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All the tragedy lately in the sportbike world brought this question to mind. If a close friend or family member was severely injured or killed on a bike, would you still want to ride?

I would hope it wouldn't kill my passion for riding, so I'd have to say I'd still ride. I feel sure if something happened to my husband on the bike, he'd want me to continue to ride if I wanted to. But I also think that my mind could possibly change if I were really in that situation.

My heart goes out to those who have had a family member or friend killed on a bike. I can only imagine the pain it must cause.

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Tough question. I know that it would be hard for awhile but I would still ride.

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Yep, that is a hard situation to have to think about, but I agree with Stacia and my husband.....I would hope that the passion that I have to ride would keep me on my bike.

I know it would make me more aware of everything around me, and honestly I hope I don't have to experience a friend or loved one in a bike accident.

Everyone....RIDE SAFE!!!!!

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Sounds like we all agree on this issue.

I hope I would still ride, but ya never know till you feel it for yourself. KNOCK ON WOOD EVERYONE! :)

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I still ride. I surround myself with people who have a passion for riding, so I know if they go down they did it doing something they love. I know I would rather die on my bike as oppsed to cancer or something sad. I have had one friend die on a bike after he hit a guard rail, and if he were still here he would still ride I'm sure. When he died, several people we rode with quit riding, but it wasn't in them like it is in me. I hope that if I were to die in a wreck it wouldn't cause other people to quit.

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Last September, a guy who was riding with our group wrecked and was killed. He was a friend of a friend, and I had known him for about a month. He had fallen behind, and was trying to catch up when he ran off the road going around a curve and hit a utility pole. The whole ordeal was a nightmare. Seeing him laying there, being questioned and threatened by TN's finest, and then having to ride two hours home(the longest ride of my life).

I do think about it everytime I get on my bike, but it has not changed the way I ride. I didn't see the wreck, but one of my friends looked back and saw it happen. He has completely, for the lack of better words, "lost his nerve". He hardly ever rides with us anymore, and has slowed down considerably. I hate to see this, because I know how much he enjoyed riding.

All of that to get to this. If one of my close friends were killed riding, I hope that I would continue to ride. But I hope that I never have to find out.

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That is a hard situation. However, the riding spirit within would be to great to stop me from riding.

Perhaps, I would take a few days or weeks off, but I would still keep on riding for sure.

Everyone be careful out on the road or track, and ride within your ability, always!

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yes i did. actually, my good friend still rides, just never wants to be back in a helicopter.

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i ride after my near fatal injuries. i rode once w/a guy that was killed & a guy that i never rode with was killed w/a group i ride w/a lot.. i still ride. if it was someone i was close to that got hurt or killed i would still ride.. i think it would be different though.. i also know that a part of me doesnt really want any of my family or friends that dont ride now to take it up.. kinda like i want to be special forces but i dont want my brother to be (he wants a bike & wants to be sf too).

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I've lost 2 friends this past year to bikes-2 more that were friend's friends.. I never had a second thought. After all, I have 100K+ miles under my belt with no get offs. I believe that some people are crashers and some aren't. There's a guy on LABUSAS.org that has wadded 2 929's,an R1,and a Busa-all in the past year(not inluding down time from injuries)-he still rides too. He even has kids-I'd definitely have second thoughts if I were him.

On the other hand, if my girlfriend wanted to ride I wouldn't be too thrilled. I might need someone to take care of me if I do crash someday.

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It is hard to even think about losing Laura in a bike accident. I honestly don't think I could ride again.

I did witness her have two fairly painful accidents on her YZF in the first year and a half of her riding. First was her fault, second was Bambi's. It did not phase me as far as my riding but I do worry when she is riding. I told her when she bought the SV that she did not need to do it if it was because she thought I wanted her to. It makes me nervous but as long as she enjoys it then I will deal with my nerves. It has gotten better as she has gotten better. :)

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I'd still ride. And not because of some silly motto of "I gotta ride, man" Rather because that was thier situation and I have mine. Not to say that "it won't happen to me", but I don't stop driving my car, even though I see car accidents every morning on the news and I've had friends and family in car accidents before, some seriously injured.

I've had a co-worker killed on a sportbike here in AZ, and a close friend seriously maimed (and now has a permanant limp) after wrecking his cruiser back in NY. I can honestly say that those situations have never entered my mind when considering to ride. Very unfortunate, but that won't stop me.

