Originally Posted by RaffyK
...to hang up the gloves and helmets. It was fun while it lasted. I figure about 23 years of on rode motorbiking.
Started at the age of 11 with a moped (the ones with the motor directly above the front wheel), to many different motorcycles such as: Honda, Kawasaki, Suzuki, Bultaco, Harley, BMW and Ducatis.
Last Sunday June 3rd, I had another get off. Second one in one month. The second get off resulted in broken bones and several deep bruises and lost confidence.
I have made my decision and I hope you all understand. I just don't want to put my wife Patty, through another phone call that I have been in an accident and she needs to come get me from a hospital. I also don't want to rattle my kids again. They were rattled both times.
I'm not leaving the LT community. I have made too many friends to do that. I'll see most of you at CCR.
In the mean time, ride safe and wear your gear.
PS: I am selling my riding gear in Classifieds. Proceeds go to the Sutter Memorial Hospital's Cancer Center in honor of Dell.
I also had a get-off last Sunday resulting in a broken toe, three dislocated toes, swollen ankle, shoulder separation (acl), chest wall contusion and deep bruises with lost confidence. I was wearing all the gear.
As many of you know, I had a bad accident about three years ago too. And just last year, another twisted ankle on my GS.
I have a responsibility to my business and family and will also be hanging up the gloves and helmets.
Unlike Raffy, I have only been riding since the summer of '01 and only owned BMW's. Oh I can go back many years and remember riding mini-bikes, Honda's and some other brands in the late sixties and early seventies, but by no means a serious rider. Not until I met many of you by the summer of '02. Then I found out what LD riding was and the passion of riding alone and together.
I also have no reason to leave this cummunity as I have met too many friends here and enjoy going to dinner on Wednesday evenings. I mean, "You gotta eat", right?
Thanks to Raffy for starting this thread. I know it took me several weeks last time. Not really a great subject but I know there is life after riding.
I told Raffy that I'll probably get back into bicycling again. I kind of stopped exercising when I started riding motorcycles in '01. I stopped playing golf then too. Maybe I'll dust the old clubs off and see if I have any old balls lying around.