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Old 09-12-2007, 11:22 AM   #1
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Bye bye to riding...for now

As some of you may have heard monday morning i was heading back home from 24hr and had a pretty bad wreck on my bike. If you recall it was a beautiful day it was about 10:30 am and as i was about a few blocks from my house an 82 yr old man came out of a parking lot onto the street right in front of me and stops half way i was going about 28mph but he came out when i was about 10 ft of pasing him so yeah take a wild guess..... i braked as much as i could but it was too late so i slammed into his left fender. I then flew about (from the witnesses statements) 5 ft in to the air and did a flip and landed on my back . My R6 or from what i could see seemed to be shattered (im hoping just cosmetic) but the handle bars few into the air with me since i gripped the out of them.

Anywho thank im ok i just wanted to share my story with you guys and i hope and pray that all of you are safe out there.

All i know is coming home from the hospital that evening and being able to see my kids and family again taught me not to take them or any day im alive for that matter for granted. I will keep bike riding but just to be on the safer side i will not be riding on the streets ...its just not worth never getting to see my kids again. So hello track days and goodbye streets.

All i can say is im very very lucky to just have gotten a stiff neck and soar and a bruised ankle. This accident to me was .... life changing.


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Old 09-12-2007, 11:25 AM   #2
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wow, glad to hear you're okay. i'm guessing you had gear on.
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Old 09-12-2007, 11:26 AM   #3
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yeah cant go wrong with it
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Old 09-12-2007, 11:37 AM   #4
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glad your ok...I feel ya on that decision...
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glad your ok girlie........i think old people shouldnt drive or atleast take another driving test to prove they can still be behind the wheel
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Old 09-12-2007, 11:42 AM   #6
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Old 09-12-2007, 11:43 AM   #7
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, sorry to hear that. Sounds like you came out of it well, hope the same is true of the bike.

I understand how you feel about riding on the street, or rather the urge not to. I have had a few accidents over the years on the street, luckily none of them resulting in permanent injuries. All of my accidents were my fault to one degree or another and I learned from each of them (though I do NOT recommend this as an educational route).

After each of the accidents I felt much closer to my mortality, which is not a pleasantly rekindled relationship. Each time I wreck I go through a mindset which I now recognize - that voice in the back of my head that says, "See - told ya you'd **** up, now look what you've done - could have maimed or killed yourself and now are out $X, for bike/gear. Selfish , that's money that could be used to send your kids to college...".

I have come, however, to the realization that motorcycling on the street is something I enjoy immensely, and that I can meet the responsibilities I have as a father, a husband, and a provider and still enjoy this hobby. For me it comes down to balance, priorities, and responsibility. That means, for instance, that I rarely will make meet-ups as I usually have to be at some dance, karate, school, scout, etc. function, that I carry a very large life insurance policy along with short and long term disability as well as health insurance and that I ride on the street in a way that minimizes the risks to my person by staying educated on rider safety and wearing appropriate gear.

I'm not trying to talk you out of giving up on street riding, just letting you know I understand where you are coming from.

Hope you get over your soreness soon.
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Old 09-12-2007, 11:43 AM   #8
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wow.. girl i am glad your ok... sorry i never got to ride with ya.. take care.
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Old 09-12-2007, 11:45 AM   #9
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Old 09-12-2007, 11:53 AM   #10
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Glad you're ok chicka!! Sucks since your b-day party is just around the corner. Did the guy admit to being in the wrong?
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Old 09-12-2007, 11:56 AM   #11
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So sorry to hear about your accident but I'm glad you're o.k.!

Gear is awesome isn't it?!

You may want to rethink the street riding hiatus.
If you're dragging your knee in every turn on the way to Fayetteville, then yes, the track is a safer place to do that, but as far as everyday riding, I disagree.

I've been riding the street and track for almost 30 years now.
While the track can be safer because it's more of a "controlled environment", typically, you are more likely to go down because you're exploring the edges of the envelope while you work on improving your skill level.

In my experience, as well as others I know, I've been down more often / harder on the track than the street.
I'm not saying that you will too, just that the track is not always the best refuge.

Did the guy at least have insurance?
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Old 09-12-2007, 12:03 PM   #12
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Old 09-12-2007, 12:09 PM   #13
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glad your ok girlie........i think old people shouldnt drive or atleast take another driving test to prove they can still be behind the wheel
People sometimes feel bad for making old people, who have lived their life so long ...... take a competence test and see if they are able to drive.

To some senior citizens that is all they have left ...

But in all cases, they are not competent to drive, and they are a risk to others.

This should be mandatory at a certain age, and it should be a Senior citizen driving license, which limits them to only day time driving within 200 miles of their home unless accompanied by a person with a regular Class C license or greater.....

would save alot of lives, including but not limited to the Senior Driver themselves.

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Glad to hear you're ok, I dont think I could handle hearing another person on the brink of death anymore ..

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Old 09-12-2007, 12:20 PM   #16
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wow, I too believe that SOME seniors should not be driving, glad you're ok.
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they might have to start getting vision tests, it's a start
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wow, glad to hear that all is well, take care of yourself. you can get another bike or anyone on this board will be more than happy to help you get it back up and going!
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HOLY , PK!! Didn't know this at all, I'M SO GLAD u escaped anything worse girly. U are just about the safest rider I know so it goes to show that u just can't account for the IDIOT IN THE CAGE.

I'm at my wits end as well, as far as riding goes, it's just not fun anymore.
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Old 09-12-2007, 12:32 PM   #20
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Wow... And this is what I get to look forward to for learning to ride? I was hoping for fresh air, new experiences and making new friends. I don't know that track days are much safer. Didn't I just read where someone cracked her pelvis on turn 11?

I love my kids, my husband, my home, my LIFE. But, I think like this: When it's my time to go, I hope I was doing something I enjoyed and not sitting on my watching reality tv... (Not that you do!) I have lost too many friends and family members to hide in my house. We talk to our kids on a regular basis about risk and life vs death and not giving up. Guitar Man went down 2 years ago - broke his foot and ankle in 7 places - spent 4 months re-building the bike himself and began riding as soon as the bike was back together. TONS of people told him to give it up. I'm glad he didn't.

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