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Two kinds of bikers

Always heard the phrase there are two kinds of bikers...those that have been down and those that are going down. I am feeling pretty confident out there and I hear that needs to be tempered alot with caution. So I want to hear that there are a number of riders out there how have a number of riding years without an accident. So I have two questions: 1) For those that have never been down how long is your streak and what do you contribute your good fortune too? and 2) For those bikers that have been down what happened and what could/should you have done differently?

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I'm 62 and started riding at 14. Never put one down, My dad raced an Indian, and taught me how to ride defensively.

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So there is hope glad to hear it and thanks for the reply!!

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I had been riding for 5 years when i dropped mine It was raining and a school bus ran a stop sign and turned left in front of me.

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I am 26, been riding since i was 18. Never really laid my bike down, had a little incident at a gas station, the kickstand hit the concrete divider and didn't go down properly and i laid the bike down, was able to kinda catch it so it didn't smash so hard on the concrete, no damage done.

I really don't believe in that saying, two kinds of bikers, those that have been down and those that are going down. It really doesn't make sense. That's like saying, there's two types of people, those who are dead and those who are going to die.
I mean its kinda blunt logic and kinda stupid logic at the same time. Obviously if you have been down, then you are in the first group, and if you haven't been down, then you are in the second group, but who's to say there's not a third group, the ones who never go down. (And trike riders don't really count for you smartbutts, lol)

I think another issue is how many of those that have been down, get back up and keep riding.
I know a guy who laid his bike down due to some gravel in a turn, he said he will NEVER get back on a motorcycle again. But i also know riders who have been in bad bad crashes and still get back in the saddle as soon as they can.

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I have been riding since I was 16. The only bike that I went down on was a minnie bike, more than once. I ussually ride the speed limit. Slow down at night and have extra running lights. I also ussually run with bright beam on during the day. Expect the cagers to run stops or pull away from stops and turn left in front of you.

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I like the three degrees of separation theory as listed in "Ride Hard Ride Smart" by Pat Hahn.
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dritbikes oh god yes i crashed lots of times ... on the street not yet . im 26 first bike i rode was a honda 80 at 14 then a 125 a 175 a 250 4 stroker an old 550 enduro <sp a big full dresser harley a honda cbr1000 rr << scared the liveing $hit out of me a kz750 < actually rode that the night before i bought the vulcan .again never layed a street bike down yet

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Got my first bike at 19 and never laid it down, took off riding for about 20 years now I've been back at it for about 5 yrs now and still upright.

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So I laid my bike down December of 2008. We had nice weather out here in Washington for a few days and then it rained. I hit an oil slick on the road while I was on my brakes. Bike took a fall quicker then I could think! Thank god I made it go to the right and not the left cause I would not be here right now! I would have been a smear on a set of truck tires! Anyways ended up blowing my left knee. ACL Reconstruction and had to fix a few meniscus tears and remove 50% of my cartilage! Anyways My surgeon told me that if I damage it again I would be looking at full knee replacement! Anyways said screw it gotta die sometime and hopped back on for this season! Sad to say I did more damage to me then the bike!!! Bike took it on the highway pegs and the side bags! Just a few scrapes did not even have to replace them!!!

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