Hello to eveyone who both knows me partially and those who don't.
You need not know me to answer this question.
With all the rider down threads floationg around these days, stories on the broadcast channels and grief I get from parents/family friends I think things are really starting to get me.
In terms of averages of people crashing I think it sounds like they only increase with seat time. Althoe, a great argument can be made for the guys who have never crashed It doens't hold weight with me. I mean I am no angel, I was 19 years old with Honda F3, NEVER EVER had been on a bike before saying goodbye to my parents as I left for work that morning. On the way home from work that day I crashed into a ditch and got messed up, guess what? I didn't have a licence, and therefor no valid insurance and on the hook financailly for the whole thing. Wow that smartened me up for 2 whole years untill the pain of depression and debt the accident had caused subsided. Then I got another F3 and yes this time it only took 1 year to ditch. Thankfully I was ok but this time I had a good job and was just able to walk away. And buy a new bike the next day.
Things are looking up for me now, I got 2 consecutive crash free years under my belt but it's this that brings me my point:
At this time in my life I have ALOT of responsibilities, most financial. They come with purchasing a new house and starting a company from scratch all within 2 months. This has made me consider If I should keep all my riding on the track? Some people will tell you that the track might be more dangerous but from the little experience I have with the track Its my observation that the track might in fact be safer. Ya, a day at the track will see some crashes that is guaranteed but most of the times it seems like the carnage is less than it would be on the street. The second main reason I have for considering giving up street riding is this.
Sometimes when I am riding It just seems like I can control myself from doing stupid things. I am the first one to admit they are stupid, and also point out other riders who also do dumb things. But I mean Torpedo wheelies, excessive speed, numerous traffic infractions, not to metion what would happen to me If I were to lose my drivers licence as I have a transport company. All together I have 5 years riding which seems like a really long time, but how long does it take to rememeber not to crack the throttle when your at a stoplight wanting to give a little attitude to a cage. I am what I would consider a rider with decent abilities but this doens't stop me from going 240k+ while out on a day trip with memebers from the board, this doens't stop me from riding up beside someone and wheelieing over the alex fraser bridge. I feel I cant control my self when riding.
So the question I have for you is:
If you only ride the track what was the absolute deciding factor?
What would push you to give up street riding all together.
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