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Old 04-18-2005, 10:00 AM   #41
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Hey! I'm an equal opportunity elitist snob. I'll make fun of anyone's stupidity regardless of race, creed, color, national origin, sex, age or sexual orientation.



But really. Are you saying that not wearing a helmet is stupider than riding a Gixxer up a skateboard ramp and end up having it fall on you?
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Old 04-18-2005, 10:40 AM   #42
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...If he hadn't let off the throttle he wouldn't have pitched down, but then again high school physics probably was beyond this guy...



Yep, the first principle of dirtbike jumping.



Of course even if he had "stuck" the landing I dunno how much good it would've done. a 400lb bike w/ 4 inches of suspension travel coming nearly straight down from 40 feet in the air makes for a hard landing.
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Old 04-18-2005, 11:10 AM   #43
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Try superbike.co.uk and look at their video downloads.
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Old 04-18-2005, 11:31 AM   #44
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This is in response to those that commented on my first post, but most specifically "christian_gates." Forget all that penny, nickel, right to chose whether you wear a helmet crap. Here's what happens in the real world. Please consider this scenario and ask yourself if it's worth it:



Forget the complicated process that got the bill on the gov's desk. It was his signing it that repealed the helmet law, in a state that has a mandantory seat belt law yet! It was pure politics. Jeb doesn't give a damn about the safety of motorcyclists. He gave into the threat of the largest anti helmet law lobbyists in th country (ABATE), period. ABATE will say it does not raise mortality rates, yet every state that has repealed the helmet law has seen at least a 30% rise in the death rate.



It DOES affect your insurance. One of the shocking facts has to do with motorcyclists that survive a head injury and are admitted to the hospital. I am an Intensive Care nurse and see more of this than I care to mention, so please consider this: The hospital bill for those that did not wear a helmet is over a hundred times higher than those who wore one. Did I also mention veggie status versus viable?



I believe in the helmet law becasue history shows the human race is basically stupid and has a history of making stupid decisions. In this case, the consequences most directly affect the immediate family, usually an young wife, mother, and child or the parents of a young man that was fearless and believed it couldn't happen to him.



Picture this: A veggie on a vent (breathing machine) and five or six IV drips to control blood pressure, heart rate, intercranial pressure, kidney function, neurological status, and liver function. There will be a primary care doctor (who typically knows nothing about ICU status patients but consults five or six specialists in an attempt to keep this veggie alive as long as they can charge the patient or until the family decides to pull the plug. Of this group of doctor's on consult, if the patient is lucky (or unlucky from my point of view), two of the docs on consult will have an inkling of what to do. If the patient is lucky (or unlucky if you give a damn about the quality of life), the patient will have a good ICU nurse that will, for the most part, keep the patient alive inspite of a lot of completely idiotic and expensive orders ordered by MDs that, in a lot of cases, haven't a clue as to the best plan of care. Typically, they will never communicate with each other to discuss the possibility of really fixing the patient (if possible) or talking to the family with an accurate prognosis and what is truly best for the patient and family.



Not even mentioning the charges for the meds, all of the doctors on consult, etc. the daily ICU room bill will be $1500-2500 per day. That will easily double or triple on daily basis. The odds are the patient will die or require long term care ala Terri Shiavo for years. You can't begin to picture the pain of the family and the financial obligation they must bear because a nice, but fearless, irresponsible young man made one tragic mistake. I haven't even mentioned the consequences and treatment involved if this patient is capable of feeling pain. I only addressed a head trauma. I didn't even begin to describe other common complications such as bone fractures, spinal injuries, major bleeding, complications of internal organ damage, massive blood replacement, bowel dysfunction, liver and kidney failure, heart and respiratory failure, the incredible risk for massive infections leading to septic shock, ARDS, SIRS, and MODS.



So you get on your high horse about civilian rights not to wear a helmet. If you are lucky, when you crash hard, you will die instantly and painlessly. Yes, your loved ones will grieve, but it will be a modi***** amount of suffering compared to your surviving your own idiocy. Just wear your helmet and stop whining about your rights. You ain't go no idea what's involved unless you've been there. If motorcyclists had the intelligence to make the right decisions and ride as safe as possible, I never would have needed to write this. Wake up you helmetless morons--it can happen to you and it does every freakin' day. Even if you don't give a damn about yourself, be a whole lot less selfish and consider those that care about you and the consequences one careless moment may inflict upon them.
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Old 04-18-2005, 12:33 PM   #45
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Addendum to the above article: The word at the end of my article, "modi****," was bleeped out by the illustrious dirty word watcher. It was a legitimate, non nasty word, but for the sake of understanding, change it to "miniscule." They are almost identical.
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Old 04-18-2005, 12:59 PM   #46
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I live on the east coast where everything that is worth 2 cents costs a nickel!
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Old 04-18-2005, 03:07 PM   #47
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The point is that while YOU believe (and so do I) that riding with a helmet is the only way to go, somebody else believes that NOT RIDING AT ALL is the only way to go. Will you be so quick to agree to safety legislation when somebody starts screaming about the 2-wheeled death machines, asking that the government "do something about them"? If you give in to the notion of REQUIRED helmets, don't be surprised when the next band of safety nazis wants to REQUIRE 4-wheeled transportation and eliminate your right to ride altogether.





I won't ride to the end of my street without a helmet, but I don't care whether my neighbor agrees with that philosophy or not.
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Old 04-19-2005, 10:40 AM   #48
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Everyone knows he's windy.
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Old 04-19-2005, 09:08 PM   #49
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You tell 'em seru. Us curmudgons got rights, too. And, by the way, what's worse - a stick up your A$$, or saw dust for brains?
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Old 04-20-2005, 06:43 AM   #50
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you're a SQUID, right?



now how did i know that?
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