Disclaimer - This is my rant, and I just need to get it off my chest. Don't like it? Too bad, read something else.
I crashed out on a ride back on Aug13th (wasn't even a Friday) and spent a couple weeks getting my head right enough to ride again. No kidding, I came away from the crash with a pretty nasty concussion, and anyone who thinks a beanie is good enough aught to see my helmet. I swore by leathers before the crash too, but seeing them now, and realizing I don't have a scratch on me is another huge eye opener. In case you hadn't figured it out, this was my first major crash on a street bike and even though I'd been around lots of crashes, and picked up several other riders, and seen family members after wrecks, I still wasn't prepared for the head games I'd play with myself following my own crash.
Speaking of which, to the guys who pulled me out, called the ambulance, (dealt with the cops?), and especially called my wife...my thanks many times over. Oh, and sorry you missed the end of the group ride :/
My wife has been filling me in about all the things I missed, like me trying repeatedly to take my helmet off well after the crash, and of course the half hour chopper ride over the state of Washington. Too bad I was unconscious, I would have liked to have seen that, I think. But I think of all the things I've missed, especially this past week, it's riding I missed the most. I know, I got away from one that I probably shouldn't have, but I've just got a passion for riding and that's just the way it is. I ride over 300 days a year, because I'd rather ride in the rain than drive a car. I'm not a sucker for punishment, I just love to ride that much. Keeping that in mind, after this crash, I was worried for some reason that my head might get in the way of me riding again... you know, I might freeze up going into a turn corner, or panic under heavy breaking, or just blow a turn.
I'm proud to say I got out and rode 3 bikes today with no problems (huge weight off my shoulders!! ) Now, they were probably the 3 most laid back rides I've had since I learned what a kill switch is, but man they felt good! Emergency braking, high speed cornering, idiot cagers in traffic, nothing seemed to bug me today, so my friends, now I just have to pick out a new bike and I'll see you on the road as soon as I possibly can!
Now, if I can just find a bike........