With great regret I am hanging up my boots
Posted 18 May 2008 - 11:28 AM
Not long ago I mentioned on here, that we had traveled the length of the country and back to watch some racing through slete, snow and hail. I lost count of how many times I asked myself 'Why the hell am I doing this?'
On the UK's crowded roads it's getting more and more dangerous and the pleasures of motorcycling are far from what they were when I started out. For mainly that reason our rides have become fewer and further between. When I get home I find myself relieved to a degree that we made it in one piece.
Today we went across country to a 70's bike show. It was a great event and one we shared with an old biking buddy of mine from the very early days. On the way home, he pulled out a lead on me after I got stuck in traffic. I nailed the FJR to catch him up. As I aproached him and slowed to his pace, an Audi sports car pulled out from behind me and flew past at about 70-80mph. This was in a 40. He thought I was racing with him. He then continued to overtake a line of traffic and almost tee boned a car turning across the traffic (who was doing nothing wrong). This would have been a multiple fatal accident if they had connected.
I have seen enough and have arrived home feeling relieved once too often. This combined with a very recent experience that illustrated how quickly a happy life can be ruined. (A close friend was diagnosed with cancer and died 5 weeks later). I have had plenty of near misses and escapes over the years and feel that now is a good time to park the bike and hang up my lid.
We (my Mrs. & me) will still have a great interest in racing, and I will still attend this forum as long as I am welcome. I hope you guys don't think any less of me for 'chickening out' but when the worry of what might be, overcomes the pleasure it really is time to stop.
JAMES TOSELAND British World Superbike Champion 2007
Posted 18 May 2008 - 11:33 AM
Posted 18 May 2008 - 11:58 AM
Then I got a call that he had bought "something" Italian.....a Moto Guzzi. They are back riding the streets (She has an FZ-6), but more for enjoyment and not at the pace or frequency he once did.
It might be worth it to keep the FJR for a month or so and make sure this is a permanent decision. Whatever your choice, I always enjoy your race reports and insight into "that" community
Do not argue with an idiot. He will drag you down to his level and beat you with experience.
Posted 18 May 2008 - 12:01 PM
Posted 18 May 2008 - 12:01 PM
I tried three times to give it up, three new bikes later it has been a year now and Iím over it. Good luck and I understand what youíre going through, wish I would have respected my feelings, would have saved me some broken bones and a week in the hospital.
Posted 18 May 2008 - 12:18 PM
"Peace is that brief glorious moment in history when everybody
stands around reloading," -- Thomas Jefferson
2009 XR 1200 2009 FJR 1300 2005 FJR 1300 2003 FJR 1300
Posted 18 May 2008 - 12:53 PM
I know how you feel. You're either working your ass off to stay alive, or wondering where "The Man" is lurking to ruin your driving record.
I'm not throwin' in the towel just yet, but I admire and respect your decision. Go in peace....
Posted 18 May 2008 - 01:14 PM
Take your time, but as MadMike said, it might be worth hanging on to the FEEJ for a month or so to see if it is a passing phase. Either way, go with you gut and stay safe no matter what you drive or do.
Posted 18 May 2008 - 01:18 PM
Good luck with whatever your new interests will be.
Posted 18 May 2008 - 01:20 PM
Best of luck.
Posted 18 May 2008 - 01:39 PM
Like many others, I've had to face life without racing or adopt a very altered life with surgery and severe risks. Mental "injuries" are certainly just as real and can be just as impossible to overcome. If your mind is no longer on the ride, it's definitely time to get off.
Take a break and give time a chance to either erode the fears or cement the decision. Too bad you are so far from the Blue Ridge Mountains. I know lots of places that would change your mind.
Posted 18 May 2008 - 02:51 PM
Posted 18 May 2008 - 03:08 PM
Posted 18 May 2008 - 03:12 PM
I can truly understand where you're coming from and admire what you feel you have to do. Enough can be enough no matter what our chosen sport is. You're ALWAYS welcome here in my book. I've enjoyed your many posts and hope to enjoy more.
Posted 18 May 2008 - 05:32 PM
It just goes to show that once you have ridden, you will always be a rider. Your interest may fade for whatever reason, but it will return. And when it does, youíll be back out there, heading down your favorite stretch of highway.
Los Robustos M/C member "Eat to Ride - Ride to Eat"
Posted 18 May 2008 - 05:59 PM
I can relate. And although there haven't been a lot of reply's, over 400 people have viewed... many have thoughts about this subject.
I love to ride!! There aren't many things I like more... but a forum topic I once read says it all re the flip side: "It's all fun and games... until someone gets hurt".
So it's a decision we all have to make, utmost respect for you Sir in yer decision! Wish you and your's the Best.
Posted 18 May 2008 - 06:45 PM
Posted 18 May 2008 - 07:19 PM
If you don't enjoy it any more, what's the point?
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I cried because I could not wheelie, until I met a man with no motorcycle.
Posted 18 May 2008 - 08:05 PM
Only you can make that decision and we will all respect it. I value the friendship we have formed and hope that this won't keep you away.