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Would you keep riding if...

Discussion in 'General Motorcycling Discussion' started by Unconnected, May 7, 2012.

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Do you keep riding? if you knew it would kill you

  1. Yes

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  2. No

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  3. Maybe soon after, if i had a near miss or something

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    Reesa

    Reesa

    I still wonder at speculating on something that does not exist, but as you were.


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    TonyE
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    The problem here is that even if you never ride again you MUST eventually die some day. So if you die without riding again that means she's wrong - so if she's going to be wrong anyway then you should keep riding.
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    cb rookie

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    ^ was my initial thought too
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    madrush28

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    Any number of things could kill us any day. That being said if it was guaranteed that I was going to die on the bike if I kept riding then yes I would give it up. I have a wife and 3 kids, wouldn't be fair on them.

    That was my noble answer, in truth I just don't want to get an owie :p
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    Jaco

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    Would I keep doing something that I knew would definitely kill me; maybe 50 years from now, or maybe tomorrow?

    Nah. A lot of things that "might" kill me are an acceptable risk, things that "will" just aren't.
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    Roderz
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    Roderz Geek on a Bike Premium Member

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    Most of my love for Motorcycles comes from my Grandfather. A few years before I got old enough to start riding on the road, he decided to give it up. He'd started to have an inner ear and balance problem. I am sad that I've never had a chance to ride with him, but I respect his choice.

    If there was a high chance that riding put me at an extra risk, such as some kind of neck injury or something, I'd give it up. Yes, there's risk in everyday life, but if riding put me at an extra risk, I'd be willing to give it up.
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    DaveAust

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    Same dream dude. Well. Plus a few cars :)
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    Tone2
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    I ride in full knowledge of the stats about riding and the risks that it brings. The "it can't happen to me" attitude is proven wrong to an unfortunate few every week. I don't expect to die, but know that I could on any given day. Yet I still choose to ride on a regular basis. I take steps to reduce those odds in my favour, as any gambler would. But if I wasn't prepared for the possibility that it could happen to me, I'd have given up before I started.
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    deadman

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    The Richest people on this planet got there by Guessing and hard work.

    Not one of them are fortune tellers or Clairvoyants,

    Or if they are, They are not telling any one about it.

    I was told I was going to die on a motor cycle 50 odd years ago, I am still here,

    All my kids have ridden with me, Their all still here. and undamaged,

    Dropped a couple of pillions while stationary, A couple of bruises on one, Over balancing and too close to the edge of the road, They where quite funny when it happened,

    As with any thing you do in life, Manage the risks,

    Walking across a beam in a multi story building on the 27th floor, Thats a straight drop to the ground of some 280 feet, People used to say to me, Why dont you leave that for the people who do that dangerous sort of work,

    My reply, I am the person that does that dangerous work, I make the sparks falling down from the top of new Multistory buildings,
    I considered it safe for me,

    I was aware at all times of where I was and the risks involved, Same with Bike riding,

    If your worried about any thing that can kill you, Give it up,

    As your worrying will distract you when you need a clear thinking mind to avoid an incident, For want of a better word,
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    titus
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    That's it in a nutshell.

    The weird thing is that so many people think that they're safe if they don't ride. The truth is that they've not changed the odds much at all. So many other ways to come to a bad end.

    But to answer the OPs question: If I was really convinced, I'd probably stop for a few years, until the family were on their own feet. Then I'd willingly play the odds on how many years I could get, before it got me. There are many worse ways to go. Or watch someone go.
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    Dan.adl

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    I don't think I could live with the shame of having gone to a fortune teller.
    Let alone believing them for a second.
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    SkyDance

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    That means even if I stop riding, I'll still die riding. Paradox!
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    robsalvv

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    Would you stop eating shit fatty food if you knew it was going to kill you?? ...oh wait...

    Would you stop being a lazy f'ck if you knew the inactivity was going to kill you?? ...oh wait...

    Would you stop smoking if you knew it was going to kill you?? ...oh wait...


    Many people are already making decisions to keep on doing what they're doing, despite the very high probability of the consequences... Personally, I think Burt Munro said it best: No... You live more in five minutes on a bike like this going flat out than some people live in a lifetime.
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    bretto61
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    Honest, strait up you should have punched them in the mouth for suggesting such a thing.
    I have been told a few times if I keep riding with my back the way it is, I will be in a wheel chair before I am fifty.
    Well I am fifty. Still riding.
    Oh and been told by specialists who even went to school. Not some freak in a sideshow
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    b12mick
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    I'm not sure how to break this to you. Look I'll just come out and say it, you ARE at greater risk of injury or death by riding a motorcycle than by not riding a motorcycle.
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    Mahoney

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    RED ZX
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    She didn't say what I would die riding, she could have meant I would die riding a horse, or a pushbike, or a mechanical bull etc.

    I do not think there is any situation in which I would choose to stop riding altogether. It is truley a part of who I am, without it part of me would already be dead.
  18. could die riding the saucey tart from over the road! BONUS
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    smileedude
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    Yay someone got the reference, good work RED ZX.
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