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Re: Another ''fair to us MOFOs'' article

I'm going down to my Suzuki dealer and asking for the "Roethlisberger" bike. The old farts want to blame the sport bikes (rice rockets) and the young guys want to blame the old farts (slow reacting cruisers) and the meadia just wants a story.

Ride, have fun and to hell with them all.

Ride ON!

O' and be careful.
 

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Re: Another ''fair to us MOFOs'' article

An excellent well written column!

Many in my family have been badgering me to hang up my helmet for 30 years now. And when I have taken a dump, I've had to listen to the "I TOLD YOU SO's"

I'll admit the possibility of permanent serious injury or even death is on my mind. My main worry is not being able to take care of my family. Or even worse being a burden on them like my old riding buddy Lou who was put in a wheel chair last December by a stupid teen aged girl.

Hypervigilance and all the protective gear I can put on is my answer to this. I don't think I'll ever cure myself of the need to be on two wheels. So, all I can do is be careful and take all the precautions available.
 

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I'm used to people who don't ride counseling me, "Motorcycles are dangerous," as if this thought had never occurred to me.

In 32 years of riding, I've gone down four times. That doesn't mean that I won't be killed tomorrow. It just means that for any activity involving risk, risk management is essential to survival.
 

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Re: Another ''fair to us MOFOs'' article

Excellent column... Thanks MO...
 

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Thanks, M Tsai !

This past weekend I was trying to find a can of chain lube at a local Kawasaki dealership and while walking through the sales room I overhear the salesman respond to this tall guy looking at the bikes, "so you just got your license and you want a ZX14?" Theres a pause and then the guy says, "well what do you recommend?"
 

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I would have liked to have hung around to hear how that conversation ended. That would have never happened at the Kawasaki dealer here in my hometown. They would have tried to sell him something more suitable to a beginner or not sold him anything at all.
 

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Re: Another ''fair to us MOFOs'' article

Well said. All of the adventure sports entail a certain amount of risk and that, I believe is a large part of the allure. There is much to be said for mastering something that is difficult to do. While inherently safe pursuits such as learning to play an instrument, becoming a low handicap golfer, becoming proficient at a foreign language, etc. all result in a sense of accomplishment, when you add a physical risk factor into that equation, the rewards can be much more enhanced. It doesn't mean that you should throw caution to the wind. But it doesn’t mean that we all need to settle for a bland diet. A Krispy Kreme, a little pizza, some habaneros, a good scotch, in moderation, enhance living. But all can hurt you if you aren’t somewhat careful and don’t exercise some risk management. Again, well said.
 

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Re: This guy is wearing a helmet

"This guy was wearing but it didn't save him. Just cause ya wear or don't wear won't guarantee anything."

I never understand this sort of attitude. Of course there are no guarantees, nobody ever said that there's a guarantee that if you wear the right gear that you still won't get killed. It comes down to simple common sense. Would you rather get knocked off your bike by some errant driver and slide down the blacktop at 70mph while wearing full leathers, boots, gloves and helmet, or would you rather go sliding while wearing shorts, t-shirts, no helmet, no gloves and and runners?

If you get knocked off awkwardly, would you rather smack your head into the blacktop falling from a height of 6' while wearing a helmet, or not wearing a helmet? Keeping in mind that people dying from head and brain injuries even from falling over drunk outside of pubs and smacking their unprotected heads into the curb is not that uncommon.

Of course there's no guarantees. If your head gets run over by a truck, it won't matter if you're wearing a helmet or not, but for everything else short of certain death scenarios, protective gear can often mean the difference between a life-time of pain and misery, or simply getting up with a few grazes and bruises.
 

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Positive press! What a refreshing idea.

Speaking of dangers to motorcyclists, today I was riding in Phoenix, AZ, in the Biltmore area. And as I stoped for a red light, there was evil impersonated in a Lexus next to me. This executive type jerk had an accordion file wedged between the seats and a laptop computer propped on the console, and was driving and working at the same time, he was erratic and dangerous and totally disregarding everybodys safety, what an arrogant piece of crap!

And there are many like him, so be careful and dress for the ride, gear and technique might save your hide.
 

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Re: This guy is wearing a helmet

I wonder if the helmet is DOT approved. I've personally seen a lot of cruiser riders buy & wear thin-shelled head covers (notice, I did NOT say "helmets") with fake DOT stickers. Just wondering.
 

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Why do people do that?

Why do people wear unapproved helmets? Are they cooler, lighter, or more sylish than true DOT/Snell approved helmets?
 

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they do it because they have to have something per the law. so they wear *something* so jonny law won't write them a "failure to have helmet" ticket. And where do you find such novelty helmets and fake DOT stickers sitting on the shelf/counter? Hardley Ableson (some) and custom cruiser dealers in mandatory helmet law states. Because if you ride a pig, or a chopper you're too cool to have to obey the law. don't you know?
 

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if helmets save lives...

and they do, take for a moment that I was playing kickball with some 7yr olds on a grass playing field, stumbled and did a face-first slide. Stood up and I have a MASSIVe hematoma on my leg. The doc was worried about compartment syndrome. I about lost my leg playing an elementary school game of all things. Do I here the nattering nabobs of nannism waging their finger at me for playing kickball?
 
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