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post #1 of 108 (permalink) Old 03-23-2009, 04:00 PM Thread Starter
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Quitting?

I didn't want to jack Glenn's thread so I started a new one

What would make you quit riding?

I've been run over, thrown, smashed, broken, sprained and slid across the pavement. Got pics of most of it too
but I don't think anything could make me. I'm too stubborn, too addicted, and too much of a knucklehead. Even while I'm still injured, I can't keep away.

So when is enough, enough? Have you ever been close to quitting? Maybe tried to give it up, only to come back?

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Watching one of my buddies get air lifted with a broken neck was enough for me to stop for a few weeks. I can say if something like that happened to me, I'd quit.

While I enjoy riding, it's not a lifestyle to me like it is to some.

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Everyones perspective is different. I personally don't like quitting ANYTHING no matter what it entails whether bikes cars friends women etc. I only quit when I can't take it anymore whether it's cash, attitude, aggrivation trying to fix things etc.

I have lost people from all avenues die from crashes including right In my arms.

...plus my gf was with me saying "omg slow down, slow down" and I was thinking "Lose annoying squalk box in passenger seat, afford more mods and have less weight in the car and on the back of the bike"...so i dumped her and I'm single again as usual...HERE KITTY KITTY!!!
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when you lose the motivation it's time to quit. I quit in 94 and started back up in 2002. I quit again in 07 and not sure if I'm riding this year either but I'm 100% okay with. But then gain, I'm just not that into motorcycles to start off with.
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Nothing. Bad luck can happen anywhere at anytime for any reason. Granted if you are pushing your luck racing at the edge then that is a different story. Smart street riding is just as safe as any other activity for the most part. I have broken two collar bones, a wrist, ankle, and back from separate incidents. After the broken back I started chilling out a little on the track, but street riding will always be a part of my life.

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So when is enough, enough? Have you ever been close to quitting? Maybe tried to give it up, only to come back?
I lost the urge to ride for a couple seasons. Mainly just the mental fuck factor. I get no support from the family, they tell me how much they hate it which makes it really tough for me.

I don't know what it would take, but when I know I'm not in it 100%, that's when I should stay off 2 wheels.
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sometimes it gets real fucking tedious loading and unloading the trailor and getting up way early in the morning. Sleeping in fucking rules
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Nothing. Bad luck can happen anywhere at anytime for any reason. Granted if you are pushing your luck racing at the edge then that is a different story. Smart street riding is just as safe as any other activity for the most part. I have broken two collar bones, a wrist, ankle, and back from separate incidents. After the broken back I started chilling out a little on the track, but street riding will always be a part of my life.
Interesting. I went just the opposite way. Gave up the street side for awhile. The only reason I'm going back is that tracktime isn't in the budget for awhile. One way or another, I'm gonna be on two-wheels.

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I think I'll probably ride until I'm no longer physically able to ride a bike. and then I'll get a quad.
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sometimes it gets real fucking tedious loading and unloading the trailor and getting up way early in the morning. Sleeping in fucking rules
Supermoto trackdays start noon or later, usually. Sleep in and cheap track time!!

Seriously, I'm beginning to wonder if I have a healthy attitude towards this. I LOVE getting up early IF its for track time. I'm like a kid on Christmas morning.

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I think it's awful tough to put a limit or breaking point on something like this. So many factors and so much unknown go along with it. Until something happens to you, it's hard to say how you'll react. I always sort of compared it to how some guys talk about "if they were in combat" and how they would act, blah blah blah. Until you actually go through it, you don't really know how you'll react.

That's why I usually suggest that people not even think about it while actually injured. There's just so many other things going on at that time and your head is in a different place.

^^speaking with regards to injuries. Families, obligations, money and any other extenuating circumstances are other considerations.

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I think I'll probably ride until I'm no longer physically able to ride a bike. and then I'll get a quad.
You'd make a great quad-goon

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i say its a matter of how you ride with a little touch of luck when it comes to going down, some do only once others will all the time. me personally thank god i havent gone down yet but hearing of others and there results seriously made me rethink my riding, i dont like doing highspeed pulls anymore on the street im lucky to be alive this season, as tempting as it is i like living thank you and value life. im now in it for crusing, reading of dave13's accident made me think and realize damn this can happen to all for any slight reason and gearing up/and riding safe is now a big thing with me.

as far as quiting riding goes, dont think i could its that complete state of zen when riding in a group with some buddys that just completly relaxes me that will always keep me going id see trading for a crusier to relax more (still keep the 600 for the track though) but when it comes down to it i could never quite riding

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Seriously, I'm beginning to wonder if I have a healthy attitude towards this. I LOVE getting up early IF its for track time. I'm like a kid on Christmas morning.
that's exactly it. When you lose the motivation to get up to go racing or trackdays or whatever. It's done.
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Losing both legs wouldn't even stop me from riding... where there's a will, there's a way!

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kids, wife and running a business played a HUGE roll in the decision.

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Never personally thought about quitting (that I can remember) and I've had my fair share of crashes and more than enough scary moments over the 5 years or so I've been riding. Riding is in my blood and I can't see myself ever quitting.... but... I do have a daughter and she is my top priority. If I ever get put in a position where I am injured bad enough where I can't take care of her, even for a short time, I would probably give it up. It's hard enough to care for her and I when I've had broken ribs, wrist, foot, minor rash, etc. I can't imagine having a serious injury and not being able to care for her.

I would just focus on other types of riding though... move to Alaska so I can snowmobile more or ride dirt or something.

For Glenn's personal case I totally understand his position because it is hard to do his job when he's broken.
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that's exactly it. When you lose the motivation to get up to go racing or trackdays or whatever. It's done.
.... I'm kinda going through that right now.

It was nice out this weekend.... I decided to sit on the couch all weekend and watch old movies..... except for when I got up to eat. Riding sounded like it might be fun, but it was too much work to get dressed.

Plus, Im tired of unintentionally "testing" my electronic steering damper on potholes.

Maybe its not the riding Im tired of... maybe its the "Midwest" Im bored with.

I imagine my attitude would be different if I lived somewhere with nice streets.

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that's exactly it. When you lose the motivation to get up to go racing or trackdays or whatever. It's done.
For you, was it something specific that killed the motivation? Just getting burnt out? Frustration with a plateau?

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I'm with jrock and cerk - I'll know it when it happens + it's tough to say what effect something that hasn't happened to you will have.

I kind of lost an interest in riding couple of years ago. But then I figured out what I really liked - going to a longer trips and sightseeing, plus wandering off the beaten path and my interest rekindled. It's not the same urge to ride all the time, but it is a steady interest, even passion. I think it's even better.

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Oh yeah, I did say at the end of last season that I was done doing demon runs. As of right now I still feel the same way but who knows. After hitting my top speed of 167 (according to my speedo) and having another rider try to fuck with me because he was passed by a girl it made me scared for the first time ever while on 2 wheels.
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Stopped Street, although I am sure I will go back at some point.

At the moment, all my riding is done at the track or in the dirt (preferably not on the same lap)

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Which tire did you find works for you in the dirt on a street bike? I'm looking for some thing like that....
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i think enough is enough when you have kids and dont want the risk of them having to grow up without you or go to your funeral at a young age
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Stopped Street, although I am sure I will go back at some point.

At the moment, all my riding is done at the track or in the dirt (preferably not on the same lap)
I love riding track and dirt in the same lap! Slicks work just fine in both
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