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post #1 of 67 Old 05-08-2012, 01:18 AM Thread Starter
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REALLY, Is There Something Wrong With ME

I know the obvious answer is YES but for real, read this please...

I'm pushing 47 years old now and still ride it like I stole it.

There is a rash of people in my area I know or acquainted with
that have gotten rid of their of their bikes for one reason or another.
Most, have had a close call or gotten plain scared.

I was at the saw bones and he knows I am a rider and knows my medical history.
And he tells me,"You know you are a statistic right"?
I'm like WTF doc, I know you guys call us riders organ donors,
don't bust my balls K.

He says NO, I mean you are 46 years old, and have survived countless dirt bike crashes,
A triple digit into a guardrail, and a triple digit wheelie unscheduled get off (My wording).
And many close calls (I added).
And yet, you still ride and your still here.
You are a statistic, there aren't many like you and still living.
Most have 1 crash and are done with riding, but not you.
What is it about you that keeps you getting back on a bike after crashing??
I would like to know.

I was like WOW
I had to stop and think. (Hurt myself doing so ) OOWW

I said, I don't really know doc, after each unscheduled get off.
And getting home from the hospital,
THE very first thing I would do is,
Jump right back on one of my other bikes, do a wheelie and blaze.
Bandages and all.
I never thought to be scared. Seriously

Now I'm no freakin superman, (Although I sometimes joke and say I am)
Nor do I claim to be some hardass.
But just what is it that makes me have no fear of getting right back on that horse??
I mean really, why do I get pissed at myself for fucking up,
and not get scared to get back on.

Do I have that "Don't give a fuck affliction"??
I'm not saying I don't have any fear or don't scare the bejeezus outta myself sometimes.
Cause I've had some REAL butt clenching moments that I've had to stop and be like,
HOLY SHIT, did that just happen??? WHEEEWWW

But yet, I'm scared to death of my wife getting hurt or worse.
Hell, even friends or acquaintances

So what is it about me that makes me to stupid to quit ???

Cause I flatly fucking refuse to give up riding,
much less riding WFO & triple digit wheelies.

Not trying to be funny here fella's, I'm serious.
Hence the title of the thread.
So how about some serious answers here MM Kay.

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Afrosheen will make you happy.
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post #2 of 67 Old 05-08-2012, 01:30 AM
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Yeah. You should stop riding man. I would. Then just part your bike out, dibs on the body work.

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I think some of us just like to face our fears. I have gone done numerous times. I first pay to get my bike fix before paying off hospital bills. Need to get back on that bike and face the fear, remind yourself why you love riding. At least that's me.

There aren't my things out there that compare to sitting on a rocket and flying 160mph.

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Don, you and I talked about this last year or so.
After I had my disc surgery(6 months after buying the 10R no less of course) I was on short term disability and couldn't drive my STi(Subaru) with race clutch) but when I got OK'd to return to work in 3 weeks I got home from doctors that day and climbed on the 10R and rode for first time in 3 months following back surgery. I was more like " IF I can work, I can ride damnit!!" rather than climb into my drag car. The bike is my rush. Always has been. It's TRUE man vs machine and I am in sole control. No cage, super Brembo ABS, AWD, Recaro seat to get it done. Just me on top of a high horse power motor, my two hands and left foot to make things happen. It is complete satisfaction knowing I am man handling this beast to do what I want it to do.
I don't care how fast of a car you have, an extremely fast bike is way more satisfying and my brain excretes some kinda mellow juice when I am done riding hard unlike anything else I have ever done. And I have tried MANY fixes but none cure the itch like my bikes. Going slow doesn't do shit for me. Gotta go all out sometimes to feel satisfied. I know what you are getting at Don.
Ride on til you can't get a leg over the damn thing anymore.

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Its the bills from fixing the bike and paying the tickets thats tempered my riding on the street. If I could afford it though...

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Don, you and I talked about this last year or so.
After I had my disc surgery(6 months after buying the 10R no less of course) I was on short term disability and couldn't drive my STi(Subaru) with race clutch) but when I got OK'd to return to work in 3 weeks I got home from doctors that day and climbed on the 10R and rode for first time in 3 months following back surgery. I was more like " IF I can work, I can ride damnit!!" rather than climb into my drag car. The bike is my rush. Always has been. It's TRUE man vs machine and I am in sole control. No cage, super Brembo ABS, AWD, Recaro seat to get it done. Just me on top of a high horse power motor, my two hands and left foot to make things happen. It is complete satisfaction knowing I am man handling this beast to do what I want it to do.
I don't care how fast of a car you have, an extremely fast bike is way more satisfying and my brain excretes some kinda mellow juice when I am done riding hard unlike anything else I have ever done. And I have tried MANY fixes but none cure the itch like my bikes. Going slow doesn't do shit for me. Gotta go all out sometimes to feel satisfied. I know what you are getting at Don.
Ride on til you can't get a leg over the damn thing anymore.

The BEST saying I think is " EVERYONE DIES BUT NOT EVERYONE LIVES"
I think you hit the nail on the head my friend.
I just don't have that quit mentality in me.
I know I'm getting old, my wrist, elbows, shoulders, knee's, & hips hurt when riding awhile. I have more scars than I care to mention.
But I will not quit. headshake
My head clears when I'm riding and I really feel alive.

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When u ride live....when u dont u might as well be dead
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I think some of us just like to face our fears. I have gone done numerous times. I first pay to get my bike fix before paying off hospital bills. Need to get back on that bike and face the fear, remind yourself why you love riding. At least that's me.

There aren't my things out there that compare to sitting on a rocket and flying 160mph.
LOL, Luckily I've had good insurance so I didn't have to worry about the medical bills.
My BAD wreck in Ft. Lauderdale in 89, my hospital bill was just over 33K.
Imaging what that would be in today's prices.

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Yeah. You should stop riding man. I would. Then just part your bike out, dibs on the body work.
IS YOU CRAZY
I'd sooner DIE first..

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Its the bills from fixing the bike and paying the tickets thats tempered my riding on the street. If I could afford it though...
I hear ya my friend, the amount of shit I've had to eat from the wife over the
money I spend fixing and mod'ing my bike.
But, I haven't had many tickets on my bike because I make sure to chill in town.
I do all my playing out in the country where the police are few and far between.
And it's much harder to even get near me, much less give me a ticket.

If your hair is short and nappy...
Afrosheen will make you happy.
Anyone remember that one from the 1970's ?

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Guy's, I've had peeps say to me,
"Oh, your having a mid life crisis".
I'm like yup, since I was 8.

If your hair is short and nappy...
Afrosheen will make you happy.
Anyone remember that one from the 1970's ?
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I don't do the stuff that you do. But I love riding. I'm amazed it's legal to ride a bike at all. I know that every time I get on the expressway, I can get run over by an 18-wheeler. But as long as I'm able to ride, I'm not giving it up. I do try to increase the odds in my favor by trying not to do anything stupid, and being focused on what's going on around me, but I know it's a risk every time I go out on the bike. That's just how it is.
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