That's some sick shi#@[email protected][email protected]
#$#@! Interestingly enough,
I recently just bought a nice pair of Daines P103 leather pants.
Prior to this, I've only owned and primarily rode w/ a Vanson leather jacket and jeans. My main motivation was due to the fact that I plan on start to riding knee draggin' style. Of course, I always new leathers afforded the better protection. In fact, the couple times I took my CBR F4 for track day, we were required to double up on the jeans if we didn't have leathers. I've been told, CA is a bit more stringent; if you don't have a one piece leather, than the two piece must be able to attach itself as one via zipper. I guess I will eventually have to purchase a Dainese jacket to match the pants I just got; Unfortunately, my Vanson won't suit. Anyway, I must also confess that although I am very vehement as most people here are about wearing protective gear, I don't always. The occassions I don't are when I take my bike for a little spin to get all the water out after a wash. After seeing those pictures, I think I will make it a practice to wear protective give everytime. You can't predict. But, I do have contempt for people who don't wear the proper gear. Even for people who wear tennis shoes, etc. There are moving parts on a bike and if a shoe string were to get loose, who knows. This reminds me of something I saw on television where a woman lost her who hair, including the scalp. Her whole scalp and hair were literally ripped off in an industrial accident when it got caught on a machinery. Well, I'm just thinking this is an accident waiting to happen on guys who decide to wear shoes w/ shoe laces. Can we say over the ankle? That's why the MSF course insists on over the ankle boots. I think the pictures w/ what happened in one of the pictures is sobering enough. Guys, it took some strength to just look at the horrible pictures; could you imagine what the pain must have felt like??? When I got my first bike, a 96 CBR 600 F3, I've ahem... tested it on a straight away. I was lucky I didnt' have an accident. I, now realize how fortunate I was. Anyway, as a sportrider, fast straight aways don't impressive me. although, it's nice to feel the high speeds, but it's really cornering that is where it's at. Any bloody idiot can go hundreds of miles per hour on a straight away. Take it easy; especially if you're starting out.
You are indeed his friend and he's lucky to have you as his friend. Your concern and assessment of his sounds right on. From the amount of accidents you've described and his attitude, I think you have him pegged right as an idiot. Riding in the dirt and on the street are two different animals. Dirt bikes are meant to take a far more abuse than street bikes. In fact, at least on a dirt track you don't have to deal w/ obstacles like street riders do, i.e., cars, debris, etc. I hope you show him those pictures. And if that doesn't deter him, at least I hope he wears the proper gear like someone here advised. I don't have anything against doing extreme stuff, hell, I love stunting. It's being aware of the dangers and risk. Do it properly, having given much thought. I suppose if he's determined, like most of our loved ones were against us riding bikes, he's going to do it. Just have him think it through first prior to doing anything extreme. Try to visualize doing it and the possible outcomes and how you might deal w/ it. His life is riding on it!
p.s. You mention he's had a MC endorsement for 6 months... something tells me he probably didn't take the MSF course. And if he did, at least not for the right reasons, i.e., to learn earnestly about riding responsibly as opposed to it being counted as a discount on insurance, etc. All in all, ultimately, you've pretty done all you can w/ regards to detering him by showing him your concern and expressing how you felt. He's an adult? Every adult have to make their own decisions. Life is about making decisions. I just hope he makes the right ones. Good luck.