Join Date: Jul 2006
Location: Racine, Wisconsin, USA
Just take a deep breath
Just take a deep breath and try to put it out of your mind ASAP. Most importantly get on the bike and ride, ride, ride. I say this with some level of experience (as I'm sure do most of us here) with close calls. July 2, 2004 should have been my last day on earth. My wife and I, she on her bike, me on my 96 HD Ultra were tooling along a back road in N. Illinois at about 6pm, doing about 50mph. As we approached this curve to the left I saw a line of cars headed in the opposite direction then suddenly the rearmost car decided to pass the 2-3 other cars infront of him over a double yellow line at the curve. He was moving at least 80, was in my lane and there was no way either of us was going to stop in time. He was clearly going to plow head on into me and my wife. Couldn't go left because of the other cars and there was a ditch and a cornfield on the right. At the last possible moment this nimrod finally saw us and literally flew off the road into the cornfield as he cranked his steering wheel all the way left. I braked through the gravel he shot up as he first went sideways infront of me then got enough traction to shoot into the cornfield. The reason for relating this story is to tell you that I experienced probably what you are going through. A completely out of control heart rate, post-adrenaline dump shakes and I was jumpy for about a week. I briefly... very briefly... considered getting rid of the bike but didn't because I came to some realizations. 1) It wasn't my time (just like today wasn't yours) 2) I would have been just as dead if the guy had hit me if I had been in a car (as it sounds like you might have been) 3) Close encounters like this are part of the risks of riding a motorcycle though you think of them as happening to someone else. So if you enjoy your ride, why should you let someone else's poor driving affect you. I guess what I'm trying to say (and I know right now its easier said than done) is that you need to shake it off quickly before the jitters get ahold of you. BTW, I'm not a particularly religious guy, but sometimes it helps to think that there is a master plan and your part in it clearly was not completed. Anyway, get on your bike and hop on over to Wisconsin, well go for a ride and I'll show you where I almost bought it.
84 Honda CB750 (sold)
96 HD Ultra Classic (sold)
04 HD Sportster (sold)
05 HD Ultra Classic "Pounder" (sold)
05 BMW K1200LT Graphite "Liebchen"
Equito Ergo Sum
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