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Old 05-14-2006, 07:16 PM   #101
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This dude simply wasn't passionate about riding. So he stopped! Not that uncommon with activities dangerous or not. What is disturbingly pathetic though, is that he doesn't appear to have much passion for living in general. Rest in Peace, bro!
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Old 05-14-2006, 08:14 PM   #102
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And as he's dying in his warm bed years later he tells his story about giving up the great joy in his life to the doctor.

The doctor replies,"Why didn't you just take some vitamin E for your heart and keep riding?"
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Old 05-15-2006, 03:52 AM   #103
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<blockquote>"No the thrill is gone. After 39 years I have retired from motorcycling to a 300HP air condition sports car."</blockquote>



so if the thrill is gone, why are you still trolling motorcycle sites? and subscription ones at that..
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Old 05-15-2006, 05:13 AM   #104
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Well said.
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Old 05-15-2006, 05:45 AM   #105
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Due to my overwhelming love of life I've decided to cement myself into a room, and live, live live!
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What kind of man can abandon his family like that?
Seriously, who is he, I'd like lessons.
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Old 05-15-2006, 05:56 AM   #106
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Wow, heavy musings to read on Monday morning. My take on this: In 1998, my little brother was killed on his BMW R1100 R-T. My Dad, who was dying of cancer at the time, rode up to the scene with me on his Harley. He continued to ride for a couple of more months before getting too sick. He eventually died that October.



We have always been a riding family. I still ride as much as I can. Got a trip planned to take a couple of buddies up to Deal's Gap next weekend. Yes, I dread dying on my motorcycle. It's just that I dread living without riding a tad more!

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Old 05-15-2006, 06:43 AM   #107
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hey, agree with the comments, not the language. Especially coming from someone with jesus is coming as part of their email. maybe if you clean up your language a little, you might clean up the images of us bikers some in the process. A couple of years ago, there was'nt such an effort to type profanity on this board. I know, i thought cussing was cool when i was 12, but then I grew up. If you want people to take you comments seriously, make them sound like a reasoned argument instead of an adolescent rant. by the way, i agree with the substance of what you said completely. if others want to live in a box, or barricade themselves in their apartments, good for them. Makes hotels cheaper at all the resorts.
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Old 05-15-2006, 06:55 AM   #108
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well said. I completely agree.
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Old 05-15-2006, 07:16 AM   #109
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"A few years back, just before dark on a summer's eve, a young man near here laid his motorcycle down to avoid a deer that had stepped onto the road..."



"lay 'er down" lol At last the identity of The Highwayman is revealed!!!



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Old 05-15-2006, 07:31 AM   #110
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I too am a long term motorcycle rider, and as an ER nurse, I too have questioned whether or not it is worth it to still ride. Although Canadian, I have lived in South Texas for over 12 years and the weather sucks in the summer. In 2002 my wife announced after a summer trip where she threatened to have me drop her off at a bus depot so she could take an "air-conditioned" bus back home that she was done riding and I could do what ever I want on a bike but she won't be joining me (That previous Feb. we got stuck in a cold front with freezing temps and rain as well, that's Texas!).



I had had a number of sports cars in my youth so I decided, like you that it was a viable option to a motorcycle and bought a Honda S-2000 (reviews stated it was like a motorcycle on 4 wheels). I had, and continue to enjoy the car and my wife rides with me; however, as you may find out, it is no substitute for a motorcycle.



Within a year I was riding again, this time I chose a BRP dual sport thumper. With it I can go either on or off road (chase my grandsons on a mini dirt bike) and in traffic it is excellent. With the XR650 you sit very high and can actually see inside the cab of a SUV, you have great maneuverability, and although it doesn't have the panache of my old Triumph, it still gives me much of what I am looking for in riding and is, I believe a great compromise to a regular street bike. At my age, motocross is out of the question, when I first got the BRP, I geared it down and threw on a set of knobbies and had a lot of fun with it in the dirt, however, after a couple of wipeouts that as a youth I would have recovered from in hours, it took me weeks to recover from and a ended up with a messed up knee, I have modified the bike for more street orientation and now use it to commute.



Go out and try a dual sport, or if you want to stick to the street, better yet, a Supermoto. I think you'll find the sports car will be gathering dust in the garage!!







"Motorcyclists know why dogs hang their heads out of the windows!!"



ps. My grandson and I recently did a commercial for motorcycle safety to be aired on 6 stations in the area. Proper gear and safe operating principles go a long way to removing some of the pitfalls of riding. See http://www.geocities.com/rgv_zazen/TRACMotorcycle.wmv



Keep the shiny side up!
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