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20 years later, the urge strikes again...

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  1. 88scortgt

    88scortgt FEOA Member

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    For the last three months, I have been working as a mechanic at a used car lot. I didn't have a problem with the job until yesterday. That's when my boss showed up with a 1976 Suzuki GS750 he bought at the auction. He asked me to get it running, which I did, and then told me to go blow the carbon out of it. (that was fun :D )
    The problem I have now is I want to get another bike, but I don't know if I should. The reason for the doubt is I was involved in an accident 20 years ago on a bike in which I broke my left forearm in half, broke my neck, and nearly died.
    Riding the bike didn't bother me at all, I even rode it again tonight. I just don't know if I should jump back on one on a full time basis. I asked my wife about getting one and she likes the idea.
    I know it's my decision, but I need to ask, if you went through what I did, would you get a bike or not?
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    2scorts New Member

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    you only have one life, do what you thing is right.

    when you are on your death bed do you want you "i wish i would have done" or would you rather say "i wish i never did"
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    I would get another but thats just the type of person I am. As long as you ride safe i don't see any reason letting an accident that happened 20 years ago stop you from doing what you want to do today. Like 2scorts said, you only have one life so do what is going to make you happy and have fun doing it.
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    paraphrase: you've only got one life, so you've gotta end it in manliest way possible so that generations to come will remember your gigantic brass balls
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    If your wife also thinks you should get one it either means you really should or you have a great life insurance policy.
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    That's a decision you'll have to make for yourself. I've been riding for over 30 years and about 25-27 years ago I was passing a tractor pulling a hay bailer and just as I got up beside the hay bailer he started turning left. The tractor was in the left lane and the bailer was in the right. I had 2 choices either hit the tractor or go left as far as I could and lay the bike down. I chose the later after aiming directly for the rear tire of the tractor so I nor the bike would go under the tractor and be run over. I was shook up, skinned up and the bike had some damage, but I got back on the bike and rode it home. I had the bike repaired and still have it today. I've learned to pay much closer attention to what's going on around me especially when I'm on the bike. When I am coming up on an intersection if there are car's at or near the intersection I slow down in preparation in case they decide to pull in front of me. If you decide not to buy another bike I fully understand, there are too many people driving who never look for bikes on the road. One of my friends that I use to ride with years ago got cut off by a car making a left hand turn into his lane, he hit the car and flew off the bike and over the car, but wasn't seriously hurt. There is one definite fact motorcycles don't have the safety and protection of a car.
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    Thanks for the encouragement, everyone. I have been doing a lot of thinking about this, and have decided to give it a shot and find a bike. The only thing my wife said I couldn't get is a crotch rocket. I've even decided on what I want to get, and thankfully I'll have until next spring to find one. The bike I want is a early to mid '70's Honda 750 Four. I know it is an ancient bike, but my first bike was a '72, and since I'm starting over again it seems like the right one to get.
    I already checked with the BMV and found out I have to take a beginners riding course before I can get my motorcycle endorsement back. After this long it might be a good idea!
    FordMan59, I'm glad to hear that you didn't get hurt in your encounter with a tractor! When I wrecked my bike, I was going home from work at 3 a.m. on a road I only was on once before when it was light. It was so foggy I could barely see 10 feet in front of the bike. I missed a curve, hit a guardrail, a no parking sign, and went down a 15-20 foot embankment into a river. Luckily I woke up and some how made it back up to the road. I then had to walk almost a mile to the nearest house to get help. My left forearm was broken in half with bones coming out of both sides, and my neck had two fractured vertebrae and two crushed discs. I lost about 40% use of my left hand due to all the damage done. All this happened at the blinding speed of 19 mph. The main reason I stopped riding was I went through 11 surgeries and therapy for almost 3 years.
    Hopefully this time will be better!
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    People often talk of "death" as though it is the worse result of an accident. Personally, I would disagree. Fortunately I can't speak from experience, but would expect that life as a vegetable would be the worse result. Life where those you love are confined to an existence of emptying your diaper, replacing your drip, grinding up your food and handing it to you with a straw.

    Fear is what keeps you alive. The way you ride now, will undoubtedly be different from the way you used to. Anytime you feel the need to get overly adventurous, (and that will happen,) think of that existence. If someone pisses you off, because they changed lanes and didn't see you, keep your cool. Do what you can to calmly make them aware and leave it at that. It isn't worth it.

    Personally and when bicycling, I always remember, it doesn't matter who is right and who is wrong. In a battle between >2,000 lbs vs <200, there will be a clear winner every time.

    Regarding crotch-rockets, for years on the nightly news and every year, there would be reports of some rider found dead -late at night- in a ditch on, entering or exiting the highway. They would never know or speculate about the cause of the accident and would be asking for people who might've seen something. But they weren't on a rocket, they were all on cruisers. For long time I wondered how these folks would end up like this and later it finally dawned on me... they were drunk.
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    One thing you need to consider if buying an early '70's Honda is that parts are likely going to be very hard to find for a bike that old, because they have discontinued making them. I had to have some work done to my bike ('82 Yamaha 1100) a few years ago and finding some of the parts was nearly impossible. I suggest researching the availability of parts before buying a bike this old. Especially brake system parts, carburetor rebuild kits and other commonly needed parts.
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    I have been on dirt bikes since Iwas 5. I even raced supercross for 5 years. I still ride some today, but no wreck no matter how bad it could be will ever keep me off of one. its something I love and enjoy doing. Thats my way of being in my own worlkd for a while without all the worries of life. If it wasnt for things like that, I would insane to the maxx!! I say if you love it that much, then you might as well go for it. You will regret it later on down the road if you dont.
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    Well, I got a bike today. I bought the Suzuki that my boss got at the auction. I think I came out pretty good on the deal. The bike came from the auction with new plugs, coils, points, air filter, brakes, battery, and tires. The bike has just a little over 12,000 original miles on it, so there's a lot of life in it yet. I took my wife out on it yesterday and we put almost 70 miles on it without one problem.
    I'm going to start cleaning it up tomorrow, then take some pics and post them for everyone to see.
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    Your boss has good taste in bikes. :wink:

    Here are my '83 Suzuki GS 650GL and '81 Suzuki GS 850GL.

    They are GREAT bikes. Hard to believe that they are 30+ years old already. :eek:

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    Get some good tires on it. They are the only thing keeping you on the pavement. Back in the day when I had my Kaw 750 2-stroke triple, I dumped the stock tires and bought Dunlop K81s. What a difference they made !
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    You mean, "the only thing keeping *you* OFF the pavement". ;)

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