Dangers of Riding - Part II
In light or sadly in darkness of the past event(s), I am re-posting this from "dangers of riding categorised". I hope that it becomes a "sticky post". That everyone who ventures onto this board has a chance to read this post & understand what has been said. I strongly believe in these words and I ride by them. There is more to be said later.
Unfortunately, with the popularity of the sport increasing on a yearly basis, more and more people are entering it without the true understanding of what personal responsibility is involved with riding a motorcycle or what a motorcyclist is.
First things and last things, no one wants to get into and accident! (an unforeseen and unplanned event or circumstance). Well if you ride with the above definition, please do not throw a leg over a seat and go riding. All motorcycle accidents are actually an incident - (an action likely to lead to grave consequences) - this may be (will be) argued but if you truly understand what has been said, then you have just greatly increased your life expectancy on a Motorcycle.
If a mistake has been made by someone else that has infringed on your well being, learn from it and look for the same or similar circumstance next time and take the appropriate action to protect yourself. Again, if someone cuts you off, yes you can be mad and finger him or what have you! But the reality is he is in a vehicle and you are on a motorcycle. You lose! Make the decision for your foes. Don't let them control the situation if at all possible. And most times you have the choices to make or allow this this to happen. If you are a new Motorcyclist (or rider as you are truly just along for the ride if a newbie) learn everything you can from every moment of every ride. If you ride like this, you will be mentally tired after an hour ride from information overload.
For seasoned motorcyclist, if you think you know it all, then its time to quit. Extreme statement, but the truth. Be complacent and it will bite you fast and hard.
Listen to your sixth sense. Many a time I got ready for a ride and cancelled because SOMETHING just did not feel right. I was a little tired, I did not like the looks of the clouds, funny feeling in the back of my mind. Planned trip too long, whatever, if it feel wrong, there is a reason. (may be lame but...)
When riding a motorcycle you truly have to be 100%. If not, the consequences can truly be extreme.
I am not preaching. This is years of experiences of incidents that I have boiled down into a few paragraphs that have lots of pain, sweat, and sadly tears in them.
We all die way too soon as it is, why make it a short journey when truly we are just trying to take the long way home - safely!