The Smidsy

A few weeks ago I witnessed a motorcycle accident. I have been in an accident in the past (hit from behind on my Triumph America), but this was the first serious motorcycle accident I witnessed as a bystander. Needless to say, it was quite upsetting. I was heading east along a 4 lane road (2 lanes east, 2 lanes west) and there was a Harley Electra Glide driving alone in the oncoming direction. At the same time, a lady was pulling out of a shopping complex on the north side of the street. She looked both ways, and then shot out to get in to the eastbound lane, crossing the westbound lane in the process. Unfortunate for the Electra Glide rider, she pulled out right in front of him. He tried to swerve to avoid but hit the back end of her car, was thrown off the motorcycle and tumbled
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How do you respond to non-riders who say “motorcycles are dangerous”?

It’s difficult to explain the mental clarity and focus that comes with responsible riding to those that haven’t tried it. After some close calls, you begin berating yourself for lapses in attention or judgment. Then you start to realize that driving a car is also very serious business. Or at least it should be.
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Habits die hard

Disclaimer: anyone prone to over worry about my safety (my parents) should probably skip this entry. I’ve been wanting to write this since the first day out of Toronto but haven’t had enough time. It can be a bit scary on the bike when you realize how much you rely on luck. Today even, I was driving on the highway and a table fell out of a truck coming towards me.. The table fell into my lane and had I been just a few seconds ahead, the table could have landed on me. So on the first day, after that huge rain storm, I was finally pulling out of the gas station. The floor seemed wet but not too bad. I waited to check for a gap in on coming traffic and drove out. All of a sudden, just as I was rolling on the gas to accelerate and join
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