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My wifes best Friend lost her brother and his wife, about 2 years ago in a bike VS SUV accident.
They were bar hopping with friends , and left the last place intoxicated ran a red light and hit a suburban. Her Brother died on the way to the Hospital, his wife died 2 days later. They left behind young teenage daughters with no parents.
NOW the couple that was riding behind them, were good friends with them and they both performed cpr on the guy until medics arrived.. They Saw the Whole thing, basically watched him die, and knew the consequences.

So fast forward a few years THAT couple was bar hopping on their Harley, went to ride home.. Wife wouldn't get on bike with Husband.. (SMART) and husband takes off, and you guessed it, Dies on the way home while riding drunk.. Mind you this is AFTER watching his good friend Die while riding drunk..
Just Stupid.. I dont get it.
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It's one personal rule and something they talk about at the MSF course. I don't consume alcohol PERIOD if I know I'm going to ride my MC.
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This is why I never understood bike nights at places that serve alcohol. I actually saw billboards in Hot Springs, AR regarding riding while intoxicated. I guess they have a huge problem in that area. But, I guess I would rather they be on a bike than in a truck since they most likely will only kill themselves.

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I know one beer won't kill me....the mope that sat at the bar all night then wobbles out the lot and over my butt will. I'll take that beer, but make it root. No alcohol til I'm on MY couch.
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I'm a serious craft beer geek, and the temptation can be great, particularly when I'm out on a tour and spy a brewpub or brewery I haven't tried, but I realize that I need ALL my brain cells firing when I'm on two wheels, so I wait until the bike is parked for the day. That, and some good luck, may be why I'm still upright and riding after about 30 years.
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This is why I never understood bike nights at places that serve alcohol.
I complained to a local Hooters a few years ago for their weekly "Bike Night" with super cheap pitchers of beer. They basically told me to eff off.

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i don't drink a drop when I ride. Not worth the risk.

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This is why I'm the "anti-social" one in the bunch. Most of the rides are from bar to bar to bar.
Some are drinking and some are smoking.... and some both. It's scary.

Not an alcohol hater - I DO drink some - but never before getting on or into a motor vehicle. Simply NOT that talented.

In the mean time - I'll ride by myself.
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When you look at the statistics and it's something like 50 percent of fatalities involve alcohol and over a third of motorcycle accidents are single vehicle affairs, it says all I need to hear. Back in 07-08 the Marines were losing more guys to motorcycle accidents than enemy action, so we basically had mandatory motorcycle safety classes even if we didn't ride. They showed us lots of grizzly crash photos. I had an OSHA course to be a forklift operator and they showed us similar stuff. I respect heavy machinery and keep my distance, and I have no problem saying cheers with seltzer water.
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I complained to a local Hooters a few years ago for their weekly "Bike Night" with super cheap pitchers of beer. They basically told me to eff off.
In today's litigious society, Hooters is considered responsible for someone being overserved alcohol and then crashing. Right, wrong, or indifferent, this is the way it is.

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What a sad story this is ... The surviving woman must be losing her sh*t !


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What a sad story this is ... The surviving woman must be losing her sh*t !


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Yes.. I dont get it .. it's like playing Russian roulette with 6 bullets instead of 1.
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We had a 17 year old in my city killed 2 nights ago on a Yamaha FZ09, 1:30 in the morning, revving out to the speed of a blur. Hit so hard he sheered a wooden telephone pole off the ground. Bad decision. It all comes down to making decisions.

Motorcycling is not itself inherently dangerous, but it is violently unforgiving of bad decisions.
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We had a 17-year-old in my city killed 2 nights ago on a Yamaha FZ09, 1:30 in the morning, revving out to the speed of a blur. Hit so hard he sheered a wooden telephone pole off the ground. Bad decision. It all comes down to making decisions.

Motorcycling is not itself inherently dangerous, but it is violently unforgiving of bad decisions.
At 17 years old we are invincible, nothing bad will happen to us, only others. There is no doubt that high speed is addictive, I love it myself. However, there is a time and place for it, a lesson that is hopefully learned with age, experience and little damage done to the body. I was a hooligan at 17 and learned the lesson with minimal damage to my body. I did, however, wreck a few bikes learning those lessons.

That part of life-learning I understand but what I have a difficult time with is why older riders would ride drunk? Shallow end of the gene pool?
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