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Old 07-03-2017, 11:48 AM
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For the absolute first time in my life, I am toying with the idea of getting a motorcycle license. I say this because I have spent the last 20 investigating motorcycle crashes and know that many times, the rider has paid the ultimate price despite doing everything right. At age 45 with a young child I am probably nuts and the Mrs will probably end the idea anyways, but it's probably no more dangerous that getting a pilot's license, which is my life's dream.




Who got a license later in life? Did it turn out to be a good thing or not?
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Old 07-03-2017, 11:51 AM
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Please take a safety course. I have been riding my entire life and I have raced.

I have taken a safety course four times ( accompanying others ) and have learned something new every time.

The middle aged new rider is the highest category of fatalities
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Old 07-03-2017, 11:53 AM
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Riding a bike requires an additional sense...I've been on bikes since 8 with minibikes and graduated steps to my 10' long harley choppah.

I wouldn't advise starting now...it ain't in your blood.

BOL!!!
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Originally Posted by Lprizman View Post
Riding a bike requires an additional sense...I've been on bikes since 8 with minibikes and graduated steps to my 10' long harley choppah.

I wouldn't advise starting now...it ain't in your blood.

BOL!!!
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Haha! so, two votes for no so far, LOL.


BTW Lance, what is BOL?
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I rode until I became a fire rescue paramedic. Then I quit! The old lady with cataract sunglasses is tougher than you are!
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In Texas if you take the motorcycle safety course you don't have to do the driving portion of the test. the course is really a lot of fun, I grew up on dirt bikes and still found the course to be really informative. to the point of several things I learned could easily save your life.

I got my about 16 years ago, I wish everyone would ride a bike for awhile, it would make them much better drivers.

My wife took the course and there's about a zero percent chance that I'll ever buy her a motorcycle, she loved the course.
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Originally Posted by Hooper View Post
Haha! so, two votes for no so far, LOL.


BTW Lance, what is BOL?
I am not a no vote. I am all for it.


I just highly advocate a safety course.

And a book.

Keith Codes twist of the wrist.
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Originally Posted by Hooper View Post
Haha! so, two votes for no so far, LOL.


BTW Lance, what is BOL?
Best Of Luck probably.
Here is my 3rd vote for no...

Been riding since 14, love it but due to circumstances beyond your control, slow, blind, drugged or drunk drivers, you could be snubbed out in a flash, literally.

Get that pilot license instead, lots of fun and better odds of coming home for supper.
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BOL best of luck.
If you try it stay slow and local to start...it is the people in cars and trucks that are the problem and road conditions.
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For the absolute first time in my life, I am toying with the idea of getting a motorcycle license. I say this because I have spent the last 20 investigating motorcycle crashes and know that many times, the rider has paid the ultimate price despite doing everything right. At age 45 with a young child I am probably nuts and the Mrs will probably end the idea anyways, but it's probably no more dangerous that getting a pilot's license, which is my life's dream.




Who got a license later in life? Did it turn out to be a good thing or not?
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Another no vote. As mentioned it is the 4 wheel people that will get you and you won't have air bags. You are the crumple zone.
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Get a dirt bike, spend three years riding dirt at least once a week. Get to the point in which riding a motorcycle is instinctive. Then take the riders safety course and get your street bike license.
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Take the course and get your license. This will give you a better sense of whether or not you want to ride. And get Twist of the Wrist II. Here's another good book: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/18...?ie=UTF8&psc=1

I've met Nick several times. I taught the MSF Basic Rider course for a while. Good luck.
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Old 07-03-2017, 12:21 PM
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Do it.
I got mine later in life (39-40) and did so with little experience on 2 wheels except bicycles which was last ridden in middle school days. Did it to challenge myself (also eventually considering rec single engine pilots lic as another challenge to myself). I enjoy it and have no regrets. Don't ride very much (swap every other summer between the bike and the convertible P-car).
No crotch rocket but currently riding Suzuki M109R "the Beast" which provides plenty of go fast speed and power and not to mention looks killer IMO, albeit she's a heavy bike.
Ride responsibly, defensively and buy (and wear) the right gear for protection from head to toe.
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I've got the motorcycle endorsement on my license even though I haven't ridden in a few years.

Although I rode and raced dirt bikes from 13 on up into my early 20s I never rode or was into street bikes or cruisers until my late 30s.
Bought my 1st Harley when I was 37.

If you've got the bug it aint going away so you may as well go for it.

Just be careful cause like most have said, its the other folks on the road you gotta be leery of.
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I've been riding street bikes since 1977. My first motorcycle was HD Super Glide with 4 over front forks. Now looking at giving it up more and more. Just too damned dangerous now. People just don't see you or even care if they do. I "see" the dangers at every intersection, crossroad, and texting drivers beside me.

If you do, a motorcycle safety course is an absolute must.
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I got my endorsement at about ~42, then I bought a Suzuki DR 650 (Enduro) because I wanted to ride on the streets so I could get to the little woods we have. I only put about 1500 miles on it, turns out the bike was too big and heavy for what I wanted. I don't regret it, but I had things in place that if I was killed my family would be fine, my daughter was 15ish. If you can die today and youre family doesn't have to live out of a car as a result, then go for it. We are in the same field so I know where you are coming from, most of the crashes I investigated when on road patrol were the riders fault. Ended up selling bike, wouldn't mind another one, but it is way down the list.
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Originally Posted by BlueRudy View Post
I've got the motorcycle endorsement on my license even though I haven't ridden in a few years.

Although I rode and raced dirt bikes from 13 on up into my early 20s I never rode or was into street bikes or cruisers until my late 30s.
Bought my 1st Harley when I was 37.

If you've got the bug it aint going away so you may as well go for it.

Just be careful cause like most have said, its the other folks on the road you gotta be leery of.
How can a guy who has hookers fart on his paste be "leery" of anything.....hehe
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Have had my 250 and larger MC license for 33 years for it when I was 18. Have not been on the street much in 25 years now stick to dirt.
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Great perspectives by all, thanks guys!
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