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Old 07-16-2007, 02:15 PM
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After 26 years of riding I sold my last bike on Saturday. I listed it last Tuesday, I picked the guy up Saturday morning at the airport and 3 hours later after paying me cash and transfering the title he was riding home to Florida. Just had too many close calls. Most of the time its cagers pulling out who just don't take the time to look for a person on a bike. The last straw came two weeks ago, riding home from work, doing the speed limit of 45. A woman pulls out from a side street and never even turned her head to look. If I was in my truck she would be dead. I hit the bracks (thank god for ABS) and stopped about 2 feet from her front fender. My heart can't take too many more episodes like that. It was fun while it lasted.

Now I need a new name
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"A woman pulls out from a side street and never even turned her head to look."

Probably waay too busy talking on the phone to look.
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Old 07-16-2007, 02:28 PM
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Try LIVE fjr....... What you mentioned is the very reason I don't get back on motorcycles after being off for 20 years...... People with their head up their azz...... I'll stick to the liquid highways..... Thank you very much.......
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I just completed a motorcycle safety course over the weekend. The last comment, on the last day, by the instructor was "Be particularly wary of mini-vans."

Now to your name - "NORIDENOMO"
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Old 07-16-2007, 02:58 PM
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For the 1st time is 16 years the wife is sleeping a little bit better. I must admit after owning Honda's, BMW, Motto Guzzo and Suzuki the Yamaha FJR 1300 was dam near perfection for a sport touring bike. The bike did get a little warm at times, but compared to a HD it was like sitting on an ice cube.
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I just completed a motorcycle safety course over the weekend. The last comment, on the last day, by the instructor was "Be particularly wary of mini-vans."

Now to your name - "NORIDENOMO"
And ride very DEFENSIVELY

Your are now the odd man out
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When I rode, I found little old guys driving Pontiac Bonnevilles and wearing fedoras were extremely dangerous. Especially when they had to look between the dashboard and the rim of the steering wheel to see the road.
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It does get ya thinking don't it? A friend of mine went down hard in the mountains about 4 weeks ago. Single bike crash. He's still in the hospital. The husband and son of a lady I work with both had to be airlifted last week. Car turned in front of them. Spent part of today setting up her computer so she could work at home while she takes care of them.

Ride like you are invisible. Because to many, you are.

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I remember "back in the day" on a curvy nice country ride on a Sunday morning......rounded a curve just after letting it "eat a little"......15 or so cows crossing the road......scared the hell out of me.
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Old 07-16-2007, 05:16 PM
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When I was younger ~10 yrs old, I used to ride on the back of my dad's bike. I always used say that I wanted to get a bike when I got older...I got myself licensed 5 years ago, but never bought a bike. Everytime I get the itch to buy one, I open the newspaper and the first article that gets my attention is in regards to a death in a motorcycle accident. I think it is a sign, not to do it.
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Old 07-16-2007, 05:32 PM
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My orthopedic surgeon who did my first knee ops had a booklet "Buy Your Son a Motorcycle for his Last Birthday"...I didnt listen, though. Went through a bunch more bikes and the other knee after that one...
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well known guy here in town and owner of a nice resturant was killed last week on a bike.
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Old 07-16-2007, 06:33 PM
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There are just too many cars on the roads nowadays to ride a bike safely,well around here anyway.
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Old 07-16-2007, 06:43 PM
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A big part of the problem is cell phones. I would like to see cars equipped with a device that blocks cell reception when the engine is running.
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Without a doubt riding a bike is more dangerous than a car. One interesting note I learned in the class was that 50% of motorcycle accidents involved impaired riders...I have vowed not to drink - at least until I'm through riding for the day

In spite of the risk, I absolutely love riding. If i were a dog, I'd be the one with his head out the window of the truck....
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Gringo - 7/16/2007 6:43 PM

A big part of the problem is cell phones. I would like to see cars equipped with a device that blocks cell reception when the engine is running.







That would help ...WHO???? I ride and ride my 2500 series truck and can smoke ,talk on the phone,etc,etc....PEOPLE DO NOT LOOK OUT FOR BIKERS .....UNLESS THEY RIDE ONE.....Cell phones,smokes,girls in bikini's shouldn't take your mind off of driving....ANY TYPE OF VEHICLE>>(BOATS INCLUDED)....IT does help now that the newer bikes front light blinks while underway.....I will say in defense to car or truck drivers....BIKERS pass me way more than I PASS them.....SO who is in the big hurry????
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Old 07-16-2007, 09:22 PM
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WFOFISHING - 7/16/2007 8:44 PM

IT does help now that the newer bikes front light blinks while underway
The jury is still out on that one. IMHO, if you have decent headlights you don't need a modulator. They are obnoxious at best and could actually be construed as a signal for the car (or whatever) to go ahead and turn.


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Old 07-16-2007, 09:31 PM
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After many close calls and the loss of four close buddies to car accidents over a twenty five year period, I finally sold my bike and had my license changed to eliminate the motorcycle endorsement.
I feel better about it now, but it was a tough decision to live with for quite a few years.
I still do miss the bike occasionally, but I'll never ride one again.
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FASTFJR, . . .WOW! I respect your decision. Really got me to thinking.

So . . . I’m putting off buying the bike for a while, maybe forever.

Me thinks I owe you a big thanks.



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Old 07-18-2007, 05:47 PM
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I'd ridden about 10 times in my life before April when I got my endorsement in Florida. While trying to scratch my itch for a new toy, I decided to buy a Harley for the toy box. Keep my 911 instead of trading it for something even more ridiculous. So I started to rent Harleys, checking out the different models to make the decision which one to get. As of now, I've pretty much decided to not buy one at all. The carrot I dangle in front of me at work is, every time I make a sale, I rent a Harley for a 3 day mid-week term. The dealer in Stuart FL and in Wildwood NJ will cut a deal for Tues thru Fri, less traffic during the week and there's other things to do on the weekends. I figure I cut the risk of one of those bimbos running over me dramatically. Plus renting means no maintenance, no polishing, no transporting back and forth FL-NJ twice a year... I'm still going to ride, just not as much as I would if I owned one.
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