I'm done riding motorcycles.

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  1. Bigfoot410

    Bigfoot410 Premium Member

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    Had to go to the bank this mornin' and was gonna ride my Harley. I decided to take my truck because I ate Scrawny Ronnies last night and still have the shits. Decided I better not have a vibrating bike under my ass.
    A guy just up from my house was in front of me on a decker and a little baby deer ran out and he hit it and went down hard. He was a mess. Thank God he had a helmet on as it was smacked up pretty good. He had deep cuts and scrapes and at least a broken shoulder from the crash.

    I called 911 and sat with him and directed traffic until the bambalance showed up. The guy is gonna live, but I started shaking and felt sick at the thought that could have been me had I taken my bike.

    I had a bad accident about 5 years ago and still hurt from it. I felt this guys pain big time. He is a riding instructor and I'm glad he was at least dressed for riding.

    I called my wife and told her it's time to sell the bikes and she agreed.

    I've been riding for 35 years on the road and many more in the dirt and the decision has me really upset, but with all the boomers aging, cell phone use and a boom in deer this year, it's just time. I can't take another hit like I had and seeing this guy laying in the middle of the road really got to me.

    I still have the shakes and don't feel good. It scared the shit outta me.

    For those that ride.....for F*** sakes, wear the appropriate protection. Your life truly does depend on it.
    That is all. Have a safe day. :)
     
  2. rxbandit

    rxbandit Senior Member

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    Yup, bikes are a no from me dawg. Don't trust other drivers/animals/acts of God anywhere near enough
     
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  3. Who

    Who I'm back. Back in the New York groove.

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    You, @TheX and @Cruznolfart can go for walks together. ;) If I was smarter, I'd join you.

    I'm glad the rider had someone to care for him right away.
     
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  4. Who

    Who I'm back. Back in the New York groove.

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    This thread comes at a bad time..... I almost always wear good gear. But I had a quick errand to run in town, so just hopped on the scoot and rode (helmet always, though).


    I'm sitting at lunch reading this. Now I have to ride home looking hard for them deer.

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    Lungo Senior Member

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    My wife has a good friend that used to ride. She would go on rides with family/friends. Her, her dad, and mom were all on a ride together and the front riders had a collision with a vehicle. Her mom was killed. She has sold her bike and has no interest in ever getting on one again.

    I think what you're feeling is quite normal and I think I would probably feel the same way.
     
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    pnuggett Senior Member

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    Gave up motorcycles years ago after a near disaster.
     
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  7. Who

    Who I'm back. Back in the New York groove.

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    Are you going to thank Scrawny Ronnie for his crappy food?
     
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    Sorry to hear that man. I used to ride on the road too and every single day I felt like I had a near miss. It's risky. It's a great experience, but the costs...
     
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    Thought of that. Seeing that guy laying in the road and dealing with my decision not to ride anymore has my gut ripped up. I threw up when I got home. Who'd of thought that McDonalds may have saved my life.
    I'm really not dealing well with not riding....it's what makes me happy and is my release from stress. This whole morning just sucks ass.
     
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    Who I'm back. Back in the New York groove.

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    It may pay off.

    The whole reason I'm on MLP...my wife saw a guy get hit and die. She texted me from the scene "Sell the bike. I love you".

    I put the Goldwing on Craigslist, and ended up trading it for my very first Gibson Les Paul.
     
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    Now that's awesome right there. :)
     
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  12. Who

    Who I'm back. Back in the New York groove.

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    Look at @TheX, he bailed out on a big part of his life, jumped on a mountain bike (bicycle) and he's happy and healthy.
     
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    Ed B Senior Member

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    Same here! That's funny. I sold my motorcycle to buy my first LP. :cheers:
     
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    I know. I thought of him today too. This guy's helmet looked like the X's helmet after his crash. We've all been very lucky.

    I used to bike ride on a huge trail system with my wife (bicycles). My doctor had a collision with another rider on the very trails I rode on and even with a bicycle helmet, went into a coma and never recovered.
     
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    Headed home. .. wish me luck.


    I'm joking about the danger...it's 3 miles, 30mph speed limit. I do the same ride in spandex. ;)
     
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    I gave up riding 2 yrs ago. I still have the bike but haven't riden since March of 2016. My back and neck just can't take it anymore.
     
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    My big crash was at exactly 30mph....stay safe. :)
     
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    Who I'm back. Back in the New York groove.

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    Made it!

    I'll admit... I did ride a bit scared. Only saw a squirrel, though.
     
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    The way people drive now it is dangerous for car drivers like me. My brother is in the Niagara Harley owners group, all the old riders look like they've been through hell. I saw a huge old Caddy drive around stopped traffic then ran a red light without so much as a tap on the brake.
     
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    TheX Voice of Reason

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    I only fall off of big rocks on mountain bikes now.
     

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