Originally Posted by Billieg
Well, I bet Offthewall and I could tell you a few stories but the fact that we are still here after 40+ years riding is testament that the onary don't die young...
My brother died Tuesday doing what he loved to do... riding his Harley. Some 19 year old girl was texting and ran over him. ( an $88 dollar ticket) I guess if I were to ask him if he would have given up riding years ago so he could be alive today he would of said no... when your time is up it's up. Weather you are screaming down some back road on your Harley or sitting in your living room watching NASCAR... When it's up, it's up.... So live life and go for it!
My sincere condolences go out to you for the loss of your brother.
I do believe that riding a bike for so many years has improved my driving skills in any vehicle. I ride (and drive) VERY defensively. I always assume the idiot behind the other wheel is going to do the dumb thing because, while on a bike, they often do. Scan ahead, plan multiple 'what ifs', always assume the worst case senario.
I also suggest to the other experienced riders out there to take the MSF advanced riders course. I took it about five years ago and was surprised how much I learned. I thought I knew everything