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Old 03-31-2008, 02:19 PM
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Thought this was worth passing on...

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JUST A BIKER

I saw you, hug your purse closer to you in the grocery store line. But
you didn't see me put an extra $10.00 in the collection plate last
Sunday.
I saw you pull your child closer when we passed each other on the
sidewalk. But you didn't see me playing Santa at the local mall.

I saw
you change your mind about going into the restaurant when you saw my
bike parked out front. But you didn't see me attending a meeting to
raise more money for the hurricane relief.

I saw you roll up your window
and shake your head when I rode by. But you didn't see me riding behind
you when you flicked your cigarette butt out the car window.

I saw you frown at me when I smiled at your children. But you didn't see me, when
I took time off from work to run toys to the homeless.
I saw you stare at my long hair. But you didn't see me and my friends
cut ten inches off for Locks of Love.

I saw you roll your eyes at our
leather jackets and gloves. But you didn't see me and my brothers donate
our old ones to those that had none.

I saw you look in fright at my tattoos. But you didn't see me cry as my
children where born or have their name written over and in my heart.

I saw you change lanes while rushing off to go somewhere. But you didn't
see me going home to be with my family.

I saw you, complain about how
loud and noisy our bikes can be. But you didn't see me when you were
changing the CD and drifted into my lane.

I saw you yelling at your kids in the car. But you didn't see me pat my child's hands knowing she was safe behind me.

I saw you reading the newspaper or map as you drove down the road. But you didn't see me squeeze my wife's leg when she told me to take the next turn.

I saw you race do wn the road in the rain. But you didn't see me get soaked to the
skin so my son could have the car to go on his date.

I saw you run the yellow light just to save a few minutes of time. But you didn't see me
trying to turn right.

I saw you cut me off because you needed to be in the lane I was in. But you didn't see me leave the road.

I saw you,
waiting impatiently for my friends to pass. But you didn't see me. I wasn't there.

I saw you go home to your family.

But you didn't see me.

Because I died that day you cut me off. I was just a biker. A person with friends and a
family. But you didn't see me.

Repost this around in hopes that people will understand the biker
community.

If you don't repost this, it sucks to be you. I hope you never lose
someone that rides.

EVEN IF YOU DON'T LIKE US, RESPECT OUR RIGHTS TO RIDE WHAT WE
CHOOSE AND TAKE A FEW EXTRA SECONDS TO BE SURE WE ARE NOT
IN "YOUR" WAY.
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Old 03-31-2008, 03:32 PM
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Old 03-31-2008, 04:10 PM
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Hey Shade Tree,
Man, you really tore me up with that one.... haven't seen that one before. This year will be my 53rd year in the saddle and I came close back in 2001. I had an angel on my passenger seat with her wings wrapped around me that day in Nov '01. I was sooooo lucky & blessed that day. I printed it out so I can make some copies & post it with the bro's I ride with & some of the biker BB's. THANK YOU!!

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Old 03-31-2008, 04:20 PM
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I do watch them. But not all are the saint made out by this bit of prose.

I saw the biker when he:
,weaved in and out of traffic... Did he see me hammer the brakes on a 7000 pound pickup to avoid smearing him like cream cheese all over the pavement?

I saw the biker when he:
,leaned too far forward allowing the gun in the back of his pants to become exposed.

I saw the biker when he:
reaked from not taking a shower in a week and complained like an old broad with nipple rings that couldn't make it through a metal detector, because nobody wanted to be near him.

I saw the bikers when they:
blocked a major road by riding side-by-side and front to back for half-a-mile, doing 30mph under the posted limit of 65mph, out for a putt...

I saw the bikers on Cops:
when they were arrested for manufacturing and dealing meth....

True, you can't judge a book by it's cover. And I do have a few friends that are bikers, mostly upper-income folks that like to dress up on the weekend. But with so many trying to show that the text matches the cover. It diminishes you all. Police your own and opinion will change.
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Old 03-31-2008, 04:21 PM
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What were you riding in '55 york..?
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Old 03-31-2008, 07:26 PM
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I had though about getting another bike. But "SWMBO" and the offspring ganged up on me and pointed out an article that "old guys" Buying new bikes after many years hiatus, are the #1 fatality group!!!
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Old 03-31-2008, 08:36 PM
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I do watch them. But not all are the saint made out by this bit of prose.

. . .

I saw the biker when he:
,weaved in and out of traffic... Did he see me hammer the brakes on a 7000 pound pickup to avoid smearing him like cream cheese all over the pavement?

. . .
Not wanting to pick a fight but are you aware of how many police officers/agents ride bikes and conversely how many bikers are cops?
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Old 03-31-2008, 11:15 PM
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Shade, that is a very neat deal you posted and I agree. On the other hand, I have rode most of my life racing, etc. The damn streets are way more dangerous than any race track because of competing with automobiles. You can't. That being the case, as an old friend of mine, who owns many motorcycles and collects them that I ride with, always says "I believe it is always the motorcycle riders' fault" because you don't get a second chance in most cases, so you damn well better be watching and driving for all those people in cars and planning way ahead at every instant. Point being is that after the collision with that guy in the car who was at fault it doesn't do your a$$ much good from the grave while he is only worried about getting his car to the body shop. We ride light-weight sport bikes, performance enhanced, and do cut up and lay down some rubber. We always wear Kevlar-lined jeans to keep you from getting skinned alive if you do kiss the pavement, full-faced helmets only, full protective jackets with padding, gloves, and boots, Always - No Exceptions. In my racing days, this stuff has payed off, but odds are, it won't when you tangle with a 5000-pound automobile. So, if you are on that bike, it winds up always being your deal. Have a fun and safe ride.
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Old 03-31-2008, 11:59 PM
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In "96 I spent six weeks in intensive care because a guy in a car forced me off the road just for fun. I'm only here because of the prayers of my family and friends, The best safety equipment I could buy and because the Good Lord was'nt ready for me yet. I've ridden for many years, I remain alert and I keep my skills sharp and my equipment in tip top shape and this idiot nearly killed me anyway.
Let's be careful out there.

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Old 04-01-2008, 12:49 AM
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About 30 years ago I decided 2 things with respect to motorcycling:

1. That whenever you take a calculated risk, the potential reward should be at least as great as the potential consequences of that risk. When you consider it from that point of view, a motorcycle is a damned poor investment.

2. Everybody has the right to outgrow something. For me, it was motorcycles.
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