Do I need to read a book? Take MSF? Am I not serious enough about riding to be safe? Somewhat serious question, but I find in this forum we have some rather serious posters. The only difference I can perceive between myself and a few is my attitude about riding. It would seem to be "wrong." Because we all ride bikes, right? Must I think a certain way when I mount my bike everyday to be safe? I wear helmet, appropriate jacket, riding gloves, and appropriate boots or shoes for no slip traction. I am not agatt but I am covered from head to toe even in SoCal summers. And that was just for scooters. So are these the "trolls" in the forum calling me a "squid" or should I know something I don't? Oh, maybe I will just quit riding and be "sportbikeless" in a year, as one poster says? Which is nonsense. It seems ridiculous, but maybe they are right? My attitude needs to change about riding when getting on the bike. And I am quite serious about that. This is a safety forum, of sorts. I ride lawfully, have broken the mirror of a car of a gang member and kept going. I did not mention the thug in the thread where I was bashed for riding on. I did not mention it was a gang member with tattoos and a shaved head who tried to swipe me, because I thought some might side with me easier, or start gun talk like in other threads here when "thugs" enter the banter. I just wanted some unbiased answers. I was in a place akin to Compton, on a scooter. Did not mention that, either. Because I did not want it to become political. I just wanted to say "i hit a mirror and kept on going" because a driver tried to kill me. And I would keep going again in the same situation. For this I am "reckless" and a "squid." I find that silly. And for all that it follows me to my new thread. Apparently, my attitude about riding is wrong. I need be more serious and give more courtesy to those trying to kill me on the road. Otherwise I am a squid and give all of you a bad name. But you see, I am not a squid. I know what that is. If any SoCal riders were ever meet and ride with me that is so apparent. So, so appreant. Quite seriously. If I can be serious for a moment as others can. But you see, my attitude about riding is wrong, so it seems. And does it matter? Because if so, maybe I can learn something, here. Something that will save my ass. Or yours. Quite seriously. It does seem very serious business to some. Although we all do the same thing, take the same risks, and hopefully ride within our limits as well as the limits of the law, perhaps how i think about it does matter? I have a lot to learn about riding. I will get that from expereince, taking my riding lesson tomorrow, and my upcoming MSF course. But I know how to ride, and I do it for the freedom of it, not the fear or politics of it. And not for the sport of it. It's the joy of it. I don't know, maybe this ""Perfect Line" forum is a serious one and I did not realize that? Not a place for relaxing a little after a ride. It's ok lots of other good forums here at ADV. They never called me a squid in Battle Scooters. I am starting to miss my home. Have a good time, guys. Keep the rubber side down, and maybe I will pass you on the road, sometime.