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Discussion in 'The Perfect Line and Other Riding Myths' started by SCQTT, Apr 16, 2009.
When I was a kid you probably would have gotten beaten up for showing up with a helmet.
So let me get this straight....
The same person that started this thread about taking responsibility for your own safety....
Doesn't choose to extend this right to those who either don't have a voice, or those too young to make the decision for themselves.
Dakez read the parts below that you wrote and I highlighted in red.
The problem is.... since some don't have the intelligence, maturity or awareness to responsibly protect their own lives, how can they possibly make a life/death/risk decision for someone else?
5. Its Always Your Fault, No Matter What
Heres the thing about riding a bike: youre taking your life into your own hands. Theres no steel safety cage, no airbags, no crumple zone, its just you and your wits against the world. If you ask me, thats what makes riding so great, but it also means you need to make a fundamental shift in your thinking. It doesnt matter what it says on the police report or the insurance papers or that the teenage chick was texting her boyfriend when she hit you; all that matters is she hit you. And you could have prevented it, you needed to, its your life, not hers.
So go out there and actively take your own life into your own hands. No excuses.
By the way...
Dakez, To a great extent, I agree with you.
I'm not in favour of a nanny state and don't want the gov't intruding into my bedroom.
But by the same token, I know that many people can't take responsibility for themselves and if we don't speak up for those upon whom they may have a direct effect, who will? And how responsible are we for not doing so?
Let Darwin work.
Sounds good. Sounds tough. Some people even think it sounds intelligent..
Who gets to decide who can speak for themselves and who can't? Who is this group of "we" that I'm being assigned to?
Who said you were being "assigned" to the we group?
Back to the pictures boys.
Much easier to point out the "fail..."
Point taken. Probably important to get as many layers of obfuscation in there as possible. Wouldn't want any responsibility to be accepted for anything anywhere.
I just find it ironic that a citizen of a democratic republic with a constitution that begins with "We the People" would need to ask "Who is this group of "we" that I'm being assigned to?":huh
No, I am Not kidding. The kids do not belong to the public... They belong to their parents. This does not mean that there should be no laws to protect them, such as laws against abuse. I am even OK with the "Feet must Reach the Pegs" law. But parents are the ones that should decide and weigh the risks for their own children. I did say "overbearing Laws"
Funny, I was thinking the same thing.....or we would have all taken turns bashing our heads into something hard while wearing it to test it's effectiveness......
As for the pictures....this is SandyTheDog....she rode over 50,000 miles on the pillion of my friend Bill's bike. She absolutely loved riding with as much of a passion as anyone. Unfortunately she past away last year (not bike related).
in my case, it made you (me) into pellet gun target practice.
btw, some kids can actually miss a helmet sized target from 10 feet away and hit you in the neck instead.
on a related note, needle nose pliers work great for digging pellets out of your neck...
That explains a lot. Lead poisoning.
Got it. You're serious.
"But by the same token, I know that many people can't take responsibility for themselves and if we don't speak up for those upon whom they may have a direct effect, who will? And how responsible are we for not doing so?"
So, everyone has to act as a unit?
Took a ride to the Dragon today on my W650. More cars than bikes on the road.
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Stopped at the way out of Cade's Cove for a quick photo. Little chilly but a nice ride.
Do you ever take a few seconds and think about your posts/replies?
I would ride down to Southern Pines for one of those...
You got any left?
I used to make a run to Belgium and stock up about every 6 months when I lived in Germany. That was 5 years ago though
Sent from the voices in my head and transcribed by their drinking buddy...
Sweet looking ride!
Unless I'm mistaken, every Trappist brewery is available in the US except for Westvleteren