Motorcycle Fears

Jamie Siminoff has an interesting post today on his blog where he discusses the dangers of motorcycles and compares the purchase of a motorcycle to investing in a company.

I was a huge motorcycle fan and was ready to buy a Honda hurricane/CBR 1000 when I graduated college. Before I had a chance to do this, a person I knew in the gym hit a stone wall at 70 MPH on his motorcycle and died. The night before his accident we were at the same party and I will never forget the last moment I saw him.

It is not that we were that close but this experience was one of the first times my youth and inexperience intersected with the reality of human mortality.

Since that time, I have decided that a sports car with air bags and anti-lock brakes is the closest I want to get to the experience of being on a two-wheeled machine.

I have had the chance to borrow a friend’s bike from time to time and while riding, I find myself thinking more about the potential for an accident than anything else. The last time I rode, I realized as soon as I got off the bike that my forearms ached from holding on so tight.

When I rode in college I just remember the pure enjoyment – with little to no fear.

I suppose I am just past the point where I can enjoy these machines anymore.

Still, I have a deep craving to ride a Ducati at some point. If I ever do, I would probably want to do it when there are few other cars on the road.

  • brian
    April 17, 2008 at 10:13 am

    As a motorcycle rider and person who loves all bikes from customs to GSXR. Please STOP everything is dangerous walking down the road being in a car eating a dinner.
    Also not all bikes are good for everyone maybe you are more of a Enduro BMW guy want to ride for a long time, or a R6 and want to go to a track. A motorcycle is really only controlled by the man or woman with the flick of the wrist. He or she controls their destiny of speed and danger.
    So please riding a motorcycle is a great hobby activity and dangerous when you realize you are the only one of the road and tend to drive like a nut job.
    Also is this time with gas shooting threw the roof is a great second vehicle to get around.

  • Robin
    October 10, 2008 at 11:38 am

    I have to share this with you guys! The coolest way to blaze the roads on your motorcycle and ensure that other motorists notice you…is to check this place out – http://www.ironhorsehelmets.com ,they have some of the coolest bling for your helmets. We all have to be safe out there, but we can have fun doing it! One of the greatest benefits is the fact that YOU ARE NOTICED! It is shown that the majority of our motorcycle accidents are due to other motorists…who say they DO NOT SEE US!, lets throw that excuse out their window! Yeah I know the famous t-shirts all you fellows wear that say “If You Can Read This…The Bitch Fell Off” are the only accessory you feel you need, but I have to say, there is something hot about a guy with a Mohawk…..especially a purple one! I wear mine and I love it, I get lots of attention, not that a lady on a bike does not anyway…but the more the better! The helmets are affordable and I plan on getting a few for my riding buddies for Christmas gifts, I want to keep them safe, and I do think this is a cool way to do it….make motorcycle helmet wearing fun.

  • Monica
    March 18, 2009 at 8:45 am

    The guy from the gym crashed into a wall doing 70? Now who’s fault do you think that really was? The wall’s???
    Riding a motorcycle well, while, yes, is far more risky than driving a cage, depends on the intelligence, training, maturity level, and responsibility of the rider. You can ride safely and do everything you possibily can to prevent crashing, or you can ride like an idiot. Up to you.

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