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  posted on 10/13/2008 at 08:51 AM
The area I live in just had three motorcycle fatalities this weekend. I was also driving on the highway this weekend and was next to a bike rider, in the right lane, doing wheelies from time to time, faster than I was driving. I don't remember doing this when I was a kid-about thirty years ago....

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  posted on 10/13/2008 at 09:04 AM
I'll tell ya who's too careless - SENIOR CITIZENS IN FREAKIN MINI-VANS!!!!

 

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  posted on 10/13/2008 at 09:37 AM
an eighty year old man hit my daughter on father's day and totaled her car! he said he didn't see her. luckily she was not hurt.
everybody needs to be careful!!!

 

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  posted on 10/13/2008 at 09:38 AM
The younger kids today tend to gravitate towards the sport bikes, and when you have all that speed and horsepower at your disposal, it's hard to resist finding out just what that bike will do. So, I think the answer to your question is...YES. Kids are more careless. Remember how invincible you felt in your twenties? I do.....

 

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  posted on 10/13/2008 at 09:47 AM
The technology change since we were kids is tremendous and frankly unbelievable.

A few years ago when I bought a dirt bike, Suzuki RM-250...I simply could not believe how powerful that thing was...I called up my brothers and told them about it, how it was NOTHING like the dirt bikes we rode as kids.

Same thing with the sport bikes of today. They simply feel GOOD at fast speeds, it feels like that is what you are supposed to do on them, go real fast, that is what they were designed to do and it almost doesn't feel right, unless you are going fast.

Couple that with youth and you can guess the outcome.

Florida just passed some VERY restrictive laws regarding speeding on motorcycles. I can't recall exactly, but if you are pulled over obviously speeding, way above the limits, you go to jail for awhile....

 

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  posted on 10/18/2008 at 03:35 PM
Anyone want to buy an '01 Suzuki RM-250 by the way?

Excellent shape, real fast and fun.

 

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  posted on 10/18/2008 at 03:56 PM
We just lost a 19 yr. old this week here. He was to go in to the Air Force next week. He was on a back road flying. Hit some railroad tracks, and went airborn in to a tree. Very sad.

 

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  posted on 10/18/2008 at 04:05 PM
One thing Duanes Death tought me years ago never ride a motorcycle way too dangerous.

 

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  posted on 10/18/2008 at 04:20 PM
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One thing Duanes Death tought me years ago never ride a motorcycle way too dangerous.

You don't just jump on a bike and ride. Most riders I know have been riding dirt since they were kids. It is a passion. Gregg still rides constantly. Sadly many just want to ride, and buy something way too powerful for them. Start small, and work your way up.

 

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  posted on 10/18/2008 at 04:41 PM
Used to ride years ago before I got married. Had to sell the bike to buy an engagement ring. Rode with about a dozen or so different guys at times. Three of them lost their lives on motorcycles. One friend bought a Yamaha 1100 when it first came out (claimed to be the fastest bike on the market) and crashed it going way to fast around a corner. Another lost his life on his bike due to a mechanical malfunction. The third was broadsided by someone running a red light. I haven't been on a bike since I sold mine because if I get on again I'll be out shopping for one the next day, and I don't want my kids riding. But to answer your question it seems to me kids in general are more reckless about everything these days. I notice a difference in kids today even from as little back as 10 years ago. Driving habits, partying habits, you name it. And even if something awful should happen to one of their friends it still doesn't seem to slow them down. Can't understand it.
 

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  posted on 10/18/2008 at 10:41 PM
In Pa. helmets became optional a couple of years ago,naturally fatalities increased. But most of the motorcycle fatalities you here about in this area are people losing control at a high rate of speed ( and about 75% wore no helmets), getting in over their heads I surmise, anyone can go fast in a straight line but those turns will catch you out if you don't respect your machine and the conditions. I bought a bike this summer 25 years, after my last one. I must say when you get older you ride with a different attutude, even when conditions are perfect I'm still thinking about a deer that could jump in front of me, other than that and some state sponsored safety courses I took, a little common sense, I got me the best helmet money could buy.

 

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  posted on 10/19/2008 at 12:48 AM
Wiggin: "Stay off motorcyclces.......And take care of your banjo."

Piney Woods: "It's a guitar."

Wiggin: "Well, stay off motorcycles."

 

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