Yet another one who waits 2 seconds at every 4 way stop. You're either a pu$$ie or a liar. Of course it's worse to drive or ride drunk than it is to speed. That's why drunks go to jail, and speeders get 100 dollar tickets. You think every law is correct and should be obeyed? Let's talk about EPA regulations of straight pipes. Keep your story straight there jacko.
Don't forget that since he's come around now and realizes the stupidity of motorcycles he's also influencing public opinion by sh!tting out this crap that makes non-riders think we're stupid and he's smart. Self-aggrandizement at our expenses.
Well, as I write this from a hotel in Saudia Arabia (travel advisory anyone) we all have to take risks. The therapetic value of riding my bike far outweighs the risks, untold please, with 4 of our 6 family members riders, riding together is one of the greatest things we can do. We also ski, travel overseas to "dangerous" places and love each other and life.
I also respect the choice of others, but if we ran our lives based on statistics, we would not get out of bed in the morning. Or at least very carefully.
Year before last, on my way up Hwy 1 to Laguna, I was stopped by a cop for riding past about 50 stopped cars waiting at a one-way-at-a-time stretch. Of course with my helmet on he couldn't tell how old I was; so he said, "How long have you been riding like that!?"
I said, "Fifty-two years."
That took him back a little, but after a short pause he said, "Well when are you gonna grow up!?"
I said, "That isn't in my plan."
He gave up with the lecture stuff, but he made me wait until all 50 cars went by.
It took me maybe ten minutes to repass them all - it was good fun.
This year I started racing at WSMC. Too old for MX now.
Truly a sad commentary. I mean, the guy does have some other options. It reminded me of a recent quote (can't recall who said it): Five days a week I treat my body like a temple. Two days a week I treat it like an amusement park.
Now, at age 57 I ride my bike ('04 Vulcan Nomad) to work at least three days a week and weekends are reserved for long rides. Since I live in West Central FL, I do this 12 months out of the year. I'll continue to do this until I get too old and decrepit to ride, or I bite the big one.
to quote my hero All Pacino "you get killed walkin' your doggy!" I think it was from heat not sure though. as far as the risk involved in motorcycling, it is minor compared to other worries like heart desiese which still kills more americans than any other cause. of course I drive way too fast to worry about cholesterol.
Was it Allan Girdler who wrote a great edit piece on how he had no patience or use for people who "used to ride motorcycles?" I bet JB knows.
Whenever I run across one of these folks, I'm usually polite but looking at my watch, pointedly. I've lost count of the guys who tell me they "rode everywhere until the kids were born." These types usually follow it up with some story of a drunken wheelie through the front yard with the pregger wifey looking on. It's at this point I agree: "motorcycles are dangerous, 'scuse me, gotta get rolling."
Man, those types are even worse than the nurses with the endless ER "abrasion lavage" stories.