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Old 06-22-2014, 07:49 AM   #61
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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?
I agree with some of the previous responses. Change your environment (track) and/or type (knobbies/supermoto).

Worried about death/injury? Man up, have your affairs in order, buy good insurance so your family is taken care of if you get injured/killed, and focus on the ride.

If you still don't enjoy it and are uncomfortable, you should quit.

To answer your last question...

I can't stop.
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I read a shirt the other day that said,
"I have two passions in life. My dirt bike, and... riding my dirt bike."

From the first time I read the original post, I just want to know:
At what point in ones involvement with motorcycles do they begin to call it a sport?

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Old 06-23-2014, 09:43 AM   #63
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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.
Clark, didn't realize you had an accident that took a finger. Sorry to hear it man. I bet the RR wasn't too happy to hear about the incident. Hope you're all healed up man!
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Old 06-23-2014, 10:13 AM   #64
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Clark, didn't realize you had an accident that took a finger. Sorry to hear it man. I bet the RR wasn't too happy to hear about the incident. Hope you're all healed up man!
My ring finger doesn't really bend much anymore, hard to grip things with my right hand. I was out of work for about a month, used up some vacation and had full coverage on the bike plus some disability. Looks like I never let go...
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dude I have read some good posts by you but never a accident thread. Hope everything gets back to as close as normal as quick as possible for you.
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I actually just wrecked on Thursday night and can't tell you how many times since then I've been asked if I'm done with bikes. Personally, I'm just that the insurance adjuster hasn't taken a look at the bike so I can fix it yet.
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I actually just wrecked on Thursday night and can't tell you how many times since then I've been asked if I'm done with bikes.
Men or women?
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Old 06-23-2014, 03:06 PM   #68
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I read a shirt the other day that said,
"I have two passions in life. My dirt bike, and... riding my dirt bike."

From the first time I read the original post, I just want to know:
At what point in ones involvement with motorcycles do they begin to call it a sport?
I was thinking he same thing. He'll, I race a few times a year and don't really consider it a sport. I quit for a number of years after a pretty bad ad injury but made my way back. It was never a issue of quitting. Life just didn't let me ride for a while. If you are scared then by all means quit. This may not be your thing. There is always bowling or mixed softball leagues.
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Men or women?
Both. Online, mostly friends of my wife, but several guys in the office asked me this morning. I'm sure most think I'm crazy for wanting to continue riding after having two separate wrecks within a month (first was on dirt, this one due to road conditions in a turn).
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I'm sure most think I'm crazy for wanting to continue riding after having two separate wrecks within a month (first was on dirt, this one due to road conditions in a turn).
Not surprised. This speaks volumes about the pussification of the average man in our culture: "Omg, you do risky things!? Omg those risky things hurt you!? You should totally never, ever take a risk again!!"

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Yep, truth is that someday I may hang up the gear on the street, but I'll have to get out on dirt or the track for that to happen. I enjoy riding too much, and at least as for now it would take a debilitating injury or illness to keep me from getting back on.
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Yep, truth is that someday I may hang up the gear on the street, but I'll have to get out on dirt or the track for that to happen. I enjoy riding too much, and at least as for now it would take a debilitating injury or illness to keep me from getting back on.

There's nothing wrong with realizing when the risk outweighs the reward, and for me dodging traffic in order to have shitty, boring, straight-line riding is just that. So I'm track only. Avoiding ALL risk, though, is just...unmanly.
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Avoiding all risk my .. Riding the track is more dangerous than the street. Specially level 2, ppl can use throttle all day and cant brake for causing many wrecks. There is plenty of extreme risk on the track.

If you ride the street correctly it should not be all that dangerous. Safer than driving in normal commuting.

There's something wrong with the way you ride track, bro.
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Old 06-23-2014, 09:16 PM   #76
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I've been riding since I was 9. I'm an old . I won't give up my supersports. I love the way they look, sound, feel, accelerate, corner, raise up from sheer power even if your not necessarily wanting to wheelie - everything. In 45 years of riding I've had my share of close calls. I still think the best quote of all is "Faster faster, until the thrill of the speed overrides the fear of death". I know one of the guys here on MH has that in his footer.

