Back in the old days (I've got almost 20 years on you) when two guys had a misunderstanding they would take it out back and try to knock the sh*t out of each other, that would usually end with both coming back in having a beer and saying things like, damn you're a lot tougher and a better fighter than I thought you were and this was often the start of a good friendship.
I for one am glad that we don't have to do that anymore.
Now that you and I have had our "little scuffle" lets get past this and on to the good stuff.
Crashing and totaling bikes is not the only thing we have in common, our Dutch heritage and our passion for safety, is probably just the tip of the proverbial iceberg.
I never did the MSF stuff but have always been involved in things like the safety committee at work and I did several years as a volunteer safe boating course instructor, which paid of for me as I met my wife through one of the classes I taught.
That's not to say I've always done things right, my list of "stupid things I've done" is as long as.......well just take my word for it, it's long.
It was probably insensitive of me to give you static for not wearing "the gear", "kinda like the pot calling the kettle black" (one of those things my mother used to say).
I would have done better in my crash if I had worn my gloves but it was too much of a hassle to take them of and on everytime I wanted to use the camera, so like you, I knew better, did it anyway and paid the price.
All the education we've got doesn't do us any good if we don't use it.
Kinda like getting a college degree and working at the carwash because it's an easy job.
Doing the right thing is usually not the easiest.
I always cringe when I hear things like:
I didn't wear my helmet because I was only going to the store and back.
Anyway enough of that, I can see by those pictures (you're right they're not pretty) that you've got enough problems and you're here because you love motorcycles, particularly the LT and the people that are attracted to it.
Well you've come to the right place,
I hope we'll meet somewhere, someday,
next time I'm in Texas I'll give you a shout, the first beverage is on me.