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Old 06-19-2014, 07:36 AM   #41
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Looks like this is it for me. Hanging the helmet up (and selling it). Been riding for almost 2 years now. I've got this random gut feeling that I shouldn't be riding, and my mind hasn't been in it the last few weeks. I love the sport, but I feel like I'll be doing myself a disservice by riding at the moment. Plus, all the news of illegals/uninsured/underinsured driving around in cages itching to take me out are getting to me.
Has anyone else been at this point, or have similar feelings?
What makes you keep riding?

This is when you start doing trackdays. You know, actually using that sportbike as a sportbike instead of a really uncomfortable cruiser.
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Old 06-19-2014, 01:33 PM   #42
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This is when you start doing trackdays. You know, actually using that sportbike as a sportbike instead of a really uncomfortable cruiser.
That's the truth. Nothing gets your "want to ride" back like a track day
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Old 06-19-2014, 02:45 PM   #43
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Old 06-19-2014, 03:45 PM   #44
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Never ride if you're not ready to ride.

That said there's a difference bewtween managing your risks and being afraid.

No sense in being afraid because anything can happen. Tuesday night coming home from church a car was stopped in the left lane of the feeder on the BW8 with its hazzards on. We got over almost a mile from it and still wound up having to avoid an accident because some speeding idiot ran right up on the stopped car only to have to lock up the brakes and swerve into our lane. Anything can happen. You can be a thoughtful cautious person and die from a mosquito bite. Bro life is too short to live in fear. Its easier to grab the bull by horns when you've made arrangements to be taken care of after the rodeo. Like someone esle said if you're afraid, go to church, get right with and then go for it!

If you feel like the risks of ridding are too great for the reward then don't.

I'm absoluting going crazy waiting to get back on two wheels. Rehabing a knee to be strong enough to walk and run and drive without going stiff seems like its taking forever, but its only really been about four weeks.
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Think about it all the time. Then I think wtf is wrong with me.
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Old 06-19-2014, 11:07 PM   #46
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I've been off the street for a while but I think it may be time to get back out there. I miss being able to ride anytime I feel like it. I miss the commute home.
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Old 06-20-2014, 07:59 AM   #49
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Being a younger rider, at 24, a lot of people dont seem to take my opinions seriously lol.

But here we go.

Ive ridden since i was 3 and raced mx from 5-17. Not rode, raced. When the time came for a street bike, unlike most other kids my age, noobs or not, i stayed away from sportbikes. For a reason. I wasnt ready.

Riding for 17 years, i wasnt ready for a sportbike. And i knew that.

Noobs dont know that. They see a shiny fast bike and want to ride it, so theirr first bike ends up being a 600 or 1000.

Thats a major issue. People with no experience ARE NOT READY FOR THESE BIKES. You may have self control, but you dont have the experience. Or you may have the experience, and no self control.

2 years in, youre still a fresh rider. I learned a lot from the years of racing, and as unpredictable as cagers are, they are nothing compared to some throttle happy goon who cant pick a line.

I guess what im getting at is dont quit riding....if you love it, try a more suitable bike.

Supermotos > everything. Lol. Slow cheap and more fun. The only reason i sold mine was because i couldnt commute on beltway with it. Most fun ive ever had in 2 wheels.

I now have a street triple, and as fast as it is...its still relatively slow.

Those of us that have been riding forever need to be s little more responsible when dragging our friends into the bike life. No one needs a literbike for their first bike. Or s 600lb street glide. Its worth starting out small and cheap because your life is worth it...
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Old 06-20-2014, 01:56 PM   #51
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And track days will teach you more in a few sessions that a year of street riding. I assure you.
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Old 06-20-2014, 02:12 PM   #52
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Plus, all the news of illegals/uninsured/underinsured driving around in cages itching to take me out are getting to me.
You do realize that's nothing new, right?

not knocking you for hanging it up
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Old 06-20-2014, 02:37 PM   #53
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You can get hit by a car checking your mail.. Are you goin gto stop doing that?

I have kids, and I have worries about it. I did take breaks for the first year after they were born.. And I have taken breaks off and on but I keep coming back..

