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Old 09-21-2009, 01:17 PM   #11
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I think wearing the gear is a great idea. I just don't think it's anyone else's business. Not yours. Not the Govt's. Not Trent's. Not anybody's. These "studies"are always just excuses to interfere in your life.
I think it's a good idea too, but an unskilled moron is 100 times more likely to get killed or injured no matter what they are wearing. The really skilled and careful will rarely need their gear. I don't worry about it all that much. Government 'do gooders' scare me 100 times more than any car or 18 wheeler. I can avoid the vehicles. I don't think we can avoid the legislative a$$wipes.
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Old 09-21-2009, 01:26 PM   #12
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I think it's a good idea too, but an unskilled moron is 100 times more likely to get killed or injured no matter what they are wearing. The really skilled and careful will rarely need their gear. I don't worry about it all that much. Government 'do gooders' scare me 100 times more than any car or 18 wheeler. I can avoid the vehicles. I don't think we can avoid the legislative a$$wipes.
There just ain't no end to doin' good.
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Old 09-21-2009, 02:22 PM   #13
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As one who's been nailed from behind by a speeding suv, and paid the price, there are levels of safety you can achieve on a bike, but for the most part luck plays a big role.

I should have been dead or maimed long before it happened, from my obsession with 2 wheels and a motor. It just took a little longer to catch up with me.

You can wear a suit of inflateable armor, with proximinty devices and car seeking radar, but when you're number's up. That's it.

Cars hurt.
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Old 09-21-2009, 04:53 PM   #14
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I look at it this way, if you are really worried about geting hurt, take up golf. Don't ride a motorcycle.
GOLF? Jeebus Chrysler man, why not suggest taking up Russian Roulette? I mean - there are dudes out there swingin' around CLUBS, and have you ever had to dodge one of those feckin' BALLS as some divothead sliced the piss out of it just as you were ridin' through the tee-box?
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Old 09-24-2009, 10:16 AM   #15
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U know, when its your time to go that is it. On the other hand their are some basic things u can do that will help u out in a event of a minor get off.

I see a lot of flip flop wearing down here in FLA. I seen girls in skimpy bikinis running around on 600's before. I just cringe when i think about what could happen if they had a get off.

I guess because i grew up riding dirt bikes. I wrecked so much in my formative years that i have a healthy respect for what can happen if u don't have proper gear. Hell i ran into car's,tree's, even had a head on with another rider. All that before i was 10

Each his own i guess.
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Old 09-24-2009, 10:25 AM   #16
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I seen girls in skimpy bikinis running around on 600's before. I just cringe when i think about what could happen if they had a get off.
Where? When? Did they look like they were worth getting off?
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Where? When? Did they look like they were worth getting off?
I think it's time for you to get married again Ken!
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Old 09-28-2009, 08:58 PM   #18
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You know, as an Australian, this is a very interesting debate to observe.

In Australia, we have mandatory safety equipment, that is you have to wear a helmet. Further, we have limits on the power to weight ratio allowed in the early years of riding.

Seriously, I assure you we have not fallen apart and gone communist over it, it's just common sense. Like it or not, decisions regarding safety have an impact in terms of insurance premiums, hospital waiting times, emergency response time, all sorts of things. To me the need to wear at least a helmet sounds like a good compromise between saftey nuts and freedom nuts; wearing an open face helmet surely isn't going to suddenly ruin your ability to enjoy a motorcycle is it?
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Old 09-29-2009, 04:23 AM   #19
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"Seriously, I assure you we have not fallen apart and gone communist over it, it's just common sense."

Seriously, yes you have gone communist and a bit stupid as well. When the government of any country starts to make laws 'for your own good', then it has gone the way of the nanny state. I don't need anyone to tell me what is good for me. If you do, then stay in Australia where you can be ruled by many more 'common sense' laws.
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You know, as an Australian, this is a very interesting debate to observe.

In Australia, we have mandatory safety equipment, that is you have to wear a helmet. Further, we have limits on the power to weight ratio allowed in the early years of riding.

Seriously, I assure you we have not fallen apart and gone communist over it, it's just common sense. Like it or not, decisions regarding safety have an impact in terms of insurance premiums, hospital waiting times, emergency response time, all sorts of things. To me the need to wear at least a helmet sounds like a good compromise between saftey nuts and freedom nuts; wearing an open face helmet surely isn't going to suddenly ruin your ability to enjoy a motorcycle is it?
Motorcycles are dangerous. Period. 'Common sense' safety would be to remove them from the market...kind of like how Australia did with firearms.
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