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Old May 17th @ 03:47 pm   #1
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From: Seattle, WA

Motorcycle: 2006 ZX-10R
When your riding your motorcycle, you can do things to make the ride safer by wearing better gear and being a better rider. Part of the thrill of riding a motorcycle is the element of danger that exists with being on a motorcycle. The realization that you are sitting on a powerful engine with a tank full of gas riding through the twisties at silly speeds!

Sometimes, I do like those nice and quiet rides too, yet I think part of the risk of riding a motorcycle is also part of why we ride.

What do you think?

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Old May 17th @ 03:54 pm   #2
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From: Las Vegas

Motorcycle: 06 1000 rr bone stock 01 F4I
For me it is a way to clear my head when I ride I am thinking about riding and nothing else. I love the thrill of the speed and hitting the twisties which makes me not think about work, the wife, the kids or anything else.
 
 
Old May 18th @ 12:07 am   #3
jwd
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From: Vegas Knights MC

Motorcycle: 2004 GSX-R 600
I hate the element of danger involved, i dont like going through massive amounts of twisties etc.. but i also hate in traffic driving.. so pfft...
 
 
Old May 18th @ 04:42 am   #4
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From: Ann & Decatur

Motorcycle: 06 CBR1000RR
It's the only time I'm not thinking about 7 different things at once... there is an element of excitement due to the risks... but it's more of my "escape" than anything else..
 
 
Old May 18th @ 05:12 am   #5
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Motorcycle: '05 GSXR 750
I think that the element of danger does have a lot to do with the reason for some rides for me. Not so much when I am riding to work in the morning or running an errand, but when I "go for a ride" it is totally different. When I am doing day to day things I take the bike because I love the feeling of being on two wheels...there is nothing like it. When I "go for a ride" the element of danger is definitly a factor. There is nothing like the feeling of being leaned over in a 90 mph right knowing that you just have to sit up and throw the bike over to hit the next left....In the back of your mind there is that little truth that one mistake, a little sand anything and your ride could end earlier. You dont hear that voice until you get off the bike or out of the twisties but when it comes it gives you that boost that feeling of "I just rode the piss out of this bike, that was awesome" That feeling of danger is what I love. I dont get nervous on the bike often but when I get off after a good run through the curves the feeling is there. I think that is one of the reasons I love to ride.

As far as the post title "would you still ride if it was 100% safe...Absolutely, and probably more often then I do now.

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Old May 19th @ 12:40 pm   #6
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From: Henderson

Motorcycle: GSX-R750
Like my moto four wheels move the body two wheels move the soul When on my bike there is a smile from ear to ear
 
 
Old May 22nd @ 09:01 am   #7
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From: Las Vegas
Perhaps when hitting the twisties, that kind of freakout feeling that I might run off the road and bite it is exhilerating. But I also enjoy riding around town, where the last thing I want is to have to worry about getting run over by a car. So, when I'm in control the danger is exciting, but when the danger comes from something I can't control, not so much.
 
 
Old May 22nd @ 09:43 am   #8
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From: NLV - Lone Mt & Clayton

Motorcycle: 2002 Yamaha FZ1
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Originally Posted by beansbaxter View Post
When your riding your motorcycle, you can do things to make the ride safer by wearing better gear and being a better rider. Part of the thrill of riding a motorcycle is the element of danger that exists with being on a motorcycle. The realization that you are sitting on a powerful engine with a tank full of gas riding through the twisties at silly speeds!

Sometimes, I do like those nice and quiet rides too, yet I think part of the risk of riding a motorcycle is also part of why we ride.

What do you think?
I think that the only way to make riding 100% safe, would be to remove the input given by the rider. Think taking a bus vs. driving yourself or commercial airline vs. piloting yourself. Being in control puts a certain amount of risk dependent on your actions (or lack of action). Someone who rides carelessly and disregarding all laws when riding will be more at risk to wreck. But so is someone that doesn't lean into a corner enough and blows the corner and wrecks. Even at legal speeds you are responsible for your own safety, by leaning when you are supposed to lean, brake when you are supposed to brake, etc.

Of course even if you obeyed all laws and never took any chances, you still will never be 100% safe. Due to other drivers/riders around you. Then you have to factor in how safe (or unsafe) their driving is.

Putting the safety factor in someone elses lap would be a different story. I doubt if safety would cross anyones mind if they jumped on a CAT bus to take you up/down the strip 100 times, but 100 times up/down the strip riding a bike multiplies your chance of getting into a wreck by probably 1,000 or more. I know I wouldn't want to do it. I'd want to kill the idiot drivers by the end of the first time down the strip.

But to answer the original question, YES I would still ride if it were 100% safe. But it would be easier to figure out the meaning of life, because it would never happen.

The only way riding could be 100% safe would be to strap my bike to a rocket and shoot me into orbit all by myself. I could ride up there for years before hitting anything. As long as I weren't strapped to something named Columbia for the ride up :-)
 
 
Old May 22nd @ 09:49 am   #9
jwd
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From: Vegas Knights MC

Motorcycle: 2004 GSX-R 600
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Originally Posted by 2upFZ1 View Post
Of course even if you obeyed all laws and never took any chances, you still will never be 100% safe. Due to other drivers/riders around you. Then you have to factor in how safe (or unsafe) their driving is.

But to answer the original question, YES I would still ride if it were 100% safe. But it would be easier to figure out the meaning of life, because it would never happen.
Amen?
 
 
Old May 23rd @ 02:27 am   #10
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From: Las Vegas

Motorcycle: 2005 Suzuki Hayabusa
Okay, I'll throw out the politically correct answer, "Motorcycles are perfectly safe, only unsafe riders, make riding a motorcycle unsafe". It's the "unsafe" ones I worry about.

Me ?, I've never considered it an unsafe means of transportation. Even when I spy an SUV driver with that cell phone-blindspot thing going on, and they pull into my line. I make adjustments, anticipate, but not always react. I'm always trying to command the machine as best I can at any given time. I doze off at the controls, only, when it's me and the road, like half-way between Indian Springs and Pahrump around dusk. I get lost in the beauty of nature as it passes.

Unsafe ?....hmmmm......it's merely a two-wheeled transportation device. I've spent at least 30 years riding cycles.....being on two wheels with power on the grip, is just a different way of going about it. If I keep the machine tuned well, it should always do what I ask it to.......... (here's where I normally put my headbanger smiley)
 
 

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