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post #1 of 10 Old 05-28-2009, 12:58 AM Thread Starter
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Angry Hanging up riding....

A little over a year ago some may remember me telling about my brother dumping his DR650, breaking his leg and being laid up for several months.

Well he healed up, (leg will always be messed up) and wrecked it again last week. He hit some oil in a curve and lost it. He broke the same leg,(this time above the knee) his pelvic, and his hip.

They flew him back to UT (Knoxville TN) and did surgery on his leg. They had him ready for surgery on his hip and maybe pelvic, but changed their mind and sent him home. UT should not be considered a hospital, I wouldn't take a dog there.

So he has my dad so tore up with his 3 wrecks in 4 years that I decided I wouldn't put any more worries on dad by getting another bike. (well at least one I will ride on the road) I have decided to look around for a small pit bike to put around in the campgrounds with.

Dad is getting old and he doesn't need any more stress than he has already and I know the thoughts of my brothers wrecks would be in dads mind every time he thought about me on another bike. ( I even think about them too much)


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post #2 of 10 Old 05-28-2009, 02:23 AM
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Man, sorry to hear about your brother. And it sounds like you've made a hard decision. In my experience those are usually the right ones.




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I always wonder if someone had the same situation, where they had several injury accidents in a car, would they stop driving? It sounds like you are doing this in consideration of your dad, but knowing what you have been through with your own health I wonder if I'd do the same if I were in your shoes? I might look at the fact that I'd already beaten the odds and that all the time I had now is a gift.
I also know that I didn't ride for a long time after my dads accident due to respect for his opinion and where I was living. I still don't like riding on busy streets, because while my ablilties are pretty good, I have no control over the other guy.
In short I hope you are not making an unnecessary sacrifice but respect the difficult decision you've made. Maybe time will help and provide perspective that opens a new door. God bless both of you and your families. :-)

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Sorry to hear about your brother. That being said, I don't choose to ride or not to ride based on someone worrying about me. It's something I love, and is well worth the risk.

I've never personally known anyone who's died on a bike, but do know several who have died in car accidents. And guess what...I drove a car to the funeral each time. Think about it.
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I will ride again one day, but for now the piece of mind for my dad is worth me not riding.

On the other hand we are seeing much of the USA in the RV, and although I can't see the back country in the RV I can see a lot more of the USA through that big front windshield, and we do get to see the back country in the tracker.

I debated on taking up riding again (quit in 1977 due to a crash, time, kids, and money) in 04 after a cousin dumped a buel on a test ride. He wound up with a broken back and laid up for several months, but decided I wasn't him and I wanted to ride.

I put 38 K on my 04 KLR, but the desire wasn't near as strong after we went full time in the RV. Seeing the guys ride in the desert turned me off on off road riding, ( those guys are crazy). Then when My KLR was stolen in Dec I wandered if the man upstairs was telling me something. Then with another bike not turning up, (none that I looked at felt right like the KLR did) and hearing dad telling me about my brother was just too much.

Two wheels will always be in my heart, and I will ride again, but I am not ready to replace the KLR yet. A small "pit" bike will be easier to haul, and give me some of the two wheel fix we all like so much.

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Good to hear that you've found a good substitute for riding, sounds like you're having fun, and wether or not you decide to ride again, it's all about having fun anyways. Good luck and happy travelling!
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When I enlisted in the service and left home, I considered myself an adult who didn't need to obey my parents anymore. My dad may not have liked some of the decisions I made in life, but I regarded that as his problem, not mine. After that was established, we got along just fine.

If my brother had crashed seriously three times in four years, he'd have my sympathy, but I'd also seriously wonder if he should consider riding at all. Some folks just don't have the aptitude for it.
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Maybe I'm wrong, but it doesn't seem like DaddyJoe is asking us to talk him out of a decision he has obviously put a lot of thought into. And what anyone else would do is largely irrelevant to what any other person is going to (or should) do.

When and if you do decide to stick your foot back in the water, brother, I would take a long look at the Honda Ruckus. If I had an RV, I would get one and have a blast. But in the mean time, do what you feel is right. Not feeling obligated to oblige one's parents once they reach legal age is a much different concept than making a choice that will benefit a loved one's peace of mind.

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What Lockjaw said.

And I too am intrigued by the Rukus. Should be great fun and practical.
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post #10 of 10 Old 06-11-2009, 05:36 AM
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We all face choices in life.. Some we regret, some we don't.. You have to do what you think is right and just move on .. Sorry about your brother and wish you the best of luck
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