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Old 07-11-2012, 01:04 PM   #1
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Is street riding worth it ?

Its hard for me to think after racing dirt bikes since I was 5, and riding street bikes for the last 14 years that I ask myself if riding on the streets with all the crazy drivers that dont pay attention for us is really worth it. I was in a bad accident September 2010 and barely just started riding again a few months ago. I got a call Sunday that one of my best friends was hit by a car while on a bike ride not more than 30 miles from my accident. His leg had to be amputated and he is in ICU in Saltlake City. I'm headed there tomorrow for a week to be with him and his family. I kinda want to be around to watch my daughter grow up, know what I mean ? Maybe its wise to just keep it at the track. Its not my riding ability I worry about, but the people in cagers that dont watch for us.

My accident happen by a lady pulling out in front of me on a 2 lane highway while texting on her cell phone. I nearly died from internal bleeding and my back and neck still hurt about every day. I "t boned" her doing about 60. Luckily i had all my gear on.

Just thinking out loud here... BLAH

Here are some pics of my bike after my accident. If you dont wear your gear 100% of the time, these pics might make you think twice...

Ok, thats all I have to say for now...

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I really don't have a clear answer.

Sure there are the dangers on the street that you can't control, like cars, drivers, gravel or oil/wet spots, etc...

There are certain levels of dangers at the track too...

I love track and I love riding track days.

I loved the street and missed it so much that I had to get my street bike ASAP.

They are both worth it for me, street because of the freedom and enjoyment of getting up and just going wherever you want and ride your bike.

It's hard when you hear about people you know going down or thinking about yourself when it happened to you. I've had 2 accidents now on the street, but neither landed me in the hospital or with serious injuries. So I can't fully see where you are coming from.

If you are going to ride with that monkey on your back every time, I would suggest maybe taking a break until that goes away..no sense in being tense or not enjoying your ride because of that worry.

Just my advice.
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Understood.... I think from racing dirt bikes forever and getting broken up my whole life, getting back on the street doesnt scared me and I dont worry about it much while I'm riding. I really love riding and doubt that I would give it up, I just think about the consequenses sometimes of mistakes from other motorists. To me thats the most frustrating part, is for those of us that are experienced and reasonably good riders, a lot of the times our accidents are not our fault, but those in cars and trucks not looking out for us.
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I street ride mainly on small cc bikes to minimize the risk that I will do something stupid.

Is it worth it to me...totally.

If I start to think I am putting on a show or doing something stupid to impress on the street I reflect on how slow I am on a racetrack in comparison to the fast guys and try to redirect myself to improve on the track.
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Its a rock and a hard place for me. I was severely hurt in an accident 4 months ago, broke my wrist, up my shoulder. Guess what, I was in a car. I sold my 600 before we decided to have kids, and now I rock a 350 dual sport on the street, and it keeps me from doing 150 down the freeways and wheelies all day, but still gives me that freedom to go where I want, explore new trails, and still kill some wheelies. But I feel I cant live in fear of what might happen in ANYTHING I do, because life is crazy and any minute can be your last, any decision can cripple you for life, good or bad.

I feel I have to enjoy the moments I have, and live with my decisions.

Do I want my son to ride on the streets, NO WAY IN !
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I had the same question awhile back.

While I am definitely pro track, since it helps you learn to control your motorcycle to a whole other level, As I got faster, and started watching the even faster guys, I started to realize how hurt you can get from crashing at the track as well.

Do you have a significantly less chance of dying on the street, sure I think. Getting hurt, I don't know anymore.

