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Element's Red For Sale

Sadly, getting out of the sport, at least for now. Here is my link to CL, if you know anyone that is looking. About a 100 miles on the rear Roadsmart, front is half worn, also Roadsmart. Accessories, you probably know already if you have been on the forum for a year or more. The price is for the stock motorcycle, except for the gearing. Thanks for everything, and by everything, I mean you.

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As a result of a pushbike race crash?, granted with a punctured lung - but that wasnt your fault and completely unrelated to a M/bike?

I would stand back and see this as a overreaction. With respect, IMO your simply giving in to fear in general, understanably a bit rattled, but few rides will be distant memory.

What else you going to do (give up that you enjoyed) thats without risk? Stick it in the garage and clean it for a month then see? ....

get well soon
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Please Element, just wait.
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As a result of a pushbike race crash?, granted with a punctured lung - but that wasnt your fault and completely unrelated to a M/bike?

I would stand back and see this as a overreaction. With respect, IMO your simply giving in to fear in general, understanably a bit rattled, but few rides will be distant memory.

What else you going to do (give up that you enjoyed) thats without risk? Stick it in the garage and clean it for a month then see? ....

get well soon
Exactly, the fear is that I will let someone else cut my life short. I will miss riding everyday for the rest of my life, the point is, I want to watch my children and their children along their life path. Selfish, yes; afraid, who me??

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Exactly, the fear is that I will let someone else cut my life short. I will miss riding everyday for the rest of my life, the point is, I want to watch my children and their children along their life path. Selfish, yes; afraid, who me??
well said, but do remember that nothing in you life happens without your permission. All events happens for a reason and its up to you to find out what the message to you is about.

Wish you well and hope you will be in the forum.

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Had a buddy go down hard a couple years back, saw it in my rear view mirror. Shook me up pretty good, sold my bike shortly after. Over time the urge to ride grew stronger and that memory faded, and ended up on the Versys. Best wishes to you...

Still tryin' to recapture the magic of being 10 years old on a Honda Mini Trail 50...
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well said, but do remember that nothing in you life happens without your permission. All events happens for a reason and its up to you to find out what the message to you is about.

Wish you well and hope you will be in the forum.

Get well and
How poetic. However, I couldn't disagree more.

It sounds like the OP is concerned about the things that could happen without his permission, such as the actions of other drivers that could affect him and his life. He has a valid point.
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This all boils down to an individual choice about what defines "quality of life".

OP has defined as part of his quality of life growing old to watch his children and grandchildren. His decision to make and we all need to respect him for that.

Good luck and be well!
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My brother broke both his legs and couldnt walk for 6 months in 2007 as a result of a car running him off the road. He swore he was done. Now in 2010, he is itching hard to ride and is contemplating getting a track bike. It may be gone now but it will be back!

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My brother broke both his legs and couldnt walk for 6 months in 2007 as a result of a car running him off the road. He swore he was done. Now in 2010, he is itching hard to ride and is contemplating getting a track bike. It may be gone now but it will be back!
Another good point. Consider my history:
15-18 Dirt rider
18 Hospitalized for Motorcycle/car crash
18-20+ Street
22-52 NO MOTORCYCLE

30 years of motorcycle abstinence. I'll be 84 yrs old when I cave in; maybe I'll get a flying one then!

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Thanks for the heads up on my Craigslist posting. Hopefully, this one works:
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good luck in any decision you make. But please remember what ever activity you decide to give up no one is guaranteed a tomorrow or a safe existence
http://roadracingworld.com/news/article/?article=40383

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Going to miss you around here, but I can't blame you for the decision...Seems the older I get the more these thoughts creep in, then I go for a ride and its all good...Wish you all the good stuf down the road...

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Shouldn't this be under the "For Sale" thread?
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Well.... He has a for sale thread too....



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Cb here, sorry we never had a chance to ride together. Be good....be safe Cb
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I'll leave you to think on these wise words from an extraordinary person:

"Avoiding danger is no safer in the long run than outright exposure. The fearful are caught as often as the bold. Security is mostly a superstition. It does not exist in nature, nor do the children of men as a whole experience it. Avoiding danger is no safer in the long run than outright exposure. Life is either a daring adventure, or nothing.”

Helen Keller
The Open Door (1957)

You cannot escape death. You can sit in a rocking chair and die of a heart attack. When it's your time to go, it's your time to go.

I've skidded down the pavement a few times. Once badly enough to centerpunch a tree head first landing me in the hospital for five days with a head injury and a broken arm. I've been in the bed of a pickup truck that flipped completely over, barely missing my head. I've fallen out of a tree and received a nasty concussion. Car crashes...oh yea...many. One took me off a 15 foot embankment where the car flipped three times and the roof crushed flat...I walked away. Broke my arm in a bicycle crash once too (first broken bone...ah the memories).

My point is...everyone dies, but not everyone lives. I have a wife and child, and if I didn't ride, I wouldn't be who I am. It brings me happiness. It keeps me sane.

It's sort of like gun control. It's pointless. If you ban guns, what's next? Knives? Baseball bats? Fatty foods? All of them can kill you.

Be careful in the shower, they can be slippery....many people die each year from slipping in the shower. Food poisoning is a bitch too...better stop eating. I hear starvation is bad too.

See where I'm going here? Just live your life the way you want to live it and let the chips fall where they may. If you love riding...then ride. Do what you can to mitigate the risks. Wear proper gear and ride safely.
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I'll leave you to think on these wise words from an extraordinary person:

"Avoiding danger is no safer in the long run than outright exposure. The fearful are caught as often as the bold. Security is mostly a superstition. It does not exist in nature, nor do the children of men as a whole experience it. Avoiding danger is no safer in the long run than outright exposure. Life is either a daring adventure, or nothing.

Helen Keller
The Open Door (1957)
LOVE that quote. Amazing words from a woman who took risks and wound up changing the world.

Wherever your journey takes you, do what makes you happy. And here's hoping you heal fast and as good as new.

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The man has made his decision for his reasons...isn't that enough?
We all have our own opinions and that is fine and just. Why force them on others?
Kind of like your race, religion, color or orientation is the only right one...it is...for you.

Now I'm off the soap box.

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Hate to see you leave, but we must all make our own decisions in life. Just wish we had a chance to ride together.

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