less of a dumb so i bought another one! lol
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Old 06-02-2011, 05:57 AM   #30
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Originally Posted by ARKEM View Post
Ive had my bike for about two months now. I get so many people telling me i'am riding my coffin. Or i'am going to die. or they bring up i heard so and so was killed or brain Dead. i wear my lid at all times, not my jacket so much because of the heat.

I know you guys ride and just wanted see if you have gone through this and/or what to say to these people. I'am hooked and i love riding, still a little slower than the rest but i like to cruise.

any thoughts?

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Old 06-02-2011, 07:11 AM   #31
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Wheelie in front of their house and do burn-outs on their driveway

....really though. consider a trackday.
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Old 06-02-2011, 07:24 AM   #32
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I've been riding for 30 years now and I still hear those words being spoken to me. Goes in one ear and out the other. I could care less what others think, especially people that have never ridden and have no clue on what motorcycling is all about.
+1 - make it 40 years of riding and still hear it. It will never stop.

I just say this to those folks: some people are content to ride the merry-go-round, which is safe, but boring, but some of us must ride the roller coaster.

Which one are you?
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Old 06-02-2011, 08:06 AM   #33
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All in all, motorcycle gets you things like girls, mpg's, fun times, cool stats, and then more girls....
HOLY ! bike attract girls!!!! and I will get stats! I better let my wife know! I better start working on my "cool pose"

Yup, been hearing it for years. For those close to me, I made abundantly clear that while I understand the expressed concern, its my choice to ride and I don't want to hear that every time I see them.
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Old 06-02-2011, 08:28 AM   #34
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The ones talking are the ones that are too scared to ride, or their wife won't let them buy a bike.

Best thing to do is wear your gear, help your chances.

I went down with all my gear and walked away with no issues. People that DON'T ride will hear that you've gone down, and are perfectly fine, and usually change their tune about "Oh you're gonna die bla bla bla!"
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Do everything in your power to keep a handle on that which is in your hands.
and this

Originally Posted by CCH View Post
don't ride with douchebags.
Just plain good advice
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Old 06-02-2011, 09:35 AM   #36
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Originally Posted by theonepr83 View Post
everone is going too talk bs cuz there not a ridder you have to be a ridder to understand just dont think about dieing when you ride just have fun and be safe
Originally Posted by theonepr83 View Post
i was on my cell phone sorry didn't think it was spelling class
I'm tired of the cell phone excuse so now I'm going to be a .

"everone" is most likely a typo...understood

I'll even let the the two o's in too slide. maybe you were just mashing that o button

cuz instead of cause...ok you saved two letters, not bad

but there instead of they're makes me start hating you a little.

and then ridder instead of rider. WTF you're adding a letter. and you do it twice so it wasn't a mistake. it's RIDER, it, not ridder.

ok, I'm done. except for a translation of your original post

Everyone is going to talk bullshit cause they are not riders. You have to be a rider to understand. Just don't think about dying when you ride. Just have fun and be safe.
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Old 06-02-2011, 10:03 AM   #37
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do what I do, get online and look up daily car crashes and then print them. Start laying these around the house and your friends houses. Then start every conversation with; Did you see someone else died in a car wreck today? I am so glad I'm riding a bike, geez its got to be so unsafe to travel around in a car now a days!

(only works if you print 10-30 car wrecks)

I have done that, now I just tell people that it is a proven statistic that more people die in car accidents than in motorcycles accidents. They then proceed to tell me "well ya because there are more cars on the road" which I respond "so I should take a chance and add to that statistic or ride safe and live longer" most of the time they shut-up after that....then again so far all the people who have told me this have not been the brightest people out there so simple word confusion really messes with them
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