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.