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Hi guys, I am loving riding my bike and am considering switching to a touring bike to take long trips. Then I stumbled onto another Vic forum that had a section dedicated to fallen Vic owners. One post talked about two visions crashing and killing all four poeple on them. I took the abate class etc, but how many riders go their career without crashing or getting injured? Is the saying two kind of bikers those that have gone down and those that are going to go down true?

Thanks just 500 miles into my new hobby
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I don't mean to sound like an ass but I say you better quit riding right now.
I don't know the number but I'm pretty sure that out of 6 billion people on this earth there a few thousands die everyday in thousand different way (bike crash being one of them) and I'm telling you right now I'm not going to stop riding my victory because four people died or living my life because how somebody died.
People die everyday in a car crash. I'm not gonna stop driving.
People drown everyday. I'm not gonna stop swimming.
People get hit while crossing the street everyday. Gues what? I'm not gonna stop crossing the street when I have to.
I'm sure you got the point. :D
 

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There are two kinds of bikers
1. those who have went down
2.those who will go down
What you have to think about is how to lessen the impact and stay out of potential situations.All safety equipment will help too.
 

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Seriously if you ride constantly worried that you are going to crash you most likely will. The time you waste worrying could be spent being aware of your surroundings.

There are a few simple rules that may help keep you from becoming a statistic:
Don't ride fast on a road you don't know.
Don't drink and ride.
Don't over estimate your abilities. Don't try to keep up with other riders.
Don't get anywhere in traffic that you can't get out of. Always have an out.
Do watch other drivers. Texting= not paying attention. Glance in the mirror= they are about to change lanes without notice.

There are a lot more but they all lead to the same thing - be careful!
 

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Seriously if you ride constantly worried that you are going to crash you most likely will. The time you waste worrying could be spent being aware of your surroundings.
I couldn't agree more. Listen, there are a 1,000 things people could say on this topic. I think a person can figure out pretty quick if they like to ride or not. I took it up 4 yrs ago and haven't looked back since. I love getting out on the open road. I would rather do that then ride around in the city, but riding in traffic makes you a better rider. Like ammo said, you need to be aware of your surroundings. I always ride defensively and assume that a person will pull out in front of me. It helps me to stay alert and prepared in case someone does. It works for me.

They say that the first 6 months from when you start riding is when you have the highest percentage of having something happen. I tipped my bike on my first ride. A bonehead move but I braked too soon before straightening up my bike to back into a parking spot. That was probably within a month after taking the safety class.

For your sake, and those that share the road with you, don't keep riding if you are going to constantly worry.

Good luck.
 

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As pointed out you can walk down the street and get killed by a driver that jumps the curve. They say sooner or later you are going to go down. Well, going down doesn't always equate to severe injury. I know people that have gone down and died and I know others that have gone down what appeared bad and only has scrapes and bruises.

Be diligent while riding but don't be scared.
 

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There are two kinds of bikers
1. those who have went down
2.those who will go down
What you have to think about is how to lessen the impact and stay out of potential situations.All safety equipment will help too.
I guess that is true. I mean I have been driving a car for a very long time and have had three accidents. I guess every biker falls at some point?
 

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Motorcycles by their very nature attract people who are more willing to take risks. A lot of those are also immature and "invincible" which doubles if not triples the risk. Then you consider that you also have less protection because you are not surrounded by a metal cage most of the time safely secured by a seat belt.

Most of the stats I've seen seem to indicate young riders on crotch rockets represent a majority of the deaths but there have been plenty of older folks on cruisers just out for a ride getting killed too.

You are more likely to get injured or killed if you are involved in an accident on a bike than in a car period. But for me the benefits of riding a bike far out weigh the risks.

You can also reduce your risk but wearing the proper safety gear and taking a safety course. But the bottom line is you are taking a greater risk riding a bike. Your call if you feel that risk is worth it ;)
 

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well said

I get what everyone is saying and appreciate it. At first I was scared to be exposed and in the wind but now that is what I love about it. It is a great stress reducer. I am going to trade up to a cross roads and take some long trips. I am very focused when riding and feel that my driving mitigates lot of the risk but there is some that remains and that is just the reality of life.
Thanks. Great people on this forum
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I get what everyone is saying and appreciate it. At first I was scared to be exposed and in the wind but now that is what I love about it. It is a great stress reducer. I am going to trade up to a cross roads and take some long trips. I am very focused when riding and feel that my driving mitigates lot of the risk but there is some that remains and that is just the reality of life.
Thanks. Great people on this forum
john

I would stay on the KIngpin until you fell great on it.Then go to the bigger bike.What I am saying is get used to this one THEN go up.
It will be easier to pick this one up:)
If only I could tell all the stories;)
 

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Goat you are completely on point with the attraction and the crotch rocket statements; I couldn't agree more on both points.

Johnah5 the kudos are great but people helping people is what this forum I all about. By the way the XR is a great choice! Maybe I'm a little biased though...
 

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Friend you sound as though you are still a little tense/uncertain on your ride. If this continues riding may not be safe for you. On the flip side being comfortable but wary is probably where you are headed and all is good.
I've been riding over 45 years and have been down a couple of times. I still would rather ride than do anything else. At my age I really do mean anything.
 
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