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Old 06-02-2008, 10:37 PM   #1
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wtf am I going to die?

First post, hows it up?

Anyways, recent gas prices have me paying (even in my honda hatch) 200$ a month, just to get to and from work. I've always wanted a bike, but couldn't justify it. But I figure now with gas so high, riding a bike to and from work would pay for itself. I've decided on just getting a 250, and have a spot in a safety class in a few weeks. Now here's my question,

Am I going to die? I mean seriously, look at this site. It scares the out of me. RIP here and CRASH there. I consider myself a relatively capable, aware driver, but wow that's a lot of hurt people. I have a family and stuff now so I'm trying to weigh the "want factor" against the "not wanting to end up under a truck factor".

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Old 06-02-2008, 10:41 PM   #2
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there are more car wrecks everyday than motorcycle wrecks....if this was a generic car forum there would be 100 times more threads like that.
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the majority of motorcycle accidents are caused by the rider, not the cager. if you have a decent head on your shoulders, youll be just fine.
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Old 06-02-2008, 10:44 PM   #4
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Old 06-02-2008, 10:48 PM   #5
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LOL... Im was thinking the same thing about the getting hurt part. I bought a bike partly because of the savings in gas, but manly for the fun factor. Im pretty cautious and Im always using the invisible rule meaning "no one sees me". And so far it has worked out.
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Old 06-02-2008, 10:59 PM   #7
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Yes. You are going to die.

But, if you're careful, it probably won't be from a motorcycle crash!
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Old 06-02-2008, 11:03 PM   #9
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Yes. You are going to die.

But, if you're careful, it probably won't be from a motorcycle crash!
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plus if you have to ask yourself this. Its not time for a bike.
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Old 06-02-2008, 11:22 PM   #11
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You know I had the exact same thoughts when I started riding. It goes away after a few days when you realize that its really not that much different.
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O yeah

Welcome to the site.
sweet 1st post.
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not true. drunk drivers happen to good, safe ppl

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plus if you have to ask yourself this. Its not time for a bike.



take msf, then decide if you can handle the risk. then talk to your loved ones.
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Old 06-03-2008, 01:30 AM   #14
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Lots of good advice above my post - Gear, Gear, Gear. Make sure your insurances are paid up (Bike, Health and Life) Hug and kiss the kiddos daily. Don't worry, ride smart, pay attention. Welcome to the family!
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Old 06-03-2008, 05:56 AM   #15
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My fav was always "riding a motorcycle will kill you as surely as the sun rising tomorrow morning. your objective is to ride so carefully that you dies of old age first."
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Old 06-03-2008, 06:36 AM   #16
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Well, when I started riding many of my close friends and family warned me about the "dangers" of riding, I am fullly aware of all the hazards involved in riding a motorcycle, everye time I saddle up. The Key here like everyone else says, is to be careful and not let your ego take over, and to be mindful of you're surroundings, and most importantly have respect for the machine you are opperating and the others around you.

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Old 06-03-2008, 06:36 AM   #17
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Factor in the cost of the bike versus gas savings as well... what does the car get around town? 30, 25? 250 gets 50-60, but will take a while to break even at that rate.

I mean you might save $50-100 a month in gas versus what you pay for the bike and added insurance.
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The only way to not crash a bike is not to get on one.
You have to weigh the risk just like everything else in life. I will say that I ride b/c I love it!

I rode to and from work last week and it cost $9. 63 to go 180 miles. fuel prices are getting stupid!!
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I'd figure in wear and tear on the car as well. The miles put on your bike (which is usually much cheap to maintain) are miles not put on your car.

It's definitely a factor for me. My car has 14k and three years left on the bumper-to-bumper warranty, whichever comes first. It'll most certainly be the mileage that ends my warranty, not the time, but I'd like to stretch it as much as possible.

You keep some of the equity in the bike as well, so the entire bike payment isn't going to waste.

After all of that, you probably won't break even—unless you're usual ride is a gas guzzler and you buy a cheap, depreciated bike that gets high fuel economy—but it definitely makes riding a motorcycle cheaper that what it looks like up front.
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