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post #1 of 10 Old 05-17-2010, 09:06 PM Thread Starter
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You clear to ride?

I've been doing a lot of thinking since my bifftastic morning:

http://www.klrforum.com/showthread.php?t=8675

A lot of beating myself up. Feeling like I spoiled my spotless record. Pissed I broke the cowling. Pissed I messed up. I had a lot of time to think because the weekend after it happened I was sick as shit. And sick for most of last week. Then the little Jaw got sick, ear infection, etc. Then I started thinking about what happened. The morning of the biff, I woke up with what I thought were REALLY bad allergies. Took double my dose of Claritin and didn't think twice about it. Despite the fact that I have told people, "if you don't feel 100%, take the car" and "if you are on different meds than you're used to, don't get on your bike". Of course, good logic. But that doesn't apply to ME cause I'm a ****ing gangster. I ride in every type of weather. I ride the most dangerous streets of SF every day. I went offroading with SLO, Mark, and Tom and didn't even screw up. You see where I'm going here. Bottom line. I messed up twice. Sure, I didn't anticipate some lady going for the green and then immediately hitting her brakes, but when I think back on it, it all seems kind of foggy. And that's where I made my big mistake. I'm not a gangster. I can ride in all kinds of weather, terrrain, etc (maybe) when I feel good.

My head was not in the game. I knew better and I didn't listen to that voice that was saying, 'dude take the car'. I got off easy and learned a lesson and am happy to eat some crow if it keeps one of y'all from being tough instead of being smart. I take it pretty much for granted. Wake up, ride. Hung over, sick, raining, windy, what have you. I did not practice what I preach. And I paid a small price. Thank god I didn't pay the big price. Don't be an idiot like me.




"In a car you're always in a compartment, and because you're used to it you don't realize that through that car window everything you see is just more TV." R. Pirsig

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post #2 of 10 Old 05-18-2010, 04:36 AM
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So far, but yet so near.
You're just so vulnerable on a bike that you have to try to anticipate every possible scenario. And it doesn't take much to put you off your game.
Yes, it could have been a lot worse, but lady luck was with you. As you say, if it makes someone else think twice about riding when they are not 100%, then maybe some good will come of it all.
Now stop worrying about it and go for a ride..... with a clear head
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post #3 of 10 Old 05-18-2010, 11:18 AM Thread Starter
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Now stop worrying about it and go for a ride..... with a clear head
Roger Wilco. This post was the end of my introspection. Now, I ride.




"In a car you're always in a compartment, and because you're used to it you don't realize that through that car window everything you see is just more TV." R. Pirsig

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My motorcycles would just get sold if I don't ride when not 100% cause they would rarely get ridden. And I'm a pretty healthy guy, but between work stress, weather and other crap every day, who really ever feels 100%?

Don't let some dumbass cager who can't drive get to ya! Anticipation was taught in our days of driving school, but it no longer applies with the level of moron on the road today and it's a hard habit to break. So many clueless idiots who have no idea on basic legal driving maneuvers. Tailgating has become a sport, people think driving 5 under the limit creates a safety zone while everyone around them forms a traffic jam, turning left or right in to the closest lane of a multi-lane has been completely tossed out, does anyone allow people to merge anymore? No.. you have to force yourself in these days, leaving a stop light for many people involves waiting for a particular shade of green. Lots of piss poor driving going on these days thanks to so many distractions available.
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I agree to a point. I also think I ****ed up. There are no absolutes. Given the situation, maybe 50% of the time I could have saved it. Given straight odds. I gave the odds to the house.

I hear ya, but it's only part of the story. You're right. People are crazy. And I would like to be at my best to defend myself. That includes not 'rushing' cause I'm gonna be five minutes late to work.

My Dad flew every helicopter the Navy has flown for the past few decades. He is a pretty respected pilot and went far. He flew combat missions. He drives like the biggest ***** in the world. I think that speaks volumes.




"In a car you're always in a compartment, and because you're used to it you don't realize that through that car window everything you see is just more TV." R. Pirsig

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***** means wimp. Forgot about the censor.




"In a car you're always in a compartment, and because you're used to it you don't realize that through that car window everything you see is just more TV." R. Pirsig

PPMC #1.
Soon, we ride.

AKA JD Mader or you can call me "Dan" just not early for dinner.

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Just yesturday a lady decided to stop on a blinking yellow light in front of me. With a line of cages on my tail, all I could do was think of the outs. In a split second I did a mirror check. Noticed the cages were slowing down. So I opted to stop. I always leave enough space for at least two ways out. Eating a curb is much better then getting nailed. (SPILT SECOND CHOICES) Being 100% all the time is a hard thing to do. Looking and scaning 120% of the time is a "must" while riding in this land of cell phone idiots. I had a guy looking right at me pull out in front of me. He would have gotten the bird. I was to busy hitting the horn. We make choice everyday man. I love ridding my KLR. So I need to be on my P's and Q's with the forces of nature and the IDIOTS I share the road with..
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I agree Weld. And you're both right that we can never be 100%. But we can actively decide whether we're close enough. That's what I was getting at. Less mindless assumption that I'm going to ride no matter what.

And you're right about escape routes. I've heard it from several people and I think its good advice. When you're on a motorcycle its a video game where everyone is the enemy.

That's one of the reasons I love the KLR in the city. Many more escape routes possible if you can hop a curb and blast through some grass if neccesary. When I ride my Honda I feel a little trapped.




"In a car you're always in a compartment, and because you're used to it you don't realize that through that car window everything you see is just more TV." R. Pirsig

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While I do hear what you're saying LJ, I think you're just being a bit hard on yourself.
I had a very similar incident happen to me a couple of years ago. I was at an intersection where you either have to turn left or right onto the highway. 90% of this traffic all turns right but on this day there was a van in the left turn lane which created somewhat of a visual barrier but he had not pulled up near the stop line so there was plenty of room to see past the front of that vehicle. The car in front of me pulled up to the stop line angled to the right, got a good look at the traffic to the left, let the one car go by then took off. When the car in front of me took off I had him in the right side of my vision as I scanned for oncoming traffic. I heard his motor rev and saw him leave my vision because he was headed to the right. I turned my head more to the left for a final scan then started letting the clutch out as I turned my head back to the right to see that the idiot in front of me had stopped about 3 or 4 car links away. I was aimed at the left side of his bumper and all I could do was throw the bike to the left in an attempt to miss him. I just barely clipped his bumper with the right cowling on my bike sending me wide out onto the road, thank god there was no traffic coming. Sometimes people just do stupid shit for no reason at all.
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Thanks D. I appreciate that, man. Drives my wife crazy...my brain can never stop. But I think I'm done now. Looking at all the pics of our ride made me feel like less of a dork. Especially that hill climb I did.

http://www.klrforum.com/showthread.php?t=8626&page=2




"In a car you're always in a compartment, and because you're used to it you don't realize that through that car window everything you see is just more TV." R. Pirsig

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AKA JD Mader or you can call me "Dan" just not early for dinner.

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