It IS worth it to have the freedom to go where you please, and experience different scenery, but if you're really really worried about being there for your kids and being able to support them financially, riding motorcycles isn't the safest sport in either facet.
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Pretty scary pictures you got there... At least you were riding full gear... Like you were at one of the last group ride on a Sunday.
Street riding as far as I am concerned .... You have to try to anticipate every moves of drivers around you because in today world , they spend more time on the phone than paying attention....
Scary out there but still so much fun...
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I can not say it is not worth it... but i have to admit that i rarely ride on the street much any more...my cruiser hardly ever gets riden...i think it has been out of the garage once this year and for a very hort ride to a meet..
the sport bike has maybe 100 street miles on it this year... the rest of my riding is on the track, either trackdays or tmgp days.
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And one more thing, I am on a layover right now in San Francisco ,65 degrees blue sky and dry.... If only I could ride today in the nappa twisties...
So to come back to the thread, the pleasure of street riding I think is worth the risk if you put all your chances on your side and don't trust any car drivers around you !!!!!
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Old 07-11-2012, 01:41 PM   #11
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And one more thing, I am on a layover right now in San Francisco ,65 degrees blue sky and dry.... If only I could ride today in the nappa twisties...
So to come back to the thread, the pleasure of street riding I think is worth the risk if you put all your chances on your side and don't trust any car drivers around you !!!!!
Man... I lived in Napa for about a year and rode all over Napa and Sonoma Valley. So cool and a really cool Bay Area riding group, similar to motohouston. I'd love to go back and ride that hill country !!
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I think about it everytime I put on my helmet! But I also get on airplanes a lot. A steel tube, 35,000 feet in the air doing 700 mphs. I can get killed doing that. I drive a car in Houston. How many people get killed everyday driving a car? A lot!

I also think a lot about a quote from Teddy Roosevelt:
"Far better is it to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs, even though checkered by failure... than to rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy nor suffer much, because they live in a gray twilight that knows not victory nor defeat!"

I think what's trying to get across is that if you want to experience life, you have to get out there and just do it............ the dangers!

Is it worth it?............I'd say yes!
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Did the lady at least say she was sorry ? cause you know that makes it ok when your texting driving and pull out in front of a motorcycle. dumb
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Man... I lived in Napa for about a year and rode all over Napa and Sonoma Valley. So cool and a really cool Bay Area riding group, similar to motohouston. I'd love to go back and ride that hill country !!

Great area for sure. I am pretty new with Houston community but I like it, I have been riding before mostly in France but at the end of the day ... It's all about riding with friends...
Is it after your accident that you made the switch to the S1KRR? Amazing bike by the way.... First time that I am so happy with a bike and not looking for something else ...
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Did the lady at least say she was sorry ? cause you know that makes it ok when your texting driving and pull out in front of a motorcycle. dumb
Notta, I never heard from her !
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Man... I lived in Napa for about a year and rode all over Napa and Sonoma Valley. So cool and a really cool Bay Area riding group, similar to motohouston. I'd love to go back and ride that hill country !!

Great area for sure. I am pretty new with Houston community but I like it, I have been riding before mostly in France but at the end of the day ... It's all about riding with friends...
Is it after your accident that you made the switch to the S1KRR? Amazing bike by the way.... First time that I am so happy with a bike and not looking for something else ...
Yes, I got my S1Krr after my Repsol bike got destroyed. Thanks, its the coolest bike I've had so far ! I've had a lot of bikes including some Ducs and I'll take the BMW anyday...
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For me...it is no longer worth the risk.
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I started riding the track 2.5 years ago. After a year of street/track riding I gave up the street completely. Don't miss it at all.
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Well, one way to think about it:

All outdoor "adventure" activities are dangerous. Each one has risk associated with it and can be measured statistically.

Motorcycles (and this includes the one-vehicle accidents, stunting injuries, and no-evasive-action stuff as well as the 100k mile GoldWing rider) is statistically about the same danger level as horseback riding and rock climbing. It's slightly more dangerous (just slightly) than scuba diving, slightly safer than private aviation and white water kayaking, and significantly safer than skydiving (which also includes wingsuit and BASE jumping).

It isn't inherently dangerous (like bungee jumping) since the bike itself is very stable and American roads are generally well-maintained.

So, since I would be doing SOME kind of outdoor adventure activity (since otherwise I would get my kicks from books and videogames only), I picked one that I LOVE LOVE LOVE - AND - is about the middle of the pack in terms of danger.

So, the question isn't whether motorcycles are dangerous. Clearly they are. But if I wasn't riding I would be doing something else outside. And THAT would be about the same level of danger. Well, probably more, since wingsuit was my #2 choice.
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its a defining characteristic of who we are...take that away and we're just "normal". sorry about your accident. kind of coincidental but a friend of mine that was in a coma, amongst other serious injuries, from an accident years ago just purchased a s1000rr for the street...its just in our make up.
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