Remind me not to become one of your rapidly dwindling supply of friends. yikes!
Since both of us ride, 1 incident shouldn't take out both of us. My wife is too independent to ride bitch. Although, while she has her license and a bike, she never rides enough to get "over the hump" with her skill set. I think it will become a passing fad. so, no we don't have a good backup plan in case both of us bite it. I think Grandma and Grandpa would be stuck.
Yes, I have crashed. Grace too with a prior BF. I am now getting over shoulder surgery because of a past crash. And I used to work in an ER. I know what can happen.
A little. My boys are 10 and 14. Especially the 14 year old as next year he gets his permit. They get the dose of reality. My 3 year old is a little young.
I sell insurance so there is several million on my head. I probably should get some more, but I don't want it to be too attractive to my wife.
I skipped your order and saved this for last. How do I justify riding.
1. While marriage and kids does change your life, you can't stop living your life. You just think about the results of your actions more. And yes, I'm modifying what I do because of my responsibility to me and my family.
2. I have definately changed how, when, where I ride over the years.
3. Funny, I have been having multiple conversations and have devoted a lot of thought about this year's activities. I have more potential track days lined up than I have ever had in a year. If I add them up, including the flat track stuff there are around a dozen. I don't think I'll make half of them. I might only do 1 or 2 road events, just so I'm not a total puss. BTW, I personally think track days are a safer than the group rides. I prefer the track to just commuting or bombing around.
4. Before I get on the track again, I'm going to turn 48. I've been riding since my teens although track stuff has only been since 99. I've come to the conclusion that I really have nothing to prove to myself or anyone else anymore. I just like getting out there to work on my skill set. I never push past 80% or so and ride somewhere between fast intermediate to slow advanced pace. I just want to go out and ride clean lines with good technique.
5. I know I can still get messed up, but whenever I throw a leg over the saddle I "preflight" my self and the bike. You will never see me out with out proper gear (down to a spine protector ever time), in good mental (no booze or even a hangover), and have the recently checked out the bike down to tire pressures.
6. I guess the final justificaiton is that there are a lot of things all of us do that can kill or hurt us. Riding is just another measured risk. I do what I can to minimize them. If at some point I determine that the risk isn't worth the reward I'll quit. Heck, with the amount of pain my shoulder has put me through over the last 3 years I think a lot about what I'm doing on the bike.
Whew, that was more than I wanted to say... Yak yak yak