Never rode a cruiser, don't want to. (well, some bobbers have a certain appeal).

I've lost 30 fingers, 30 toes, 3 hearts, six eyes, and 3 of the best people in my life. Almost lost a son. You know what? Fire-hydrants are REALLY solid even when hit with 500 lbs going 50mph - but he still rides with us.

Hang up yer helmet and spurs if you want. But don't be in a rush to sell. Go out to the garage after a Monday, put on some good tunes and take your sweet time and start to really clean it. Get those bugs off and little by little return it to the best possible condition. Give the rims and tires that showroom appearance. Sit on it a little bit. Start it up and get a whiff of that awesome race fuel bike cologne, keep it fresh in the nostrils and let it seep into your pores. Stick your face right up to that beautiful Akrapovic voice. French kiss that baby. And keep the key on your keychain!!!!

Have a party in your garage and tell your buddies about your bike and the one you planned on upgrading to next year. Who cares if your lying. Sit on it and ease down a few beers. Dood - it's part of your family. And it loves you more than your woman loves you. It's easy to prove too. Take a good snort of that seat. Smell that riders swampass? Your woman washes it off herself every few weeks. Your bike will keep it on there all summer. Now THAT's love!

A marriage takes work and in my Bible in the Book Of Collisions, Chapter II are the 10 commandments.
1) Thou Shant Not Giveth Up Like A Wussy Baby Suckling.
2) Thou Shallt Have No Participation In Heathen Activities To Replace Thy Riding Time.
3) What The Hellith Is Wrongith With Thou?
D) Curseth Not As Thou Curseth With Thine Mouth At The Caged Animals Entering Two By Two, The Ark Of Thine Own Lane.
8) Offer A Praise Sacrifice Unto The of Power. From The Holy Blessings Bestowed On Thy Beast, Partake Of The Sweet Savor Of Unburnt 97, The Vapors Of Spirit That Rizeth From The Reservoir of Power Unto The Firmament And Thouest Own Nose.
%) Measure Thou The Highest Of Your RPM. Twist And Give Unto Him That Makes The Voice That Soundeth As the Sound of Glory, The Sound Of Ten Thousand Pistons Screaming In Ecstasy. Cry Unto Him, Bow Low At The Sight Of His Feet Shod With Sidi, His Hands With Alpine Stars. Cheerfully From Thine Heart, Giveth As It Were Ten Percent Of the Highest RPM.
10) Return Thee Unto Whence Thou Cometh. Take They Powerful Steed. Fashion Him Smartly Between Thine Legs And Let Thine Loins Be Pleasured and Produce Thine Good Seed For All To See. And You Shallt Become a Nation, An Army. Don't Be Ghey.
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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?
I had the same feeling back in 2010 when my son was born but my wife did not want me to sell my zx14. When we found out we were having another baby in Oct 2011 I convinced her to let me sell my bike. I say take a break in a few months you may change your mind and can buy a new bike.

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I did the same thing 4 years ago, sold all my street bikes. I had the exact same feelings as your having and I have been on a motorcycle since I was 5. This winter I bought myself a ATV to have some fun with and the addiction kicked back in, although this time on dirt. I know have a 400ex and a brand new polaris RZR and a kx 125. I am still feeling that urge to get back on a 4 cylinder bike though, but I doubt i'll buy one anytime soon. To me it's just not worth it riding around houston. Its not if somebody is going to run you over it's when. After having my son in september makes it even harder to want to get back out on the road. I vote knobbies too!!

I did the same thing bought a RZR and a honda trx450er and I have a lot of fun on dirt.
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What happened?
Was on 610 around the 290 exit, where 610 turns from westbound to southbound and they're doing all that construction. Hit a weird pavement seam (where it was asphalt to concrete) mid corner and it upset the rear suspension. Honestly felt like a reverse tank slapper, if that's a thing. Hit it right at the end of the easy curve, right before it gets tighter so I couldn't just stand the bike up out of the lean. Shake got worse and threw me off.

Oh well, I'm pretty fed up with touring bikes. They're fine for eating up highway miles but I'm ready to get back on something a little better suited to fun riding. I'll keep my rat to tug the sidecar and take on 5k mile trips.
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