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Has anyone been injured or know someone who was injured while riding. Last year I seen someone on an R1 get hurt. He was at a light and a girl on a cell phone rear ended him. When we saw the bike the car was on top of it. Luckily he was thrown from the bike but he broke a lot of bones. Thing like that scare me. Just wonderin if anyone here has been seriously hurt and if so did it ever stop you from riding.
 

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Bike accidents happen. I personally know of 1 guy at work who broke his wrist when some cager stopped short in front of him and he laid his bike down to avoid hitting her...

If you ride safely, meaning defensively, then you shouldn't have a problem.

If you wear proper safety gear, helmet, jacket, gloves, boots, pants, then if you go down there's a greater chance you won't be badly hurt.

Motorcycles have a few trade-offs you need to determine if you're willing to make....

you've got great freedom on a bike... you're PART of the environment and experience everything you don't get in a cage.

As a trade-off, you sacrifice the 2,500 lbs. of steel, seatbelts, cd player, air bags, and leather seats surrounding you.


Riding defensively, making allowances for stupid drivers behind the wheel, knowing what's around you will go a long way to making you a better rider, and a better driver by default.
 

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I currently know 2 people that are in long recovery from serious accidents, both having had highsides on the freeway. One broke his back in 3 places, fractured 2 ribs and ruptured most everything you can without dying. That was 2 years ago and he still cannot walk without assistance. Cage lady cut him off at 60 and dynamited her brakes.
The other one was simply being dumb...75m down the freeway, in traffic, during heavy rain. Car in front of him hit their brakes, he was too close...paniced. Downshifted and locked the rear brake at the same time...then let off the brake. He went up and over, bike used him to break its fall and they both slid under the car. He probably won't work a standing job again.

Both of these happened before I even considered buying a bike, and no, those do not keep me from riding or wanting to ride. They just serve as vivid reminders of why you need to ride responsibly and ride within the limits of yourself and your bike. I, personally, still haven't had my bike out of the neighborhood I live in yet as I've discovered that is about my limit... (See 'Dork' posted earlier)

Ride safe and I may see ya on the road!

-G
 
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