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Old 08-28-2011, 05:33 PM   #1
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Thinking about hanging it up ?

Well guys, I'm torn between selling or keeping my baby. I'm actually scared of riding these crazy streets, all these rip threads. Don't get me wrong I know how to ride , but too many out there are with my mind. I keep hearing about how many people are having close calls and I'm also experiencing close calls. It's to the point where I'm wondering if I'll make it back home. Yet at the same time I love the riding ! I guess Im just ranting here, maybe I can get some input and have some peace of mind.
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Old 08-28-2011, 05:55 PM   #3
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take it to the track!!

i've never been but im positive its a lot more satisfying and safe
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Yea , I think I'm actually going to look into that. Sounds like a great idea, but I know it's expensive at the same time. Will see.
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Old 08-28-2011, 06:41 PM   #5
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Convert to a track bike. I'm getting ready to pull mine off the street for good as well and convert it to a track bike. In Houston its so flat and boring, its not fun to ride the street. If you do want to have fun it usually results in tickets. As far as dangers on the road, you have to be 110% alert at all times. Im gonna guess the majority of the RIP threads are because riders weren't paying attention, or doing something irresponsible.
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Old 08-28-2011, 06:41 PM   #6
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Riding a bike is dangerous...doesn't really matter where you do it.

Life has risks, it really depends on your choices to minimize what you can.

Be safe.
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Old 08-28-2011, 06:52 PM   #7
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I know exactly how you feel.
I just sold my bike 2 weeks ago for the same reason.
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Old 08-28-2011, 07:02 PM   #8
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Come out to the track. Experience it once before you hang it all up. Get the thrills of riding in a much safer environment and learn a whole lot about you and your ride that you never thought possible.
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The only time I would consider hanging it up is when you AREN'T afraid of riding on the streets.
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Old 08-28-2011, 07:19 PM   #10
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Yea , I think I'm actually going to look into that. Sounds like a great idea, but I know it's expensive at the same time. Will see.
I keep hearing people say that, but it's really not. You're looking at $120 for a day at the track. Helluva lot cheaper than a speeding ticket (not to mention the peace of mind). Sure there is some upfront cost for gear, but , you can pick up used gear all day long at a good price. Just recently I picked up a used one piece leather suit for $175. That's less than what I spent on my jacket for the street. If you don't want to do the track, get the out of Houston and ride the back roads. Not as safe as the track, but sure the is a lot safer than riding the streets of Houston. And a lot more fun too.
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ABout the fear aspect of riding...
I saw one of the magazine guys say something that has stuck with me for years.

Fear should be on the back seat every time you ride but when it climbs on your shoulders and puts it's hands over your eyes it's time to take a break.
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I know exactly how you feel.
I just sold my bike 2 weeks ago for the same reason.
Do what this guy did....

Hang it up and sell me your bike on the cheap
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I'd have to say the complete opposite.

You can't ride with fear. You start to hesitate, double take and doubt yourself...when that happens, you get into wrecks. You HAVE to be confident in your ability and your motorcycle to ride on the street. If someone has lost confidence in their motorcycle, tires, weather or their own ability they become a danger to themselves and the public.
true ... but at the same time that works both ways... if you have no fear then you become over confident and get complacent (sp) which can also result in getting yourself into trouble. there has to be an equal balance.
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ABout the fear aspect of riding...
I saw one of the magazine guys say something that has stuck with me for years.

Fear should be on the back seat every time you ride but when it climbs on your shoulders and puts it's hands over your eyes it's time to take a break.
^^this
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I think you've gotten plenty of good advice here. If it worries you that much maybe the track is a good option. I stopped riding for over 2 years after my father was killed on his Harley but ultimately bought another bike. We are all going to die it is just a matter of when and how. I've known more than one person who was killed in a car/truck and i still drive my truck everyday. You can't avoid death, just ride defensively and keep your affairs in order.
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Eddie, how often do you ride? almost daily ? weekend mostly??

and is it mostly highway speeds??

I ride 1-2 days a week, and do a good mix of side streets and highway.

To each his own, but at 70 + mph on houston highways is where i pucker up the most. highways with ruts and groooves everywhere from expansion gaps in the pavement, ppl hauling in cars, etc.

i know intersections are extrememly dangerous too, but if you do a whole lot of highways traveling i can see where ur getting worried. higher speeds means less reaction time and obviously more violent consequences if some goes down...

like most ppl have said, ride your own ride and make sure you're alert all the time.
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First things first, the track is not safe. It is safer than the street in the aspect of greater predictability, better road conditions and generally no aninmals or other things darting out in front of you -though one of my friends hit a deer in the esses at Road Atlanta during a Schwantz school several years ago.

You can't disregard the laws of physics. F=MA still rules, and at racetrack speeds can be pretty nasty. I've seen many a lifeflight and even more amulances cart folks away from race days and track days/schools alike. Fatalities, paralysis, and other bad things happen at the track too, though you're chances are much better for a more desirable outcome if you crash in a place with runoff, tire walls and an ambulance handy.

Rather than just a track day, consider a race school. Spend the extra money and get some instruction. The improvement is worth it, and it will keep you from learning/reinforcing bad habits that may or may not get pointed out to you in a friendly and constructive way during a track day. The additional skill and confidence that you gain from it may be just what you needed to get your street awareness and ability to a more comfortable level.

Not trying to be a killjoy, just pointing out that the racetrack isn't a magical place where no one takes an ambulance ride and depending on who you have for health and motorcycle insurance may give you a lot of grief about covering you at all.

The reality of it is, you will have to make your own choice. Riding isn't for everybody or every period of your life. If you are preoccupied with apprehension of crashing, don't let it affect your ability to ride focused and safe. If it does, fix your head or give it up for a while. The two most dangerous types of people in any high risk activity are those who are too afraid and those who aren't scared enough.
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^^ werd! well said. i hope to do a track day coming up in the fall, and by i'll be soaking up as much knowledge as i can. even though i've only got a 500, i know i haven't come close to taping out what that bike can do
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I ride 90% of the time at the track for the reasons that you mentioned. The other 10% of the time is twistie country backroads at a relaxed pace and maybe a chilled out ride to a meet or something.

If you haven't been to a trackday, I would give it a try before you hang it up.
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