And I usually take the month of December off due to traffic and the holidays..
This happened to one of my dads best Harley riding friends. An old lady hit him as he was doing just that and he had to have some limbs amputated (don't remember which ones though) him up for the rest of his life and i believe he eventually passed away due to complications from the accident.
All the years when they were riding together he was one of those that would get totally f'ed up and ride like a wildman.

If your not comfortable get out. If nothing else it will insure that you won't become another one of those RIP threads.

However if part of you really enjoys being on 2 wheels then I'd vote for the knobbies too. They are a blast and the trees haven't learned to text and grow yet.

Me, I'll never stop. I've been on 2 wheels and a motor of one form or another since 1974.
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Only thing that cinvinced me to quit riding eas the back end of a SUV.
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Hello all,

Looks like this is it for me. Hanging the helmet up (and selling it). Been riding for almost 2 years now. I've got this random gut feeling that I shouldn't be riding, and my mind hasn't been in it the last few weeks. I love the sport, but I feel like I'll be doing myself a disservice by riding at the moment. Plus, all the news of illegals/uninsured/underinsured driving around in cages itching to take me out are getting to me.
Has anyone else been at this point, or have similar feelings?
What makes you keep riding?
The track. I gave up street riding long ago and that's nothing more fun then the track.
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Old 06-21-2014, 04:53 PM   #56
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Being a younger rider, at 24, a lot of people dont seem to take my opinions seriously lol.

But here we go.

Ive ridden since i was 3 and raced mx from 5-17. Not rode, raced. When the time came for a street bike, unlike most other kids my age, noobs or not, i stayed away from sportbikes. For a reason. I wasnt ready.

Riding for 17 years, i wasnt ready for a sportbike. And i knew that.

Noobs dont know that. They see a shiny fast bike and want to ride it, so theirr first bike ends up being a 600 or 1000.

Thats a major issue. People with no experience ARE NOT READY FOR THESE BIKES. You may have self control, but you dont have the experience. Or you may have the experience, and no self control.

2 years in, youre still a fresh rider. I learned a lot from the years of racing, and as unpredictable as cagers are, they are nothing compared to some throttle happy goon who cant pick a line.

I guess what im getting at is dont quit riding....if you love it, try a more suitable bike.

Supermotos > everything. Lol. Slow cheap and more fun. The only reason i sold mine was because i couldnt commute on beltway with it. Most fun ive ever had in 2 wheels.

I now have a street triple, and as fast as it is...its still relatively slow.

Those of us that have been riding forever need to be s little more responsible when dragging our friends into the bike life. No one needs a literbike for their first bike. Or s 600lb street glide. Its worth starting out small and cheap because your life is worth it...

true very true so many people cant use a super sport, I sort of can but have a lot of room to grow. O.P. do some trackdays ur Daytona will thank you. the Daytona is bad at every thing except going fast, that's all it can do. it was 97% made for racing period.
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Hello all,

Looks like this is it for me. Hanging the helmet up (and selling it). Been riding for almost 2 years now. I've got this random gut feeling that I shouldn't be riding, and my mind hasn't been in it the last few weeks. I love the sport, but I feel like I'll be doing myself a disservice by riding at the moment. Plus, all the news of illegals/uninsured/underinsured driving around in cages itching to take me out are getting to me.
Has anyone else been at this point, or have similar feelings?
What makes you keep riding?


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I recently quit riding after 26 years. If you don't feel like you shouldn't be riding, then don't ride. If you haven't tried dirt yet, maybe that's your thing. Seems like I stayed injured when I rode dirt, but never got into anything that I felt like should have killed me. Worst thing on dirt was a broken leg. I went down in March and damaged both knees and my right hand, lost a finger. Was geared up and it saved my life, but I'm hanging up the (severely damaged) helmet as well.
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I recently quit riding after 26 years. If you don't feel like you shouldn't be riding, then don't ride. If you haven't tried dirt yet, maybe that's your thing. Seems like I stayed injured when I rode dirt, but never got into anything that I felt like should have killed me. Worst thing on dirt was a broken leg. I went down in March and damaged both knees and my right hand, lost a finger. Was geared up and it saved my life, but I'm hanging up the (severely damaged) helmet as well.
but.....you still have nine fingers left..
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