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For the 100th time someone asked me if I was going to ride again (a person at the doc's office this time)..

I mean, ok, you crash (me in this case) break some bones and stuff but, ride again?

I just find it really weird because the thought of not riding again never even crossed my mind, they catch me like a deer in the headlights every time the Q is asked.

Matter of fact, I'm cleaning up all my gear in anticipation of taking my first test ride in a predicted 8 more weeks

cheez, I'm all shakey just thinking about it, driving a cage is driving me crazy! Besides, my K1200S is just sittin there being eye candy, I don't think thats what it was made for
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post #2 of 13 Old Jan 16th, 2010, 2:19 pm
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I completely understand...I always look back at the person and ask them if they've ever bumped into anything with their car.....

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I had more than a few people ask me in rehab, after a skydiving accident if I would ever jump again and I felt the same way. Never crossed my mind to not jump again! Jumping again made a nice goal to work towards..... Took two years, but much better then not.

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Re: crash and ride again

Same feeling with me when I went down on the LT in ice.

Took a little while to get back to where I was and I am a bit paranoid when temps get around 32, but, ride again.........OF COURSE!

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It's kind of like someone breaking a leg... maybe tripping over something, or slipping on and icy sidewalk, then having people ask them if they ever planned on walking again. After all, if would be safer to just sit in a nice comfortable chair in the living room....walking is dangerous, I mean crossing an intersection could mean someone could run over you.

Life is what you make of it....sit and be comfortable, or....LIVE!!!..... it is your choice, and life is what you make of it. I have had more injuries from construction work than I ever have from skydiving, motorcyclying, playing sports, or whatever, but nobody ever asked me if I planned on working again.


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I ask..
"Well, since we are on a personal basis... let me ask... Have you ever had a disappointing evening with your wife/husband/girlfriend/boyfriend? And you still try again?"
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When I woke up from surgery after my 2005 accident, a nurse was watching me. She didn't ask me how I felt or anything else. She just said, "you're gonna ride again, aren't you"? I said, "yes". When I got hit in 2008, I told my wife (while I was in the ER) to "sell the bike". The reason was because of the extent of my injuries. I'm (still) currently paralyzed from the mid-chest down. Hard to ride a bike in my current condition. I still look at bike sites, magazines, etc. I've been looking at parts catalogs planning on building a custom bike based on Harley-type engines. I've had close calls on my H-D's, but I got hit on the Euro bikes: 1) 1980 on my '77 Triumph, 2) 2005 on my '02 LTC, and 3) 2008 on my '07 RT. When I'm physically able to ride again I need to be able to justify spending the money on a bike, but I can dream. While it sucks getting hurt, I'd rather be doing something I love than something I hate( like work). I say ride as long as it's what thrills ya!!!

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I have had four bad motorcycle accidents, three of them LT totaling bad. The third one should have totaled the bike, but the insurance company had them repair it, $16,000 worth.

I never thought twice about getting another bike. The last one got my wife so upset though that she really does not want me to have another one, but I still want one. I would probably be riding now except that being retired does not leave enough "fun" money to get one right now.

I don't want to achieve immortality through my work...I want to achieve it through not dying.

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I know a lady that fell of a bike standing still. she stopped and leaned on a rock. She fell over and was trapped under the bike and the others went back. She broke her shoulder. It was like 2 years ago. She is terrfied to get back on a bike, even as a passenger.
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BTDT. Had a question till the first 100 ft on a bike. Wife never questioned, and knew she would hop up behind. Daughter was upset that I got a new one, but I reminded her - it was not about me riding, that SUV sent me to the ER so I could get my heart fixed. First thing was to heal well. Done. Oh, yeah - ATGATT saved my skin (and head).

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Some amazing stories but tazz, thats really amazing, I'm sorry to hear about that last crash.

I used to build all the cars I'd drive. Fun as they were to drive, I liked building them even better. I like close tolerance work as well.

Maybe you should look into building things for others, like, hopped up engines!

You might find it is just about as gratifying as riding.

I'm finding in this socal rain lately that I'm having little "drawbacks" driving a cage, lets say, ie, being more cautious than usual or at least feeling that way. My crash was on a wet oily spot so who knows. Won't stop me from riding but maybe I'll get smarter at least, I always luved riding fast in the rain.

this crap hurts, I'm not sure I'll be able to handle a big 2up bike again so we'll have to wait and see if my body pulls itself back together for a few more months. I will definitely adjust my riding style in the rain
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For the 100th time someone asked me if I was going to ride again (a person at the doc's office this time)..

I mean, ok, you crash (me in this case) break some bones and stuff but, ride again?

I just find it really weird because the thought of not riding again never even crossed my mind, they catch me like a deer in the headlights every time the Q is asked.

Matter of fact, I'm cleaning up all my gear in anticipation of taking my first test ride in a predicted 8 more weeks

cheez, I'm all shakey just thinking about it, driving a cage is driving me crazy! Besides, my K1200S is just sittin there being eye candy, I don't think thats what it was made for
Not crazy at all to get back in the saddle. I have had two get-offs, and never once thought of giving it up! ATGATT saved my arse! Luckily, no broken bones, except I did have a severe "bone bruise", because my right arm bent to the "almost breaking" point. Extreme pain; Dr. told me those hurt worse than if it had just been a clean break...

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I had more than a few people ask me in rehab, after a skydiving accident if I would ever jump again and I felt the same way. Never crossed my mind to not jump again! Jumping again made a nice goal to work towards..... Took two years, but much better then not.
You Dan, on the other hand, are crazy!

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Re: crash and ride again

I really look forward to trying out my brand new knee after totalling the original one in a wreck last May. Sometimes, we just want to find the right kind of safety gear to use when we do go down, (Should have been wearing my Aerostitch Roadcrafter instead of a light jacket and jeans). And sometimes, we need to re-examine our techniques for riding safely.

Sometimes its easier to embrace the memories of all the many great things that you've experienced and saw to encourage you to ride again. I have been riding for 45 years, and for me, I will continue to ride as long as I can throw a leg over the saddle. I wish that my wife wasn't hurt so badly in the same wreck. I may not ever be able to remove the Fear that she now has in her mind.

People will think that having a wreck is God's revenge for enjoying a motorcycle. God rides His own bike--I can hear Him revving His engine when I hear the thunder roll. And He rolls through places that we can only imagine about.
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