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Well, I've already discovered my own answer to this question years ago. I've lost a good friend to a street crash, I've known a few racers who have died on the track (including Jamie Bowman and Larry Schwarzbach), and I've known a few guys who were permanently injured. It happens. Especially when you're involved in racing -- this kind of thing is bound to occur.

But after all these years, I still do it. Without trying to sound trite, the old adage is true, that you can be killed in your car, in your bathtub, or playing golf. If you avoid everything in life that could potentially kill you, what's the point of living?

Obviously, it hurts when it happens to someone close, but humans were designed to cope with these situations. We go on living, because it's what we're supposed to do...

Godspeed, Jamie, Joey, Larry, Greg, Kenny, and Adam...

Hey, Stacia... Ummm, could we have, like, a fun question next week, please?

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I also hope I never have to find out.... :(

But I love to ride, so I think it would be hard but I would still ride.

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I would still ride. I would feel sad for the loss of the family member but it would not keep me from riding. I mean if you have a relative who gets killed in an automobile accident will you stop driving cars?

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I know this is kinda off topic but at the same time not, my father passed away from a scuba diving accident when i was 8, i am almost 16 now and i still dive for fun and plan on being a commercial diver... my mother can't see why i do it but i love it, its a passion of mine and i know that risk is involved and i have accepted them willingly. This is also my out look toward life and anything that could envolve injury, i fully plan on purchasing a bike when i turn 16 and i know the dangers that are accompanied with my descision.

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Two years ago my father died in a car crash overseas. my family was really against me getting a bike (still are) because they dont want to go through the same grief. i thought about it long and hard before taking up the sport as well but eventually decided to go for it. i know the risks are high but if you ride within your senses and abilities you have a good chance of not becoming a statistic.

coming back to the question, i would continue to ride (for the passion of motorcycling) but each day would be a reminder of the dangers/perils associated with the sport. i hope that i never have to find out the hard way though...

everyone be safe whatever you do.....

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Unfortunately, this is not a theoretical question for me. I lost a younger brother in 1982 when he took a corner too fast and hit a car coming the opposite way. I've also lost a couple of friends over the years. However, I've lost far more friends and family members to automobiles and other accidents. One of my cousins died ice skating on a lake when a drunk snowmobiler hit her. When I was in high school a classmate died when she was thrown off her horse in a show. As others have mentioned, tragedy strikes everywhere.

My wife just took up riding, as did my 14-year-old son. I don't want to repeat any tragedies, but what's the use in living if you cannot do what you enjoy? My wife is taking an MSF course next month. We bought some dirt bikes to practice on, and my wife and son will hit the streets when they're ready. I'm making my son prove to me that he can handle our XR100 before he gets on the XR350. By the time he gets his street license he'll know how to handle a bike and how to react in an emergency.

This is a family activity for us, and we go into it fully aware of the risks. We're also going into this fully prepared by taking classes, practicing in the dirt, and wearing protective gear. You cannot eliminate risk, but you can manage it.

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What if I was in a serious accident... almost resulting in death? Does it count?

I got ran off the road, the car stopped and backed up over my hand, up my arm and over my head. If it would have any other car besides an Escort, I probably would not be here today.

15 year old black kid, stolen car, no insurance on the car and of coarse the kid had no insurance. A case of mistaken identity... There was another kid (19 years old) that ALMOST could pass as my twin, same bike as me, same helmet (which I was not wearing at the time)

My mother yelled at me once for skipping work one time (at 21 years old... funny, isn't it?) to ride my MC when in fact it wasn't me. She never believed me until 2 - 3 months later, we were driving somewhere and BAM... there he was on his bike. After she picked her teeth up off the floor of the car, she apologized to me, yada yada.....

Anyways, the other kid was into to drugs HEAVILY, and must have owed the dealer money, the 15 year old was the runner for the drug dealer,(I know someone that was related to the owner of the Escort, gave it to the kid as collateral, found out the whole story) saw me and tried to take me out. They busted the kid 3 days later in another stolen car, served 2 weeks in DH and was back on the streets.

Well, as fate would have it, he DID get killed in a motorcycle accident by himself, went into a curve REAL hot and lowsided in to a guard rail.

Get this:
My wreck ---------- His wreck
21 years old ------- 21 years old
no helmet ---------- no helmet
fractured skull ---- fractured skull
concussion (sp?)---- concussion
bruised lung ------- bruised body
bruised rib -------------------
bruised kidney ----------------
26 hours in a coma - Life gone as he knows it

I've always believed in the golden rule... maybe he should have too! Sorry so long.

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