This is a morbid torpic I'm afraid, but I would appreciate some points of view.
The big question, I suspect, is the one we least like to face.
It's the one that brings us, however long we've been motorcycling, slap bang up against the proverbial philosophical concrete.
It's the one with the potential to stop us from riding altogether.
It's not 'can I do this'?
But 'should I'? Should I be riding a bike at all?
There are compelling reasons for this:
It's statistically many times more dangerous than car driving and most of the time it's non essential.
In addition to this, many of us have children and wives / partners.
To be killed is bad enough, but to be crippled and dependedent on others....can you seriously imagine it?
I'm asking this question of myself now, because I have 4 kids, a loving wife and serious responsibiliites.
A few of you may have picked up in a previous post that two close friends, in similar circumstances were wiped out on Sunday. They were hit by an arsehole innebriated joyrider
Hell, it hasn't made me overly nervous on the road, just EVEN MORE careful.
But every time ANYONE mentions the accident, they come out with a catalogue of their aqauintances who have bought it on bikes. Now it's all I can see / hear.
I always inherently knew it was risky.
But I averted my gaze and in 27 years and godknows how many largely uneventful miles around the world , I had become to think I was safe.
Only now, my mind has begun to think that one's luck (if it is that) must surely run out.
If anyone else has been where I am right now, and is still riding....how did you deal with it?
I suppose I could walk away from it and make everyone happy...but it seems like the wrong reason right now.
Just how goddamn risky is it? I'm not boy racer.