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Keep your ego in check...

All joking aside ok. And this may go for other people on here as well and myself for that matter because I am not a saint and I am by no means the safest or best rider myself. We all take chances riding on the street and on the track every time we saddle up onto our motorcycles.

I have numerous times in various threads stated how crazy Germany rides and comparing him to being crazier than G2G. I'd like to apologize for this as I would hope one would not try to live up to the statements in posts I have submitted. Meaning, don't ride crazier just because I am talking shit on the internet. This goes for anyone on here. Try to ride with your ego in check and within your skill level. You don't need to prove your skills to anyone especially on a street ride. I understand we get excited and start having a good time and take more chances. I just don't want to see any of my good friends or fellow riders get hurt.

I'm 31 now and the older I get the more I realize my mortality. The reasons why I realize this is because for one I saw my dad get killed right infront of my eyes back in 01. I was on my bike and he was on his. It was fucking horrible and forever embedded in my brain. I have witness horrible crashes on the street and on the track. The sport of motorcycling is one of the greatest things in my life but in the same breath I know that it can bite really hard.

So this is just a post for everyone on here for all my friends and fellow riders to be safe during the upcoming riding season. I know we are all anxious to get out there. Be safe, ride safe, wear your gear, watch out for potholes and watch out for assholes pulling out in front of you.

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Try to take all the right precautions with your equipment as well.

Check your tire pressure / tire wear, check your brake pads, check your chain and sprockets before every ride. Don't let a stupid mechanical failure or lack of maintenance give you a ride in the hearse.

If you have safety concerns post them. If you are hesitant with your skills take a class to build up your confidence and riding ability.

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Good post. The street is no place to screw around. Sounds like a broken record but, take it to the track.

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Good post , I hope someone will learn from it .
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being newish 2 riding... this makes total sense. i realize it's dangerous and thinking i'm invincible is not the smart way of thinkin when i'm on my bike. and for that reason, i think i consider myself more of a cruiser. i love sport bikes but at the same time, i dont have 2 prove shit 2 any1. my bike is sexy and i love 2 ride. that's it. i see no need 2 take the bike to her limits and do excessive speeding or acting "crazy" but that's just me....
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you're only 31? - fuck i am old
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The problem is if people have not seen bad shit happen they will ignore this. A rude awakening is typically required to get the message across.

It's funny sometimes to. People who are new in the sport praise it and say it is the best thing ever and the most awesome time they have had. Then, they see bad shit happen or bad shit happens to them. Then suddenly motorcycles are the worst thing on the planet. I hate that.

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Well said.

Oh one more thing, s*** I'm old.


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31 ..... fucking newbie.


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We are all getting older Nick. I got a handful of years on you also and I can say that every year I get more cautious, kind of counter intuitive since every year technically we have more experience. Good thing that I did not ride when I was a lot younger. Thought I was invincible back then, luckily I was into cars then. If I rode I would have never seen 20.

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But seriously I know I have had this conversation many of times with close friends here. within the last 2-3 years I have slowed down quite a bit. Broken bones and bad crashes do that to a person. Like Nick, I have seen friends crash and die in front of my eyes and it stays with you forever.

When people that I don't know are on a group ride with me or other faster guys there is NO need to try to impress us. You want to impress me? well don't crash on a group ride, ride safe and don't stop for cops.

Great post Nick.

BTW I am 38 but I feel like 58.
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BTW I am 38 but I feel like 58.
You are pretty twisted and mangled.

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Great post Nick

But I'm still gonna ride flat out

And as other people have said I have seen myself chilling a lil more on the street every year, it's just not worth it. I had great friends and help when I crashed and broke my collarbone a few years ago but I don't wanna go through that again, nor do I want to see any friends go through it or worse!

Take it to the TRACK!!! It's much more fun too

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When people that I don't know are on a group ride with me or other faster guys there is NO need to try to impress us. You want to impress me? well don't crash on a group ride, ride safe and don't stop for cops.
^^ This, the way to impress is DON'T crash, you don't want to be "That Guy"

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This thread was total awesome until Under2000 had to go and post "take it to the track." Nick can correct me if I am wrong (he has in the past, lol), but I think that is not Nick's point at all. He is addressing both enviroments where you can get hurt or killed. One enviroment may give you better odds, but the result can be the same, better or worse.

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.You want to impress me? well don't crash on a group ride, ride safe and don't stop for cops. .
Think back to when I use to group ride with you fools - I was ALWAYS the last one leaving Kegger, Bruce, You, Nolan, Bfly and that whole crew waiting for me but was never gonna do something that kept me from getting to the next turn

I do miss that SuperDuke sometimes but it will NEVER compare to the feeling of SM on a track - Wait, i take that back - Jrocks F4Ts and our Gap Trip were pretty fucking awesome but again, I was the slowest in the group

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This thread was total awesome until Shelly had to go and post "take it to the track." Nick can correct me if I am wrong (he has in the past, lol), but I think that is not Nick's point at all. He is addressing both enviroments where you can get hurt or killed. One enviroment may give you better odds, but the result can be the same, better or worse.
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