We've all at least thought about it lately, right? Who hasn't had the talk with their wife recently?Fred H said:My wife and I had an interesting conversation about this tonight. My thoughts are this:
Everything that is fun in life brings some risks with it. Be it rock climbing, or scuba diving, or riding a bicycle, or traveling, or you name it. You basically have two options as I see it. You can get out and enjoy life and do what makes you happy and try to minimize the risks, or you can stay at home and read books and never go out, and pray an airplane doesn't crash into your house and kill you.
I am sure Steve is glad he rides, and I know it has brought him lots of enjoyment and taken him to some spectacular places. I suspect he wouldn't trade a minute of it, I know I wouldn't. Life is to be lived. Yes, motorcycles bring risks, and you may get killed on one someday, but your other options are do what? Take up finger painting? Personally, I get far too much enjoyment out of riding to give it up, and while I will do everything I can to minimize the risks, I won't stop riding. Motorcycles have taken me to places like Yellowstone and Yosemite, Glacier , Death Valley, and even to Australia and New Zealand and several other continents. I can't image what my life would be like without those experiences in it. My motorcycle is my key to freedom and adventure and I don't know what I would do without it.
What if it was me that time and not Dan or Steve? What do I do? Is the ride worth it?
I agree with Fred. I find a peace when I ride that I can't get anywhere else, not even my Cooper. It's especially special since my wife shares it with me; we go everywhere on that bike together.
What then? How do I mitigate the risks and still have a good time?
I practice my skills, take that first aid class, check my tires, wear good gear.
Yesterday I had Max & Mike at Traxxion do the rear shock on my bike; I knew the old unit was worn out and I had been putting off the repair --- not the smartest thing. The bike handles like a dream now and I know I'll be a safer rider.
For me, the process of becoming a better rider is also part of the enjoyment. Personal growth. Zen.