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At least once a month when I am somewhere with my gear on, somebody will tell me how they used to ride or knew somebody that did, and now they don't because they were in a bad accident and they gave it up because they almost died.

I really don't care, and I would prefer you keep it to yourself.

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That stuff keeps me on my toes.
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It's not a bad reminder.



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At least once a month when I am somewhere with my gear on, somebody will tell me how they used to ride or knew somebody that did, and now they don't because they were in a bad accident and they gave it up because they almost died.

I really don't care, and I would prefer you keep it to yourself.
It makes me think that getting a MC endorsement is too easy as is riding a machine with dangerous modifications or poor maintenance.

Ever notice how there are a lot of folks with decades and hundreds of thousands of miles under their belts that have few problems, but everyone seems to have a nephew named Billy who has ridden less than some of us ride for pizza, who got severely injured or killed?




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I try not to think about it. My wife panics every time I leave the house on my bike without her. I get the repeated "please be careful"! No matter what the reality exists. So I will say it. Be safe and ride on !

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It makes me think that getting a MC endorsement is too easy as is riding a machine with dangerous modifications or poor maintenance.

Ever notice how there are a lot of folks with decades and hundreds of thousands of miles under their belts that have few problems, but everyone seems to have a nephew named Billy who has ridden less than some of us ride for pizza, who got severely injured or killed?


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At least once a month when I am somewhere with my gear on, somebody will tell me how they used to ride or knew somebody that did, and now they don't because they were in a bad accident and they gave it up because they almost died.

I really don't care, and I would prefer you keep it to yourself.
yep, and I knew somebody who tripped over his left foot, fell down and banged his head and almost died so now he doesn't walk anywhere any more.

geeessshhhh .... I don't wanna hear those "stories" either.

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The stories themselves don't bother me...its the lecture that does.

My dad rode his whole life until I was born. He took a break and went in the custom van world that (in my mind) peaked and died in the 80s. When he went back to the bikes when i was about 15 he told me stories about all the friends he had lost on two wheels over the years. About his stint in traction because he rode after having a few beers. The time he (325lbs) and his missus (170ish) bottom out his goldwing on a stretch of road that was removed for repaving...that's a lot of bike and dad flying over the bars. But never once did it feel like a lecture. Just a cautionary tale.

But the people who feel the need to say things like "You're crazy" "you have a death wish" "I call them murder cycles" "Why would you ride don't you know that blah blah blah". That feels like a lecture and i just shut my ears to it and ride away.

I do agree it is far to easy to get your permit though. Just 2 days ago i was behind two guys on crotch rockets racing each other from light to light in t-shirts and shorts. Sure enough they were heading to the same bike shop i was, and despite doing double the speed limit, only pulled in 15 seconds before me. When they took their lids off they were barely out of puberty. Perhaps if they had a dad like mine who, from a young age, instilled a respect for the machine as well as a healthy dose of reality they wouldn't be such hot dogs. Or maybe they would. Who knows.

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Ever notice how there are a lot of folks with decades and hundreds of thousands of miles under their belts that have few problems, but everyone seems to have a nephew named Billy who has ridden less than some of us ride for pizza, who got severely injured or killed?
Aw crap in a hat...my name is Billy...AND I'm somebody's nephew. Guess it's only a matter of time.

...how the hell do you bring back pizza on your bike?

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...how the hell do you bring back pizza on your bike?
For me, that's easy .... I put it in my belly!

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